Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident?
Injury Attorney in Nashville Protecting the Rights of Riders and Their Families
When motorcycle accidents happen, they can destroy lives. The fatal accident rate for motorcyclists in Tennessee and nationwide is significantly higher than the fatal rates for car occupants. Injuries from motorcycle crashes that are not fatal tend to be severe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injuries to the neck and head, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), are a leading cause of injury in nonfatal motorcycle wrecks.
Riders constantly have to combat the negative stereotype that their way of driving exposes them to accident and injury risks, which is simply not true. When accidents do happen, motorcyclists and their families need the assistance of knowledgeable legal support who understands this fact and whose priority it is to gain the compensation they deserve. Nashville motorcycle accident lawyer Stanley A. Davis knows that many times, it is the driver of the car, truck or other vehicle involved who actually the one at fault. He believes that these riders, along with all those traveling on the road, deserve to feel safe and have the law uphold their rights after life-altering collisions.
Where Do Most Motorcycle Crashes Occur in Tennessee?
Motorcycles can travel at high speeds like other automobiles but have very limited protection in case of accidents. Many drivers who cause accidents with motorcycles simply state, “I did not see the motorcycle.” Drivers tend to notice other large vehicles but overlook the smaller motorcycles. Whether caused by the motorist not observing the rider or distractions while driving, it is often too late when the driver finally does take notice.
So, where on the roadway are motorcycle riders at the most risk of serious injuries?
- When a car turns left at an intersection – When making a left hand turn at any intersection, drivers tend to misjudge the speed of motorcycles or fail to acknowledge them altogether. In many cases, a motorcyclist will drive straight through the intersection in the opposite direction when a driver attempting to make a left turn collides with the motorcycle.
- When a motorcyclist passed a car – A motorcyclist may attempt to overtake a car when the car stops and proceeds to make a left turn, hitting the motorcycle. Tennessee law finds all drivers who collide with other vehicles while making a left turn, which includes motorcycles, responsible for negligence.
- When a car changes lanes – On roads with two or more lanes, drivers sometimes attempt to enter a motorcyclists’ space while changing lanes. Cars overtaking other vehicles also may miss motorcyclists driving in the opposite direction, which can result in head-on collisions.
- When a car strikes a rider head on – Another dangerous situation can occur when cars hit motorcycles head on. In most instances, the car collides with a motorcycle from the front. Whether the motorcycle is moving or stopped, this accident most likely will result in catastrophic effects for the rider.
Motorcycle Laws in TN
Like bicyclists, motorcycle riders must also adhere to the same Tennessee traffic laws as drivers of cars and trucks – Riders cannot text while driving, cannot drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and must follow the posted speed limits. However, there are some special laws that apply only to motorcyclists:
- Passengers on motorcycles who are children must have their feet on footpegs
- Riders need to wear eye protection, unless their bike has a windscreen
- Lane splitting, or when a motorcyclist travels between lanes to overtake stopped or slow vehicles, is not permitted
- Wearing a helmet is required by law
- Riders must have their headlight on during the daytime
How Can a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help Me After a Crash?
Even if you believe the accident may have been partially your fault and feel that you do not have a claim, telling an attorney about what has happened is still in your best interest. The law in Tennessee abides by a system of modified comparative fault, meaning that the law will still uphold your right to compensation if found to be less than 50 percent responsible for the accident. A qualified lawyer with experience representing injury victims can help determine whether you are at fault, what percentage of fault and to what to expect if you choose to file a claim or lawsuit.
Nashville attorney Stan Davis is committed to his faith and helping others. He follows the words of Ephesians 4:32, which reads, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” He wants victims and families grieving the loss of their loved ones to know that despite all they may have lost or have gone through because of the accident, he can provide support needed to achieve the best legal result possible. Contact the law firm to setup a free consultation with Stan today by calling (615) 690-2080. Let his faith restore your faith in the justice system.