Blount County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you enjoy being outside, fresh air, and majestic views, then going for a motorcycle ride in Blount County is definitely your cup of tea. Blount County offers some unique motorcycle rides, including a route named “The Dragon,” due to its curvy terrain, and many more. It’s easy to see why Tennessee is home to so many motorcyclists.
But as wonderful and freeing–as well as practical in many cases–riding a motorcycle is, motorcycling can also be dangerous. Every year, there are dozens of motorcycle accident fatalities in the state and even more motorcyclist injuries, as reported by the Tennessee Department of Homeland Safety and Security. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle crash in Blount County, our attorneys can help. Call our Blount County motorcycle accident law firm directly today for your free consultation.
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Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
One of the things that can be most frustrating to an injured motorcyclist or a grieving family member is knowing that the vast majority of motorcycle accidents are completely preventable and would never occur but for the negligence of one of the parties involved. While some motorcycle accidents are a result of a motorcyclist’s error or negligence, such as lane-splitting or operating the motorcycle at an unsafe speed–a large number of these crashes occur because of drivers’ errors. Examples of drivers’ errors that can lead to motorcycle collisions include:
- Driving while distracted, fatigued, or impaired;
- Failing to look or double-check blind spots before changing lanes;
- Failing to yield;
- Driving aggressively;
- Following too closely; and
- Performing illegal maneuvers.
In addition to the negligence of drivers on the road, other things that can cause motorcycle accidents, albeit less commonly, include:
- Road conditions, such as wet or slick surfaces;
- Defective signage, such as a lack of signage to warn of an upcoming curve and encourage motorists to slow down;
- Objects in the road, such as debris or animals; and
- Vehicle defects, including motorcycle or car defective brakes, light, steering equipment, etc.
Injuries from a Motorcycle Crash
When a motorcycle crash occurs, the outcome may be devastating. Motorcyclists, unlike the occupants of motor vehicles, have very few protections to mitigate injuries – no seatbelts, no airbags, and no vehicle frame to absorb the force of a collision. As such, common injuries that a motorcyclist is at risk of when a crash occurs include:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Facial injuries;
- Internal injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Bone fractures;
- Road rash/road burn injuries;
- Amputation or limb crush injuries; and
- Psychological injuries.
These injuries can be permanently disabling, incredibly painful, disfiguring, and even fatal in some cases. The risk of fatal injury is increased if a motorcyclist is unhelmeted at the time of collision.
Damages Recoverable in a Blount County Motorcycle Accident Claim
When a motorcyclist has been seriously injured and another party was to blame, the victim should be compensated in full for their losses. When you choose to work with the Blount County motorcycle accident attorneys at the office of Barnes Law, we’ll work hard to get you every penny you deserve. Types of damages recoverable in a motorcycle accident claim include:
- Medical expenses for your past and future medical costs related to your injuries;
- Lost wages if your injuries preclude you from returning to work, and loss of earning capacity if you will never be able to return to work or work at the same rate that you did prior to your accident;
- Property damage costs to compensate you for damage to your motorcycle and other property damaged or lost during the crash; and
- Noneconomic damages to compensate you for the value of your pain, suffering, emotional distress, diminished quality of life, and other intangible damages you’ve suffered.
Reach Out to an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Blount County
When you work with an experienced attorney, your lawyer will investigate your case, identify the liable party and relevant insurance policies, calculate the value of your damages, issue a demand letter, review a settlement offer, negotiate your settlement, and represent you in court if litigation is necessary. An attorney will also be available to answer your questions and lend you support throughout the entire process, and handle all of the details of your case so that you can focus on your recovery and putting the pieces of your life back together.
At the office of Barnes Law, our Blount County motorcycle accident attorneys care about you. If you have been seriously injured in a crash, or if you are the surviving loved one of a victim of a motorcycle accident, we can help. Please contact us directly online or by phone to schedule a free consultation and start the process of getting the compensation award you deserve.
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