Knoxville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Bikers Should Call Us after a Collision
Riding a motorcycle is a popular activity in Knoxville. Although some people ride purely for enjoyment, others use their motorcycle as their primary mode of transportation. Unfortunately, Knoxville’s roads are often hostile to bikers, and many men and women suffer serious injuries every year.
If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, please contact Barnes Law today. One of our Knoxville motorcycle accident lawyers can meet with you for a free consultation.
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Why Motorcycle Accidents Happen
Determining fault for the motorcycle accident is critical, since the party at fault will be responsible for paying compensation to injured victims. Every motorcycle accident is unique, but we do tend to see some common causes:
- Distraction. A motorist could be distracted by a cell phone or by having an argument with a passenger. Consequently, they never see the motorcyclist that they strike.
- Aggressive driving. A motorist might try to pass a motorcyclist too closely and end up clipping them.
- Speeding. A vehicle going too fast won’t stop in time to avoid a crash. Accidents unfortunately are common at intersections.
- Invisibility. A motorcyclist following a larger vehicle is invisible to those traveling in the opposite direction. A motorist hanging out in the intersection to make a left-hand turn, for example, might assume there is no one behind a vehicle coming through the intersection but turn directly into the biker.
- Impairment. A motorist might be impaired by drugs or alcohol and be unable to take defensive action to avoid a crash.
In some accidents, a defect on your bike might have caused you to lose control. For example, a part could be defective in design or manufacturer, or a mechanic did a poor job fixing your bike. If the brakes fail, then you might be able to sue for your injuries.
Sometimes, a road defect contributes to a crash. A large, unfixed pothole could cause you to fall off the bike, injuring yourself.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Injuries can range from minor to catastrophic, depending on the wreck. At Barnes Law, we have met with many people whose lives are upended following a motorcycle collision. These injuries require substantial medical treatment and often cause the biker to miss time at work.
Some of the more common injuries include:
- Sprains or strains
- Fractures, including pelvic fractures
- Head injuries
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Nerve damage, such as biker’s arm
- Spinal cord injury
Some injuries are so serious that a person can be permanently disabled or suffer permanent disfigurement. These injuries might require a lifetime of medical care and can cause extreme emotional distress. Someone who suffered a burn on their face, for example, might experience social isolation and embarrassment.
Damages for a Motorcycle Accident
Our Knoxville motorcycle accident lawyer is skilled at obtaining the maximum compensation for your injuries, called “damages.” Tennessee law authorizes us to seek the following damages on behalf of our clients:
- Medical expenses, including ongoing medical care
- Lost wages, including lost future earnings capacity
- Property damage, such as damage to your bike
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Compensation is usually paid out of the liability insurance policy that Tennessee requires drivers carry. In particular, the state requires at least $25,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per injured person. If a client’s injuries exceed this amount, then we can investigate other insurance policies or possibly sue the driver personally.
Damages are also available for wrongful death cases when a loved one dies. For example, you might receive compensation to cover lost income, funeral expenses, and emotional distress. It is always hard to speak in the abstract of how much your injuries might be worth, so contact an attorney for a free consultation.
Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The number of fatal motorcycle accidents continues to climb in Tennessee. According to state data, 2019 saw 152 fatal motorcycle crashes—the second-highest number since 1998. In 2019, the state saw 168 fatal crashes, which was the highest on record. For comparison’s sake, 1998 saw only 42 fatalities.
There might be many reasons for this jump in fatalities. For example, more people could be riding a motorcycle, and the population of Tennessee continues to grow by leaps and bounds. With more people on the road, accidents will increase. However, we can’t blame the lack of motorcycle helmet use. According to state data, the vast majority of people killed were wearing a helmet.
Contact a Knoxville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
Motorcycle accidents can cause devastating injuries, but there is hope. At Barnes Law, we treat our clients like family and work to ensure you have the resources you need by holding the at-fault party accountable. To learn more, contact us to schedule a free consultation.
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