Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Nashville

Nashville Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Whether you ride a Hog or a Honda, we put Tennessee bikers’ rights first

On a beautiful day, you can’t beat the freedom of taking your bike out for a spin on Tennessee’s majestic roadways. From the rolling hills of the Tennessee Bottoms to the mountains in the Blue Ridge, the call of the open road can be heard loud and clear. But motorcycle riders face an army of potentially deadly vehicles every time their wheels hit the pavement. Commercial truckers can’t always see you, and not every motorist is as familiar with the rules of the road as you are.

At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we know the potentially deadly consequences bikers face when they’re involved in a car crash, or when the roadways have less-than-ideal conditions. Our Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys recognize the struggles that riders face and are committed to providing you with the compensation you need to rebuild your bike, your body, and your life after an accident.

 

"When I was a teenager, Dad got hurt. Insurance company wouldn't pay. We lost our house. But, Dad got a lawyer and we got justice. That's the moment I decided to become an attorney. As a lawyer, I have dedicated my life to helping injury victims."

~ Rocky

How much is my Nashville motorcycle accident injury worth?

There’s no set amount of money that can be guaranteed for a motorcycle accident injury claim because every claim is different, and so is every injured person’s losses. If you suffered truly catastrophic injuries and losses, your claim may be worth more, but there is no guarantee. However, under Tennessee law, you can make a claim for:

  • Medical expenses and associated damages, such as rehabilitation, surgical procedures, and/or prosthesis
  • Loss of property, including the cost of replace the motorcycle
  • Lost wages, including a loss of future earning potential
  • Pain and suffering, both physical and mental
  • Funeral and burial costs, if the injuries are fatal

We have also successfully represented families when an accident leads to a tragic wrongful death. At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we treat bikers and their families with respect and dignity. We work hard on your case so you and your family can focus on recovery.

But don’t mistake our friendly and inviting office for weakness; we’re among Nashville’s premier civil litigation firms for a reason. Our tenacity has led us to multiple million-dollar verdicts on behalf of our injury victims. When you want an aggressive team of attorneys who fight hard to obtain the compensation you deserve, you’ll find them here at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm.

Do you have a motorcycle accident attorney near me?

Rocky McElhaney Law Firm has two offices in Nashville: one at 545 Mainstream Dr., Suite 105 and one at 615 Main Street, M2. We also have state-of-the-art offices in Hendersonville and Clarksville. If you are too injured to come to our offices, we’ll visit you at your home or the hospital. You can also schedule a phone or video consultation.

What are the main causes of motorcycle accidents in Nashville?

Most motorcycle accidents are the result of one of three things: other drivers, rider error, or defective parts/roads.

Drivers of carstrucks, other motorcycles, and larger vehicles often cause crashes. They may fail to respect the right of the motorcycle to be on the road. They may not understand how to respond when they see a motorcycle. Some of the many reasons drivers of other vehicles cause motorcycle crashes include:

  • Failing to give the motorcyclist enough room to pass
  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Not checking their blind spots
  • Failing to obey the rules of the road
  • Not understanding hand signals

How can rider negligence lead to a Nashville motorcycle accident?

In some cases, the rider is acting negligently by speeding, taking curves too fast, or even driving drunk. Many motorcycle accidents cause injuries to other motorcycle operators and passengers because the drivers aren’t experienced enough to handle their bikes. Operators need to understand:

  • How to ride with other motorcyclists
  • How to turn
  • How to ride in bad weather
  • How to ride on uneven surfaces
  • When lane splitting is allowed
  • How to prepare for many different types of emergencies

Motorcycles are especially prone to mechanical failure. Just one defect can have catastrophic consequences for a rider. Motorcycle defects include defective fuel systems, inoperable brakes, defective tires, and defective helmets. If any part of the motorcycle is defective and that defect leads to your injuries, then you can file claims against:

  • The manufacturers of the defective motorcycle parts
  • The distributors of the defective parts
  • The sellers of the defective parts

Road defects are a little different. You’re still making a claim that the design of the road or the materials used in its construction were defective, or that poor maintenance (like unfilled potholes, washout, or overgrown foliage, etc.) led to your injuries; however, a road defect or dangerous road claim is made against the government which controls the road. There are specific rules about suing a government. The statute of limitations is typically only one year, so it is imperative that you move fast.

Why are motorcycle accidents so dangerous?

According to the Insurance Information Institute, more than 5,579 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in 2020. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle riders are 29 times more likely to die in a crash than the occupants of passenger cars.

Motorcycle accidents are often more deadly and cause more catastrophic injuries than car and truck accidents because motorcycles offer little or no protection. Unlike cars, motorcycles don’t have a hood, a front, a trunk, or sides to protect their riders. They also weigh much less, which means that the physical impact of a crash on a motorcycle is much more than that of larger vehicles.

Bad weather, uneven roads, roadkill, and other roadway factors may be more likely to cause a fatal motorcycle accident.

What are the common types of motorcycle accident injuries?

Because your entire body is exposed while you’re riding, you have a greater chance of serious injury if you’re involved in a motorcycle accident. Our Tennessee lawyers have helped obtain compensation for bikers with:

  • Biker’s arm, caused by nerves damaged in a fall
  • Broken bones and limbs, including the chest/thorax part of the body
  • Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
  • Facial disfigurement
  • Internal bleeding or organ damage
  • Permanent or temporary paralysis
  • Soft tissue damage to the skin and muscles caused by road rash, potentially leading to infection
  • Spinal cord damage

Let our family fight for you after you’ve been in a motorcycle accident in Tennessee

Whether your Harley flipped because of poor roadway conditions or you were hit by a driver during a charity ride, Rocky McElhaney Law Firm in Nashville has the experiences and resources you want on your side. We respect bikers and their rights. We don’t back down from a fight with insurance companies who don’t want to pay up. To schedule a free initial consultation, please call 615-425-2500 or fill out our contact form. We maintain offices in Nashville, Hendersonville, and Clarksville for your convenience.