Trusted Nashville Motorcycle Accident Attorneys on Your Side
Whether you ride a Hog or a Honda, we put 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 the 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 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.
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.
Other drivers’ negligence leads to motorcycle wrecks
Drivers of cars, trucks, other motorcycles, and other larger vehicles often cause crashes because they fail to respect the right of the motorcycle to be on the road, or because they don’t 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 motorcycle operator enough room to pass
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Not checking their blind spots
- Failing to obey the rules of the road
- Not understanding hand signals
Rider negligence can lead to a motorcycle accident
In some cases, the rider him or herself is acting negligently by speeding, taking curves too fast, or even driving drunk. Many motorcycle accidents cause injuries to other motorcycle operators and to passengers because the drivers aren’t experienced enough to handle their bikes. Operators need to understand:
- How to ride with other motorcycle operators
- 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
Defective motorcycle parts and dangerous roads can lead to crashes
Motorcycles are especially prone to mechanical failure, and just one defect can have catastrophic consequences for their 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, and the statute of limitations is typically only 1 year, so it is imperative that you move fast.
Why are motorcycle accidents so dangerous?
According to the Insurance Information Institute, more than 5,100 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in 2017. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle riders were 27 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 or 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 the riders. They also weigh much less, which means that the physical impact on the 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 nerve damage 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
How much is my 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 the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we treat bikers and their families with respect and dignity. We want you to focus on your recovery, so we strive to create a stress-free atmosphere for you to discuss your case.
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 stop at nothing to obtain the compensation you deserve, you’ll find them at here the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm.
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, the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm in Nashville has the experiences and resources you want on your side. We respect bikers and their rights, and we don’t back down from a fight with the 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, Knoxville, and Clarksville for your convenience.