Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Memphis
Protecting the rights of injured motorcyclists in West Tennessee
Riding a motorcycle has many advantages. The costs are much less than other forms of transportation, and riders experience their surroundings more intimately. Also, riding a motorcycle has long been a romantic version of the American values of independence and freedom. Nearly everyone fantasizes about riding down an open country road every once in a while.
Put simply, riding a motorcycle can be a wonderful experience. However, when an accident occurs, motorcyclists face a unique set of circumstances. Because motorcycle riding is so different from driving a car, accident causes, injuries, and liability are very different from other kinds of road mishaps. These dangerous crashes happen more often than car-on-car collisions, and there is only so much riders can do to prevent them when a negligent vehicle driver is the cause.
At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, our Memphis attorneys have decades of experience investigating motorcycle accidents and recovering compensation for our clients who have suffered serious injuries. Do not wait to get started on building your case. We are here for you, and we really can help.
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What are the dangers of riding a motorcycle?
Motorcycles are smaller and offer far less protection than cars, so motorcyclists are exposed to more danger and more serious injuries. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), 5,014 motorcyclists died in motor vehicle accidents in 2019. The III also reports that bikers are “29 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle miles traveled.”
Motorcyclists face these unique risks on the road:
- Cars are less likely to see them on the roadway.
- Road hazards can have a greater impact on their vehicles.
- There is nothing protective between the rider and the road.
- Two wheels are less stable than four.
- Driving a motorcycle requires more skill than driving a car.
You can be hit by a car, run off the road, tripped up by a hazard in the road, or be the victim of poorly marked or maintained roadways. Your motorcycle can break down, or your equipment can fail. When these things happen, you have legal options, and the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Bailey & Greer can help.
What is the science behind motorcycle crashes?
A fascinating 2017 motorcycle crash study in Australia found that 65 percent of study participants missed seeing a motorcycle on the road while only 31 percent missed seeing a taxi in the same position. The study suggests that drivers do not notice motorcycles because they are not looking for them, which might contribute to the increase in the risk of a motorcycle crash because their attention is focused on what the cars around them are doing. The number of "looked but failed to see" crashes, which are frequent and often fatal, inspired the study. These crashes occur when a driver checks for oncoming traffic but then report not seeing the motorcycle they crashed into.
Another study of motorcycle crashes back in 2013 from Texas Tech University suggested that motorcycle crashes occur because of the way the human brain perceives distances. The study concluded that vehicle drivers were often unable to accurately judge the size of an object and how far away it was, which might explain the cause of some motorcycle accidents.
How do you prove negligence in a Memphis motorcycle accident?
When you choose to take legal action after a motorcycle accident, you might need to prove the following:
- That another driver or drivers were negligent.
- That the entities responsible for the roadway signs, road upkeep, or equipment were negligent.
- That this negligence caused your accident either in part or entirely.
- That you suffered damages, like physical injuries, missed wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Once you have proven that the defendant’s negligence or recklessness caused your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for any losses you suffered because of your accident, including:
- Medical costs (current and future)
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
A skilled Memphis motorcycle accident lawyer from Bailey & Greer is ready to take on the legal burden and fight for your right to fair compensation when a driver’s negligence was the cause of your injuries.
How can the Memphis motorcycle accident attorneys at Bailey & Greer help?
No matter how simple and straightforward your case may seem from your point of view, you should never assume you will win. You should also never attempt complex litigation on your own behalf, because you run the risk of losing or reducing the compensation to which you are entitled. Not only that, but court is incredibly stressful and difficult — which is not what someone recovering from a serious accident should put themselves through.
The person responsible for causing your accident will likely do everything they can to avoid taking accountability and paying for the damages they caused. In other words, they will definitely have an attorney on their side working to poke holes in your specific case, no matter how damaged you are.
Let a professional advocate on your behalf so you can focus on resting, recovering, and getting back to your life. We know how to make your case as strong and solid as possible so it has the best chance of a fair recovery, and we know how to actively protect and fight for you when the other side tries to squash it down. You have been through enough, and attempting to fight this fight alone will cost you more time, effort, and money than any attorney ever could.
Is there a motorcycle accident attorney near me?
At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, our team is dedicated to being where you need us, when you need us. Our main offices are easy to find at 6256 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN. We’re near Route 240 and offer off-street parking.
We also have offices in Jackson and represent folks throughout West Tennessee. If your injuries are too severe for you to travel, we can visit you in the hospital or wherever you may need us, or simply via video chat.
Schedule a consultation with an experienced Memphis motorcycle crash lawyer today
If you have been injured riding a motorcycle due to someone else’s negligence, you should consult an attorney immediately. The Memphis motorcycle accident lawyers at Bailey & Greer, PLLC represent motorcycle accident victims throughout West Tennessee with integrity and compassion. To speak with a dedicated car accident attorney about your case, please call 901-475-7434 or fill out this contact form. We maintain offices in both Memphis and Jackson for your convenience.