Your Options After a Serious Tennessee Motorcycle Accident
Riding a motorcycle has many advantages. The costs are much less than other forms of transportation, and the rider experiences his surroundings more intimately. Also, riding a motorcycle has long been seen as a romantic version of the American values of independence and freedom.
Put simply, riding a motorcycle can be a wonderful experience. But when an accident occurs, motorcyclists face a very unique set of circumstances. Because motorcycle riding is so different from driving a car, the causes, injuries, and liability are very different from other kinds of road mishaps.
Motorcycles are smaller and offer less protection than cars, so motorcyclists are exposed to more danger and more serious injuries. Federal studies suggest that deaths from motorcycle accidents are 35 times more likely than in car wrecks, based on an equal number of miles driven. Motorcyclists face these unique risks:
- 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 roadways. Your motorcycle can break down, or your equipment can fail. When these things happen, you have some legal options.
Proving Negligence in a Motorcycle Accident
When you choose to take legal action after a motorcycle accident, you could need to prove:
- 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, including physical injuries, missed wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
If you have been injured riding a motorcycle in Tennessee and feel that the accident was caused by someone else, you should consult an attorney immediately. The Memphis motorcycle accident lawyers at Bailey & Greer represent motorcycle accident victims in Tennessee with integrity and compassion. Call us today at 877-819-4414 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation.