Skilled Memphis Motorcycle Attorneys Fighting for Riders
Protecting the rights of injured riders in Memphis and Jackson since 1986
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 a romantic version of the American values of independence and freedom.
Put simply, riding a motorcycle can be a wonderful experience. When an accident occurs however, motorcyclists face a 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.
At Bailey & Greer, we have experience investigating motorcycle accidents and recovering compensation for our clients who have suffered serious injuries. We are here for you.
The perils of motorcycle riding
Motorcycles are smaller and offer far 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.
The science behind motorcycle crashes
A fascinating motorcycle crash study in Australia found that 65% of study participants missed seeing a motorcycle on the road while 31% 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 chances 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 frequently fatal, inspired the study as those crashes occurred when a driver checked for oncoming traffic but then reported not seeing the motorcycle they crashed into.
Another study of motorcycle crashes from Texas Tech University suggested that motorcycle crashes occur because of the way the human brain perceives distances. The study concluded that often vehicle drivers were unable to accurately judge the size of an object and how far away it was, which might explain the cause of some motorcycle accidents.
Proving negligence in a 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, including 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 injuries including:
- Medical costs (current and future)
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
A skilled Memphis motorcycle accident lawyer from the law firm of 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.
Schedule a consultation with an experienced Memphis motorcycle crash lawyer today
If you have been injured riding a motorcycle in Tennessee and feel that the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, 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 901-680-9777 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation.