Drivers often fail to watch out for motorcycles when merging, changing lanes or turning at intersections. For riders, the consequences can be disastrous. If you have been seriously hurt while riding your bike in upper East Tennessee, you need an experienced attorney to protect your legal rights. Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, P.C. has the knowledge and dedication to aggressively pursue the compensation to which you are entitled.
Despite increased helmet use and widespread public safety efforts to encourage drivers to share the road, motorcycle accidents are on the rise. Consider the following statistics:
Motorcycle accidents have a variety of causes. Many Tennessee motorcycle crashes are caused by poor road conditions. Potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings and grooved pavement can all lead to drivers losing control. In some cases, motorcycle drivers may be able to seek compensation from the Tennessee government entity in charge of maintaining the road or highway.
Alcohol impairment impacts the abilities of everyone on the road. In 2011, nearly 10,000 Americans were killed in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. If you were struck and injured by a drunk driver, you should consult an experienced attorney about pursing a personal injury lawsuit.
Drivers of cars, trucks and buses often do not look out for motorcycles, which can be more difficult to spot because they are small. For example, negligent drivers may be liable for a motorcycle accident if they:
Motorcycle accidents in the Tri-Cities sometimes result from problems with the rider’s motorcycle or safety gear. When an equipment defect is to blame for the accident, you can pursue damages from the maker of the bike or gear.
All the accident causes discussed above can form the basis for a successful personal injury claim. However, you need a skilled personal injury lawyer to investigate your claim, negotiate with the insurance company and take your case to trial, if necessary.
Motorcycle helmets can save lives. However, riders still have little protection from the force of a crash. Even at slow speeds, motorcycle accidents can result in severe brain injuries or even death. Common injuries include:
Victims of motorcycle accidents often face a long and costly recovery. In some cases, injuries such as permanent brain damage and paralysis may last a lifetime. Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, P.C. has experience dealing with these types of catastrophic injuries. We can help you obtain financial compensation for your losses and ease the challenges you may face in your future.
Don’t ever accept the insurance company’s initial settlement offer before talking to an attorney, as it likely severely undervalues your damages. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will carefully evaluate your claim and determine your losses, which may include medical expenses, future medical care, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in the Tri-Cities area, you need a skilled and dedicated lawyer in your corner. Relying on more than 75 years of combined experience, the injury lawyers of Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, P.C. work hard so you obtain full and fair compensation. Call our office today at 423-797-6022 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.