MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYER
OUR ATTORNEYS FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS OF INJURED BIKERS
You aced the exam and received your motorcycle license. You’ve studied the rules of the road, and safety is your top priority as you cruise down I-24. Unfortunately, the speeding driver who just made an illegal lane change isn’t such a careful driver. Despite all or your safety precautions, an accident with another, larger vehicle sometimes is unavoidable. Due to the size difference of the two vehicles, injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident often are catastrophic, leaving the rider seriously injured – or worse. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle wreck, medical expenses alone will become insurmountable very quickly. You need a Chattanooga motorcycle accident attorney who will fight on your behalf to gain compensation from the driver or drivers responsible for your injuries.
TENNESSEE MOTORCYCLE LAWS
State law requires that all motorcycle riders wear some type of safety helmet that includes a windscreen. This screen keeps the wind off your face and helps you better concentrate on the road in front of you. Your bike must also have at least one running light that stays on during the day, as well as another light that works at night. Other laws limit the number of bikes that can travel in the same lane, and other regulations limit “lane splitting.” Only two motorcycles may operate in the same lane side by side. Lane splitting laws restrict motorcycle riders from driving between two lanes of traffic, or dividing traffic in other ways.
WHY DO THESE LAWS MATTER?
Tennessee has a shared fault statue that states if one driver is partially responsible for a vehicle accident, he or she shares in the fault. Though you might suffer a concussion or a broken leg, this law can limit the amount of money you’ll receive in a civil lawsuit in Chattanooga. The court will look at the case and all facts and evidence before determining whether or not you share fault. In a shared fault case, the court reduces your compensation by your percentage of fault. For example, if you’re awarded $200,000 by a jury, but are deemed to be 30% at fault, you’ll only be awarded $140,000.
COMMON TYPES OF INJURIES
More than 40% of all motorcycle accidents lead to serious injury. Wearing the right safety gear often can limit the severity of your injuries, but even the best gear won’t be much protection when a car, truck or SUV hits you. Your arms, legs and head are particularly vulnerable to injuries during an accident. There is also an increased risk that you’ll suffer a traumatic brain injury that could severely impede your otherwise simple, day-to-day activities.
WHEN SHOULD YOU FILE?
At Ramer & Hedrick, P.C., our attorneys encourage motorcycle crash victims to call our office as soon as possible after an accident. The statute of limitations in Tennessee for filing an injury claim is only one year from the date of the accident. The sooner you file, the greater the chances of your lawyer securing compensation for your injuries.
MEETING WITH RAMER & HEDRICK, P.C.
Our Chattanooga motorcycle accident lawyers offer a FREE consultation, which gives you the opportunity to tell us everything we need to know about your accident, including whether you believe you were partially responsible, and the types of injuries you suffered. For those who have suffered serious injuries, we will meet you at home or even at the hospital. Let us begin fighting on your behalf today.