Tennessee has thousands of miles of scenic roadways that are perfect for taking your motorcycle out for a spin. As nice as taking your motorcycle out in the beautiful weather sounds right now, there’s a chance it could end up being your last ride.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are an all too common occurrence in Tennessee. The Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC are here to help if you or a loved one was involved in a motorcycle accident. We will review your case, take the necessary legal steps, and get you the compensation you need for your injuries.
Our firm helps victims of motorcycle accidents move forward with their lives. Whether it’s Knox County, Marion County, or Davidson County, our attorneys will secure justice for you.
Motorcycle Accidents in Tennessee
Motorcycle accidents can be deadlier than any other type of vehicle accident due to the sheer size of the vehicle compared to others on the roadway and the lack of protection to the rider and his or her potential passenger. In most cases, the only protection a motorcyclist has in an accident is their helmet.
In 2019, Tennessee had 152 motorcycle fatalities, with 130 wearing helmets, 14 not wearing helmets, and 8 fatalities being unknown. In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 5,172 motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes. In the same year, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled. While it appears there is more awareness nationwide for motorcyclists, these numbers are still horrifying when you consider the injuries sustained and why they happen in the first place.
Motorcycle accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, including:
Taking turns too fast
Another driver’s negligence
That last point is an enormous factor in Nashville motorcycle accidents. As a motorcyclist, you should always be aware of your surroundings. However, other drivers may not be aware of you. When any type of vehicle larger than your motorcycle collides with you, the impact can produce horrific and tragic results. The last thing on your mind will be your bike. That is why it’s imperative to have the Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard on your side.
In many cases, motorcycle drivers will not walk away with minor cuts and bruises as you may see in common car accidents. Instead, motorcyclists are more likely to experience,
Traumatic brain injuries
Spinal cord injuries
Tennessee Motorcycle Laws and Insurance
Whether you are taking your motorcycle around the neighborhood or hitting the highway, you and your bike must have certain equipment in order to be street legal. The required equipment includes:
Eye protection (unless equipped with a windscreen)
Mirrors (only one is required)
Passenger seat and footrest (both are required if carrying a passenger. No restrictions on a passenger’s age)
Muffler (cutouts are not permitted. There are no acoustical limits set)
In Tennessee, motorcycle insurance isn’t a suggestion, it’s a requirement. As a “fault” state, all motorcyclists must have liability insurance to cover themselves in the event of an accident or in case they cause an accident and injure someone else. It is required that each rider be able to show proof of financial responsibility at all times.
Our Tennessee Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help You
If you were in a motorcycle accident and fortunate enough to escape tragedy with your life, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Call 911 immediately to get to the scene of the accident, notify your insurance company, record the details of what happened, take pictures, and keep track of your injuries and medical treatments. Aside from those essential steps, you will need the assistance of an experienced Nashville motorcycle accident lawyer. At Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC, we have a dedicated team of accident lawyers who have recovered large settlements for motorcycle accident victims.
If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident, contact our firm today. We will take the time needed to understand the details of your case and explore your legal rights and options.