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 motorcycle accident lawyers at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard 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. 61 percent of fatalities resulting from motorcycle crashes were not wearing a helmet.
In 2017, Tennessee had 131 motorcycle fatalities, with 145 fatalities in 2016 and 123 fatalities in 2015. Motorcyclists are about 37 times more likely than someone who drives a car to die in a motor vehicle accident when one compares the death rate per vehicle mile traveled. Forty-seven percent of fatal motorcycle accidents involve another moving vehicle, with 75 percent of those crashes being frontal impacts and 7 percent of them being from the rear. To simply put it, motorcycle accidents can be lethal.
These kinds of 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 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 Tennessee motorcycle accident lawyers at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard on your side.
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 motorcycle accident lawyer. At Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, 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.