Nashville Motorcycle Injury Attorneys -Tennessee Motorcycle Injury Lawyers
David Randolph Smith
David Randolph Smith Edmund J. Schmidt III
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Motorcycle Injuries

Nashville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Tennessee Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can be devastating, and most of the time the accident is not even the motorcycle rider who is at fault. Very often other drivers are the ones who cause motorcycle accidents, or something as simple as faulty road design or poorly planned construction can contribute to a crash. As a motorcyclist, you compete for space on Tennessee roads and highways with much larger vehicles whose drivers do not always remember to look out for you when they turn or change lanes. Not only that, but as you know roads are not always designed with motorcycle riders in mind, and seemingly harmless road or highway design features or flaws can prove dangerous - even deadly.

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Protecting the Rights of Motorcycle Accident Injury Victims

The injuries that you or someone you love has sustained in a motorcycle accident can be difficult enough to face, without worrying about who will pay for hospital bills, repair bills, lost income, and any rehabilitation you or your loved one may need. You may even be facing life without your loved one if they were killed in a motorcycle accident. Who is going to pay the bills now, and who is going to compensate you for your tragic loss?

Our attorneys have courtroom experience representing Tennessee residents who have been injured in serious motorcycle accidents. Not only do we have the experience that you need for your motorcycle accident case, but we are "home-grown" lawyers with strong ties to the local community where we live and work. Your case is important to us because we are your friends and neighbors-it is in our best interest to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and the impact the accident has had on your life.

Keys to a Successful Motorcycle Accident Injury Case

It may be difficult to face the idea of a lawsuit, but the sooner that you speak with an experienced motorcycle accident injury attorney, the better for your case. Here are some things to expect in a properly handled motorcycle accident injury case:

The first 24 hours after an accident are critical to your case. Please contact a skilled attorney as soon as possible after the accident to ensure the greatest chance of success for your case.
Experience really does matter. Make sure you find an accident and injury attorney who specializes in handling motorcycle injury cases .

Tennessee Motorcycle Law

Under Tennessee Law, negligent drivers are legally responsible and liable to Tennessee motorcyclists that they may injure.
Damages to the motorcycle victim are the same as anyone else injured due to another'snegligence. This includes compensation for pain and suffering, scarring , disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, economic loss, damage to your bike, and other damages.

In Tennessee, Motorcycles are considered "motor vehicles" Definitions
(6) "Motor vehicle" means every self- propelled vehicle which is designed for use upon the highway, including trailers and semi trailers designed for use with such vehicles, and every vehicle which is propelled by electric power obtained from overhead wires but not operated upon rails, except traction engines, road rollers and farm tractors. " Motor vehicle" does not include "motorized bicycle" as defined in section 55-8-101;

In Tennessee you are required to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle.
T. C. A. sec. 55-9-302 sec. 55-9-302. Helmets
(a) The driver of a motorcycle, motorized bicycle, as defined in chapter 8 of this title, or motor-driven cycle, and any passenger on any of these, shall be required to wear either a crash helmet meeting federal standards contained in 49CFR 571.218, or, if such driver or passenger is twenty-one (21) years of age or older, a helmet meeting the following requirements:(1) Except as provided in subdivisions (a)(2)-(4), the helmet shall meet federal motor vehicle safety standards specified in 49 CFR 571.218;

Tennessee motorcyclists must use a windscreen or safety goggles.
T. C. A. sec. 55-9-304 sec. 55-9-304. Windshields; safety goggles,face shields or glasses Every motorcycle or motor-driven cycle operated upon any highway or public road of this state shall be equipped with a windshield, or, in th e alternative, the operator and any passenger on any such motorcycle or motor-driven cycle shall be required to wear safety goggles, face shields, or glasses containing impact resistant lenses.

In general (there are exceptions) you have 1 year from the date of your collision to file suit.
T. C. A. sec. 28-3-104 sec. 28-3-104. Torts; persons (a) The following actions shall be commenced within one (1) year after the cause of action accrued: (1) Actions for libel, for injuries to the person, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, breach of marriage promise;

Although the safest thing is to assume that you must file suit with a 1 year, there are exceptions. The information provided here cannot explore or explain all the possibilities. If you have a Tennessee Motorcycle case, contact our office.

In general (there are exceptions) you must file suit in the county where the collision occurred. in each case a lawsuit must be filed in the county seat for the town where the collision occurred, a list of possible towns where your wreck may have happened include:
A Adams, Adamsville, Afton, Alamo, Alcoa, Alexandria, Alpine, Altamont, Antioch, Ardmore, Arlington, ArnoldArrington, Arthur, Ashland City, Athens, Atoka, Atwood,
B Bartlett, Bath Springs, Baxter, Bean Station, Beech, Beersheba Springs, Belfast, Bell, Bellevue, Bells, Benton, Bethel Springs, Bethpage, Big Rock, Big Sandy, Birchwood, Blaine, Bloomingdale, Bloomington Springs, Blountville, Bluff, Bluff City, Bolivar, Bon Aqua, Braden, Bradford, Brentwood, Brighton, Bristol, Brownsville, Bruceton, Brunswick, Brush Creek, Buchanan, Buckle, Buena Vista, Buffalo Valley, Bulls Gap, Burns, Butler, Byrdstown
C Calhoun, Camden, Campaign, Carthage,Cedar Grove, Cedar Hill, Celina, Centerville, Chapel Hill, Chapmansboro, Charleston, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Chestnut Mound, Christiana, Chuckey, Church Hill, City, Clarksburg, Clarksville, Cleveland, Clifton, Clinton, Coalfield, College Grove, Collegedale, Collierville, Collinwood, Colonial Heights, Columbia, Como, Concord, Cookeville, Copperhill, Cordova, Corryton, Cosby, Cottage Grove, Cottontown, ,Covington, Cowan, Crab Orchard, Crawford, Crockett Mills, Cross Plains, Crossville, Crump, Culleoka, Cumberland, Cumberland Furnace, Cumberland Gap, Cunningham, Cypress Inn
D Dandridge, Darden, Dayton, Decatur, Decaturville,Deer Lodge, Del Rio, Delano, Denmark, Denver, Dickson, Dixon Springs, Dover, Doyle, Dresden, Drummonds, Duck River, Ducktown, Duff, Dukedom, Dunlap, Dyer, Dyersburg
E Eads, Eagan, Eagleville, East Ridge, Eaton, Elgin, Elizabethton, Elkton, Ellendale, Elmwood,Englewood, Erin, Erwin, Estill Springs, Etowah, Eva,
F Fairfield, Fairview, Fall Branch, Fayetteville, Finley, Five Points, Flatwoods, Flintville,Franklin, Friendship, Friendsville, Fruitvale
G Gadsden, Gainesboro, Gallatin, Gates, Gatlinburg, Georgetown, Germantown, Gibson, Glade, Gladeville, Gleason, Goodlettsville, Gordonsville, Grand Junction, Grandview, Granville, Gray, Graysville, Greenback, Greenbrier, Greeneville, Greenfield, Guys
H Halls, Hampshire, Hampton, Harriman, Harrison, Hartford, Hartsville, Henderson, Hendersonville, Henning, Henry, Hermitage, Hickman, Hickory, Hickory Valley, Hickory Hill, Hillsboro, Hixson, Hohenwald, Holladay, Hollow Rock,Hornbeak, Hornsby, Humboldt, Huntingdon, Huntsville, Hurricane Mills
I Indian Mound, Iron City
J Jacks Creek, Jacksboro, Jackson, Jamestown, Jasper, Jefferson City, Jellico, Joelton, Johnson City, Jonesborough
K Kelso, Kenton, Kimball, Kingsport,Kingston, Kingston Springs, Knoxville, Kodak
L La Grange, Laconia, Lafayette, Lake City, Lancaster, Lancing, Lascassas, LaVergne, Lawrenceburg, Lebanon, Lenoir City, Lenox, Leoma, Lewisburg, Lexington, Liberty, Limestone, Linden, Livingston, Lookout Mountain, Loudon, Luray, Luttrell, Lyles, Lynchburg, Lynn Garden, Lynnville
M Macon, Madison, Madisonville, Manchester, Mansfield, Martin, Maryville, Mascot, Mason, MauryCity, Maynardville, Mc Kenzie, McEwen, McMinnville, Medina, Melrose, Memphis, Mercer, Michie, Middleton, Midway, Milan,Milligan College, Millington, Milton, Minor Hill, Monroe, Monteagle, Monterey, Morris Chapel, Morrison, Morristown, Moscow, Mosheim, Moss, Mount Carmel, Mount Juliet, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, Mountain City, Mountain Home,Mulberry, Munford, Murfreesboro
N Nashville, New Johnsonville, New Market, New Tazewell, Newbern, Newcomb, Newport, Nolensville, Normandy, Norris,
O Oak Ridge, Oakdale, Oakfield, Oakland, Obion, Ocoee, Old Hickory, Oldfort, Oliver Springs, Oneida, Only, Ooltewah, Orlinda,
P Paris, Parsons, Pegram, Pelham, Petersburg, Petros, Pickwick Dam, Pigeon Forge, Pikeville, Piney Flats, Pinson, Pioneer, Plaza, Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Shade, Pleasant View, Pleasantville, Pocahontas, Portland, Powder Springs, Prospect, Pulaski
R Ramer, Readyville, Reagan, Red Bank, Red Boiling Springs, Reliance, Riceville, Rickman, Ridgetop, Ripley, Rives, Roan Mountain, Robbins, Rock Island, Rockford, Rockvale, Rockwood, Rogersville, Rossville, Rugby, Russellville, Rutherford, Rutledge
S Saint Andrews, Saint Joseph, Sale Creek, Santa Fe, Savannah, Selmer, Sequatchie, Sevierville, Sewanee, Seymour, Shady Valley, Sharon, Sharps Chapel, Shelbyville, Sherwood, Shiloh, Signal Mountain, Silver Point, Smithville, Smyrna, Ferry, Sneedville, Soddy Daisy, Somerville, South Fulton, South Pittsburg, Southside, Sparta, Speedwell, Spencer, Spring City, Spring Creek, Spring Hill, Springfield, Stanton, Stewart, Strawberry Plains, Sugar Tree, Summertown, Summitville, Sweetwater
T Taft, Tallassee, Tazewell, Telford, Tellico Plains, Ten Mile, Tennessee Ridge, Thompson's Station, Thorn Hill, Tipton, Tiptonville, Townsend, Tracy City, Trade, Trenton, Troy, Tullahoma,Turtletown, Tusculum
U Unicoi, Union City, Unionville
V Vanleer, Viola
W Wartburg, Wartrace, Washburn, Watauga, Watertown, Watts Bar Dam, Waverly, Waynesboro, Westmoreland, White Bluff, White House, White Pine, Whites Creek, Whitesburg, Whiteside, Whiteville, Whitwell, Wilder, Winchester, Winfield,Woodbury, Woodland Mills, Woodlawn

Tennessee Backroads

Tennessee has great 2 lanes roads for riding, but you may have to use one of our interstates to get to and from that special stretch of road. Tennessee Interstate 65, Interstate 24, Interstate 40, Interstate 75, and Interstate 81 are generally well maintained, but these roads can be filled with drivers who ignore the rights of motorcyclists to be on the same highway.

No matter where you are riding, you should check road conditions , ride in staggered formation, and keep that helmet on!Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits Most motorcycle accidents are the result of another driver violating the motorcyclist's right of way. This can happen at intersections, as a car or truck driver makes a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. Another common occurrence is when a driver changes lanes and fails to notice a motorcycle in the adjacent lane. Motorcycle accidents typically result in severe injuries, including head injuries, fractures, spinal cord injuries and "road rash". Sadly, many result in wrongful death.

An experienced attorney can help motorcycle accident victims pursue compensation for: Medical bills Lost wages Pain and suffering Bike repairs/replacement Diminished quality of life Our attorneys have successfully handled numerous motorcycle accident lawsuits. We have access to a network of expert witnesses who help us investigate these accidents to determine who was at fault and how negligence contributed to our clients' injuries. We are committed to helping injured motorcycle riders and passengers obtain the compensation they need to get on with their lives.

If you are seeking a Nashville, Tennessee motorcycle accident or jury attorney, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Where Can I Find Additional Information?

  • Motorcycle Accidents Frequently Asked Questions

    What are Tennessee Motorcycle Helmet Laws?

    Tennessee helmet laws require anyone operating or riding on a motorcycle to wear a helmet. Though this law has been hotly contested within the state, helmets save lives, reducing fatal head injury risks by over 40 percent. In fact, Tennessee's Vanderbilt University, which treats a large number of head injuries after motorcycle accidents, estimates that these injuries cost nearly $70,000 on average - not counting permanent disability and its effects on productivity.

    In Tennessee this issue is of great concern because TennCare, the state's insurance program, bears many of the costs for motorcyclists hurt while riding without a helmet.

    What are Tennessee Licensing and Insurance Requirements?

    In addition to helmet laws, Tennessee requires motorcycle drivers to carry motorcycle insurance. The state requires $50,000 in coverage for property damage and at least $25,000 in coverage for bodily injury. A ten percent insurance discount can be applied for three years after a driver completes Tennessee's motorcycle safety program, a rider education program designed to reduce motorcycle accidents in Tennessee. In addition, those who seek licensure in Tennessee get their fees waived if they have completed the safety course.

    Who is at fault?

    Despite incentives to ride safely, Tennessee motorcycle accidents can and do occur. It is essential to identify liability in a Tennessee motorcycle accident since Tennessee is an at-fault state. This means the party determined to have caused the accident takes on responsibility for all damages. However, fault can rest on various factors: time of day, road conditions and weather, driver intoxication, and traffic conditions.

    If you are in an accident

    Make sure never to admit fault at the scene of an accident. Unfortunately, insurance companies as a rule do not want to pay out damages and it can be frustrating to deal with them and an accident's aftermath first-hand. For this reason, it is a good idea to retain an experienced Tennessee motorcycle accident attorney to help litigate your accident and seek monetary compensation for your injuries and for property damage.
    Our Tennessee motorcycle accident lawyers can help assess and file your claim within the applicable statute of limitations and can negotiate with insurance companies to make sure you get the money you deserve to help deal with damaged property and injuries. Having a competent attorney can greatly reduce the stress and hassle of dealing with a motorcycle claim.

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