Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
According to the Traffic Safety Facts report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2019 saw an estimated 84,000 motorcyclists injured in accidents in the U.S., while over 5,000 fatalities occurred.
Being injured in a motorcycle accident or losing a loved one can upend your life. As you face the challenges of recovery, the last thing you need is an uphill battle against goliath insurance providers determined to delay and even deny your valid claim for compensation.
This is where the compassionate Nashville personal injury attorneys at NST Law can help. With over 30 years of experience pursuing fair settlements in cases like yours, we have the knowledge and skill to provide the exceptional legal guidance, representation, and support you deserve.
Table Of Contents
- Dangerous Roads and Intersections for Motorcyclists in Nashville
- Tips for Motorcycle Safety in Nashville, TN
- Steps to Take after a Nashville Motorcycle Accident
- How much is my Nashville motorcycle accident case worth?
- How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit in Nashville?
- Can I still receive compensation if I’m partially to blame for the accident?
- What if my family member was killed in a Nashville motorcycle accident?
- Why should I hire the Nashville personal injury attorneys at NST Law to handle my motorcycle accident case?
- FAQs About Nashville Motorcycle Accidents
Dangerous Roads and Intersections for Motorcyclists in Nashville
The city of Nashville covers 526 square miles and has a population of around 690,000 as of 2020. That’s up from just over 600,000 in 2010. The population of the metropolitan area has increased by over 300,000 in the last ten years and now sits at just under 2 million people. This means a lot of population growth in a short time.
Increases in traffic volume, coupled with outdated roadways and intersections, create challenging conditions for all drivers, particularly motorcycles.
Some of the most dangerous intersections include heavily congested Bell Road at the Murfreesboro Pike and the intersection of Mount View Road and Hickory Hollow Parkway, where collision records show a 60% injury rate — the highest in the city, despite relatively low traffic volume.
Tips for Motorcycle Safety in Nashville, TN
Staying safe on Nashville roads starts with knowing the rules of the road and how to handle your motorcycle. A good place to start is by downloading the Tennessee Motorcycle Operator Manual and signing up for rider education and training.
Make sure to wear proper safety gear — it can save your life in an accident — and always observe the rules of the road. You also need to be hypervigilant, as other drivers may not see you as well as other vehicles. Check weather, traffic, and roadway conditions so you can avoid known hazards.
Steps to Take after a Nashville Motorcycle Accident
Following a motorcycle accident, you need to take stock of your situation. If you’re injured, try not to move, if safe to do so, or get help moving to a safe location out of traffic.
Next, you’ll want to do the following:
- Call 911 in cases of severe injury and seek medical attention as soon as possible
- Contact Nashville PD at 615-862-8600 if the situation is non-emergency
- Exchange insurance and contact information with other drivers, passengers, and witnesses
- Take photos of the scene of the accident, including location markers
- Provide a witness statement to authorities while the incident is fresh in your mind
- Contact your insurance provider
- Contact a reputable Nashville motorcycle accident attorney
Accidents can leave you confused, injured, and unable to look out for your own best interests. The lawyers at NST Law are here to do the heavy lifting for you.
How much is my Nashville motorcycle accident case worth?
A motorcycle accident can set you back, not only with out-of-pocket costs like damages and medical bills but also with lost wages and more. What are you eligible to seek recovery for?
First, you should know that different insurance policies and limits could affect claims, perhaps making it necessary to seek additional compensation via a lawsuit.
Potential damages are also related to liability in the accident, the severity of injuries, and current and future losses. There are three main types of compensation: economic, non-economic, and punitive. What do they include?
Economic damages are those you pay out-of-pocket, including:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Motorcycle damage
There are no caps on economic damages in Tennessee.
Non-economic damages include those that don’t equate to a tangible cost, such as:
- Disfigurement or loss of limb
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Damages for pain and suffering in Tennessee are limited to $750,000 unless there is a severe or permanent injury, in which case damages cap at $1,000,000.
Punitive damages are sometimes awarded in cases of egregious behavior. If the responsible party acts in a way that is reckless, intentional, or malicious, such as texting while driving, street racing, or driving under the influence, punitive damages might be awarded.
Your Claim May Be Affected by Certain Tennessee Motorcycle Laws
There are several state motorcycle laws that can impact your claim. It’s important to understand your responsibilities as a Nashville motorcyclist to ensure your rights are protected in the event of a crash.
Here are some of the most important laws that can affect your motorcycle accident case:
How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit in Nashville?
Can I still receive compensation if I’m partially to blame for the accident?
Tennessee observes a modified comparative fault rule that means you may still be eligible for some compensation even if you’re partly to blame for a motorcycle accident you were involved in. Essentially, you must have less fault in order to qualify, meaning you have to be less than 50% at fault.
What if my family member was killed in a Nashville motorcycle accident?
Losing a loved one in a motorcycle accident may entitle you to seek wrongful death damages in the state of Tennessee. Those who may be able to seek damages include the following family members:
- Surviving spouse
- Surviving children
- Surviving parents (if no surviving spouse or children exist)
- Personal representative of the estate
If there is a surviving spouse and children, they will split compensation, with the spouse receiving a third or an equal split, whichever is greater.
Why should I hire the Nashville personal injury attorneys at NST Law to handle my motorcycle accident case?
Following a severe injury or the death of a loved one, you might need considerable compensation to cover medical or funeral expenses, lost wages or loss of income, and more. Unfortunately, you simply may not have the energy or experience to fight insurance providers for the settlement you’re due.
The qualified team at NST Law provides the legal representation you need, paired with the compassionate support you deserve. We come to you where you are, at home or in the hospital, for your convenience. We maintain full transparency for your peace of mind, and we offer services on contingency, so we only get paid when you do.
With over 30 years of experience seeking maximum compensation in cases like yours and trial attorneys prepared to fight in court if necessary, we handle all of the heavy lifting so that you can focus on recovery. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and discover how we can support you.
FAQs About Nashville Motorcycle Accidents
It’s natural to have questions when hiring a Nashville attorney to help you seek compensation for your injuries. We’re always happy to speak with you and address any questions or concerns. Below are a few of the questions we encounter most frequently.
Yes, Tennessee law requires that all motorcyclists and their passengers wear helmets approved by the Department of Transportation, CSPM, SNELL, or SIRC.
Failure to wear a helmet, while unlawful, is not grounds for fault in a crash. However, an operator or rider could be held responsible for a portion of any resulting head injury that a helmet may have prevented, and this could limit damages awarded.
Lane splitting is not legal in the state of Tennessee. According to state code, “The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.”
If the at-fault driver in an accident flees the scene and cannot be identified or located, you may find yourself footing the bill for your injuries. For this reason, it’s wise to obtain uninsured motorist coverage as part of your insurance policy.
Even if you aren’t hit by a driver, they could still be at fault for causing an accident that led to injury or loss of life. The at-fault party is still liable, but you will have to prove negligence or other behavior that caused the accident, and a qualified attorney can help.
Generally speaking, it’s best to avoid direct contact with other insurance providers, as they will try to find ways to protect themselves and their own customers. In order to ensure fair compensation, all contact should go through your insurance provider or your attorney, and you should discuss any settlement offer with your lawyer before accepting.
When you choose NST Law, your initial consultation is free. We accept cases on contingency, which means you pay nothing upfront. We receive our payment when a settlement is reached.
Settling a personal injury case is dependent on a number of factors, including the complexity of the accident, the severity of your injuries, the evidence collected, and the insurance company’s willingness to negotiate and settle out of court. The time frame to reach a settlement and secure compensation is different for each case.
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You have just one year from the date of your motorcycle accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in the state of Tennessee. Learn more about the personal injury statute of limitations in Tennessee here.