Tennessee Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Tennessee is a destination for many motorcyclists seeking great scenery. In eastern Tennessee, the “Southern Dozen” trails take riders through winding roads and mountains. And since 1994, riders have been flocking to Tennessee Valley for the Trail of Tears ride, which had about 5,000 participants in 2015.

The same topography that is such a draw for motorcyclists is also one of the biggest threats to their safety. A winding portion of U.S. 129 known as The Dragon and The Tail of the Dragon features more than 300 curves in 11 miles. Between 2010 and 2012, 204 crashes occurred on the Tennessee portion of that road, and six of them were fatal.

Mountainous roads with blind turns can be dangerous for motorcyclists, but serious and fatal motorcycle accidents occur in cities, too. Often, crashes occur because other motorists either don’t see motorcyclists or they’re not paying attention. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Tennessee caused by a reckless or inattentive driver, we may be able to help you. Call us today at (931) 962-1044.

Crash Statistics

Preliminary crash data from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security reported 121 state motorcycle fatalities in 2014 – fewer than in 2013 or 2012. But 2014’s fatal motorcycle crash number was nearly four times what it was in 1998.

The increase in serious and fatal motorcycle crashes is a trend that extends beyond Tennessee, and some age groups have a much higher risk of a fatal crash than others.

The Insurance Information Institute reports that the number of motorcyclists age 40 and over killed in crashes increased 39 percent between 2004 and 2013. Serious injuries were 2-1/2 times more likely for riders age 60 and older, and riders older than 40 are more likely than younger riders to suffer from fractures, dislocations, and brain damage. The reasons crashes occur more frequently – with more severity – in older age groups is that as people age, eyesight and reflex time decrease, and bodies become more fragile.

A permanently disabling crash is a tragedy, regardless of one’s age, but it can be particularly difficult for families of older riders. As people approach retirement, a serious accident can ruin future plans and deplete savings accounts, creating financial hardship. In such situations, an experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help families by pursuing compensation from parties responsible for the crash.

If a motorcycle crash has injured someone in your family, call the law offices of John R. Colvin. We’ve been protecting the interests of people in the Tennessee Valley for nearly 15 years, providing the kind of personalized service you just can’t find at a corporate law firm.

Call us today: (931) 962-1044.

Crash Causes

In 2012, a 32-year-old Chattanooga motorcyclist died when he was struck by a left-turning vehicle. It’s one of the most common types of motorcycle crashes, because cars turning left may simply be looking for a lack of cars, rather than the presence of a motorcycle. Motorists may also misjudge the speed at which a motorcycle is approaching.

Because motorcycles are smaller than cars, other motorists may not see them, especially in a car’s blind spot. When people first learn how to drive, they are taught to glance over their shoulder before changing lanes, but driving habits may become more lax over time. Drivers who change lanes without checking their blind spot could easily clip the front of a motorcycle and cause a crash.

Some motorcycle crashes occur in the same manner as car crashes, but the outcomes are more severe. For example, if a car rear-ends another car at a stoplight at a low speed, both drivers may walk away from the crash with nothing but a dented fender. But when a car rear-ends a motorcyclist, a motorcyclist could be crushed, ejected, or pinned between two cars.

Motorcyclists are often advised to wear bright colors and use lights to make themselves more visible, and the ways that riders position themselves on roadways may also improve visibility. Driving techniques and safety tips are included in driver education courses, such as those offered by the Tennessee Motorcycle Rider Education Program, which offers training for new and experienced riders alike.

An Advocate for your Rights

Even the most experienced, cautious motorcyclists may be involved in crashes, due to other motorists’ poor driving habits. When that crash causes injuries, you’ll need the help of someone who understands your rights and what course of action you can pursue.

John R. Colvin has protected the rights of injured people in the Tennessee Valley, securing the best possible outcome for them and their families. Find out what we can do for you. Ask for your no-obligation consultation today by calling (931) 962-1044 or completing our online contact form.

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