Injured in A Motorcycle Collision? A Knoxville Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help
Knoxville, Tennessee is home to the Smoky Mountains and lavish scenery but also to the infamous highway known as the Tail of the Dragon.
The Tail of the Dragon is not for the faint of heart. With its 318 twists and turns, none of which are the same, it’s considered to be an exciting adventure and challenge for motorcyclists. The highway has no businesses, not a single intersecting road, and no houses with driveways.
The dangerous route has been a popular roadway for countless people, but motorcyclists need to be extra cautious when driving on this curvy highway.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need a Knoxville motorcycle accident attorney to assist you.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA), “Motorcyclist deaths occurred 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles, based on 2014 fatal crash data.”
If you were injured because of another driver’s carelessness, you need an attorney like those at the McMahan Law Firm, to assist you. We are aware of the dangers motorcycle owners face and how severe those accidents can be. We are ready to help you fight for the compensation you deserve after an accident.
Frequent Causes of Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are not uncommon and often times result in devastating injuries. The severity of the accident will determine what type of injuries a motorist may experience. Frequent causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Driving under the influence
- Lane splitting
- Left-hand turns
- Head-on collisions
- Unexpected stops
- Defects in the motorcycle
- Car doors
Although these are common causes of motorcycle accidents, there are countless other reasons why these accidents can occur. When you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, our legal team can help you with your case.
Proper preparation before driving a motorcycle could prevent an accident and save your life. For example, some collisions occur because the driver failed to check if the motorcycle was safe before riding. Below are road preparation tips to help you ensure your motorcycle is safe before driving on the highways:
- Inspect tire pressure and tread
- Ensure all lights including tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals are operating correctly
- Check fluid levels
- Check battery
- Test brakes
- Confirm controls such as the throttle and clutch are working properly
Implementing safety checks before riding could reduce accidents on the road. The lawyers at McMahan Law Firm want every rider to be safe while traveling. Being prepared for the road is important to ensure the safety of yourself and other drivers.
Safety should be the number one priority when operating any vehicle. Listed below are safety tips for those who own a motorcycle:
- Wear protection- Wearing the proper protection could save your life if you’re in an accident. Be sure to wear a helmet and thick clothing such as leather or denim. Also, wear gloves that fit properly to protect your hands and help with gripping the handles.
- Ride as a responsible driver– It’s essential to know the traffic laws and obey them. It’s often hard to see motorcycles, therefore, it’s especially important to drive responsibly and be alert to your surroundings.
- Alcohol and drug-free– Driving under the influence or while medicated will affect your driving abilities. Coordination, judgment, and alertness become impaired when you’re intoxicated or drowsy. These symptoms should never be mixed with driving a motorcycle.
- Follow all traffic rules– Sometimes riders believe that, because their vehicle is smaller, they can maneuver easily between cars. Obeying traffic rules such as maintaining a certain amount of distance between cars and turning on blinkers could prevent a collision.
- Wear noticeable colors– Dark clothing tends to blend in with the road, while bright colors, such as safety neon, can help riders be noticed.
McMahan Law Firm believes in safety but we understand that safety is not always a priority for some drivers. When another driver causes a collision due to their careless actions and you suffer injuries as a result, you deserve to receive maximum compensation for your pain and suffering.
Share the Road, Knoxville
Safe driving does not only apply to motorcyclists but to all road users. One thing motorists must understand is that safety is more challenging when motorcycles are on the road due to their small size and low visibility compared to regular size vehicles. If all drivers are aware of their surroundings and make an effort to share the road with motorcyclists, it could help reduce the fatality rate.
Whether you’re a motorcycle, semi-truck, or regular size vehicle, it’s imperative to share the road with others.
Damages Awarded to Motorcyclists
When injured in a motorcycle accident, our attorneys may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries. You could be compensated for the following:
- Lost wages– Some injuries may require time away from work to heal
- Medical expenses– Present and future medical bills could be covered
- Pain and suffering– This can include aches, scarring, and emotional stress
- Loss of consortium– A spouse may be compensated for the loss of their loved one
- Property damage– Compensation for damages to the vehicle
In order to know what you might be entitled to, speak with one of our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys who can review your case.
Why McMahan Law?
At McMahan Law Firm, we believe in working to make the roadways a safe place for all drivers. Motorcyclists deserve to feel as safe on the roads as those operating a motor vehicle. If you or a loved one have been a victim of an accident, our Knoxville motorcycle accident lawyers can help you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve for injuries due to someone else’s negligent actions. We can handle the insurance company while you focus on recovering.
Motorcycle crashes frequently result in serious injuries or fatalities due to their small size and lack of protection compared to larger motor vehicles. Call the McMahan Law Firm today at (865) 450-8946 or fill out our free consultation form.