Nashville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
The aftermath of a bike wreck can be overwhelming to deal with. When you’re ready to bring the at-fault party to justice, consult with a Nashville motorcycle crash lawyer who can help you secure the compensation you deserve.
Motorcycle crashes are known for causing catastrophic injuries to bikers on a daily basis and often even fatalities. Your injuries may be so severe that you’ll need to take time off of work in order to fully recuperate from your injuries. The inability to earn an income can put you and your family in financial crisis, which is why it is of utmost importance to enlist the services of a seasoned Nashville motorcycle accident lawyer.
When you choose to work with the attorneys at Raybin & Weissman, P.C., you’ll have peace of mind knowing that a team of highly trained professionals are working diligently to build a compelling case against the person or persons who are liable for the damages you’ve endured. We will do whatever is possible to achieve full repayment for all you’ve been through after your motorcycle accident.
Who Is at Fault for Your Damages?
In most bike wrecks, the person who hit you will be found liable for your damages. This is typically due to unsafe driving behaviors, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, aggressive driving, driving while fatigued, and distracted driving, to name a few.
But the other involved driver isn’t the only party that may have played a part in the cause of your injuries. For example, the Tennessee Department of Transportation could be at fault if the roads themselves caused your motorcycle crash, or the automakers and parts manufacturers could be responsible if any of the involved vehicles had a faulty or malfunctioning part.
After completing a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident, your Nashville motorcycle crash attorney will have a better idea of who should be held accountable for your damages and name any and all entities who contributed to your damages as defendants in your motorcycle accident claim.
Dealing with Insurers after Your Motorcycle Accident
It may come as a surprise to learn that the insurance company is likely not going to be willing to simply hand you the funds that your damages are worth. In fact, you should expect them to do everything in their power to reduce the amount that you’ll be entitled to. This is because the insurance company loses money every time they need to settle a claim, which is clearly not to their benefit.
Many insurance adjusters are trained to utilize many different tactics in order to accomplish this goal. For this reason, we strongly recommend leaving all communications with the insurance company to your attorney. The last thing you need is to make a statement to the insurer and then have them manipulate your words to make you seem more liable for the cause of the accident than you are.
Furthermore, if you happen to be offered a settlement from the insurer, it would be well-advised to review this offer with your lawyer before you accept. If your offer was made in haste, it is quite plausible that the insurance adjuster realizes how much your settlement is actually valued at, and the offer they’ve made is sure to be far less than the total impact of your losses.
By allowing your lawyer to deal with the insurance company, you’ll be able to focus on recovering from your injuries without having to worry about being taken advantage of by an acquisitive insurer.
Getting the Most Out of Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
Possibly the most important part of your civil claim is ensuring that each loss that you’ve suffered is accounted for when your lawyer is calculating the value of your damages. Although the amount that injury victims will be able to obtain will vary on a case-by-case basis, the kinds of losses that survivors endure are often the same. These losses may consist of:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Damage to your earning capacity
- Scarring and/or disfigurement
- Loss of companionship and love
- Emotional distress
- Loss of household services
The nature of many motorcycle collisions may also open up the door for an award of punitive damages. The judge presiding over your case can impose such an award when the actions of the defense are found to be abhorrent or with the intention of causing harm to another.
Punitive damages will dramatically increase the amount of your final award, but their ultimate purpose is simply to send a message that such egregious actions are not going to be tolerated now or in the future by the Tennessee court system.
Motorcycle Accident FAQ
No one is ever ready to be injured in a bike wreck, and when it happens to you, you’ll likely have many questions about what you should expect to happen next as you prepare to file your civil lawsuit.
Below we have addressed some of the most commonly asked personal injury questions we receive in regards to motorcycle accidents. As always, if you have questions that haven’t been answered in this article, you can reach out to our office to schedule your complimentary consultation today.
Will I still have a case if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
Yes, you will still be able to seek compensation from the at-fault party. However, due to the fact that TN law requires all motorcyclists and their passengers to wear helmets while the bike is being ridden, your award may be reduced as per the modified comparative negligence law.
A good example would be if you were awarded $100,000 and were found to be 5 percent at fault for the cause of the accident; in this situation, you could expect your award to reflect a 5 percent reduction, and your case would be resolved at a settlement of $95,000.
Do I need to settle my claim in court?
We may be able to settle your case outside of court by negotiating with the insurance company. However, in the event that the insurer is not willing to settle your claim for an amount that’s both fair and reasonable, we will have no choice but to bring your case to court in Nashville. It may seem intimidating to be headed to court while you’re still in recovery, but we will only do so if it’s in your best interest.
What if my passenger is responsible for causing my injuries?
This is a difficult situation to be in, and you are still entitled to compensation despite the fact that you likely have a close relationship with the passenger on your bike. You can rest a little bit easier knowing that your attorney will handle your case with the utmost of care so that you can retain the relationship you have with your passenger to the best of your ability while your case remains unresolved.
Take Advantage of Your Complimentary Consultation
When you make the decision to pursue a civil claim against the culpable party in your wreck, get in touch with a qualified Nashville motorcycle accident lawyer at Raybin & Weissman, P.C. You can even schedule your free claim evaluation today by calling our office at 615-256-6666 or by filling out the convenient contact form we have provided at the bottom of this page.