There is nothing quite like the feel of riding a motorcycle. Tennessee has some of the prettiest roadways in the country, and taking off on the bike for a drive can be exhilarating. The problem is that most drivers don’t know how to act around motorcycles, and that can lead to some pretty nasty collisions.
When injured riders file claims for compensation with their insurance providers, they should not file their claims alone. You really do need a good injury lawyer on your side to help you, so that you don’t end up getting a lesser settlement or outcome than you’d like.
What are common causes of motorcycle accident injuries?
People in motorcycle accidents sustain injuries due to a wide variety of causes. However, the most common causes include:
- Distracted drivers
- Drunk drivers
- Drivers who make illegal turns
- Drivers who switch lanes without signaling or using their mirrors
- Lack of experience on behalf of the rider
- Dangerous or changing weather conditions
- Road debris and other hazards
Motorcycles simply do not offer the same level of protection, or have all of the same safety features, as cars do. The safest motorcycle in the world still cannot protect you from being physically hit by another car. Even the more experienced motorcyclists still can and do get injured in accidents.
Why bikers need experienced lawyers on their side
If you’re anything like the average homeowner, driver or healthcare consumer, your insurance policy is frustrating and confusing, and filled with language you’ve never seen in any other part of your life. Luckily, your lawyer will be used to reading contracts and policies, and can explain it to you so you know what you are entitled to receive.
Furthermore, motorcycle accident cases can become incredibly complex in cases where there are multiple parties involved. Because Tennessee is a comparative negligence state, how much you recover can be affected by how much fault you share in the crash. You’ll need a lawyer on your side to help you prove that the responsibility falls to another driver or party.
Finally, insurance companies can be sneaky, and will do just about anything they can do in order to not pay. Insurance providers are notorious for being unfair to riders, offering policies with high premiums and low damage payments. Having an experienced lawyer help you file your compensation claim is a better course of action than trying to do it without guidance.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle wreck, you deserve legal counsel you can trust. Delius & McKenzie, PLLC offers aggressive representation to clients injured on roadways in and around Sevierville, Seymour, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. To make an appointment with an experienced Sevierville injury lawyer, please call 865-428-8780 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.