Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycle Accidents

Any collision involving a motorcycle and another vehicle can cause serious injuries to the motorcyclist and any passengers. Since motorcyclists have little protection other than a helmet, they are more vulnerable to serious and catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), neck and spinal cord injuries and paralysis. A serious accident may leave you partially disabled and unable to handle the physical demands of your former job.

The motorcycle accident lawyers at Bill Easterly & Associates understand that most motorcyclists are safety conscious riders who obey Tennessee traffic laws and have sustained injuries as a result of the negligence of other motorists. If that describes your accident, our accident attorneys are ready to help you. Our legal team has more than 25 years of combined experience and we have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for clients.

Why Should You Choose Bill Easterly & Associates After a Motorcycle Accident?

Our Nashville personal injury attorneys scrutinize all the potentially at-fault drivers after a serious motorcycle accident and the sources of insurance. We develop a legal strategy to seek a full recovery for a motorcyclist’s injuries based on the specific facts of the accident. We pride ourselves on paying attention to the details.

We recognize that you may be facing unexpected medical bills and having difficulty paying your household expenses if you have been seriously injured and missed many weeks of work. Legal bills are the last thing you need right now. Our legal team at Bill Easterly & Associates does not charge any upfront legal fees if we handle your motorcycle accident case. It’s our way of putting our clients’ needs first.

We work on a contingency fee basis. Clients do not pay any attorney’s fees unless our motorcycle accident attorneys obtain compensation for you through an insurance settlement or court award. A contingency fee arrangement demonstrates our commitment to helping motorcycle accident victims obtain compensation after a serious accident caused by another motorist.

What Types of Compensation Are You Entitled to Seek After a Motorcycle Accident?

Serious motorcycle accidents may involve extensive medical treatment, lengthy rehabilitation and months of missed work.

Some of the types of damages that you may be entitled to claim after a motorcycle accident include:

  • Compensation for your doctor and hospital bills and rehabilitation as well as for future medical care related to the motorcycle accident injuries
  • Lost past and future wages related to the accident
  • The cost to repair or replace your damaged motorcycle, including the cost of a rental vehicle
  • Compensation for your pain and suffering, emotional distress and loss of consortium with a spouse

Our motorcycle accident attorneys will review the accident carefully to determine all the responsible parties and potential sources of insurance compensation.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

All drivers have a responsibility to remain focused on driving and alert for other vehicles. Many multi-vehicle collisions involving motorcycles are caused by other motorists’ failure to see motorcycles.

A significant portion of motorcycle accidents are caused by cars failing to yield to oncoming motorcyclists at intersections and making negligent left turns in front of them. It is common for the driver of the car or truck to try to blame the accident on the motorcyclist. Unless the motorcyclist was driving illegally, the driver of the car making a left turn will almost always be at fault in such an accident.

Motorcycles also are susceptible to accidents caused by road hazards such as uneven pavement, potholes, loose debris and slick surfaces caused by poor drainage. If a motorcyclist is injured as a result of a road obstruction or improper road maintenance, whatever public or private agency that is responsible for the road’s maintenance may be liable. A city, county or state transportation agency may be responsible for poor road conditions. A driver who dropped cargo onto the road, creating a road hazard, could also be responsible for a crash.

Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

Some motorcyclists sustain only minor scrapes and sprains. But since motorcyclists have little protection other than a helmet, they are vulnerable to serious injuries and catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries, neck and spinal cord injuries and paralysis.

The most common types of injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents include:

  • Head Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injury. Being thrown from a motorcycle can cause a concussion or more serious TBI. A serious traumatic injury is among the most severe injuries and can require months of physical therapy or leave a motorcyclist disabled and facing the expenses of adapting to a new life. Riding without a helmet is illegal in Tennessee and leaves a motorcyclist unprotected against serious head injuries including a broken jaw, lost teeth, eye injuries and disfiguring facial injuries.
  • Broken Bones. The sudden impact of being ejected from a motorcycle, or having a big bike fall on top of you, can cause fractures. Understandably, motorcyclists will extend their arms to try to break their fall and sustain broken bones in their arms or hands. Serious fractures such as broken elbows may require surgery to repair.
  • Leg and Lower-Extremity Injuries. Injuries to the leg and pelvis are among the most common motorcycle accident injuries. Long-bone fractures of the tibia, fibula and femur, and hip dislocation are the most common types of lower extremity injury suffered in motorcycle crashes.
  • Chest Injuries. Being throw from a motorcycle or struck by another vehicle can cause broken ribs, a broken collar bone, a punctured lung or other serious injuries. The violent impact of a motorcycle collision can cause damage to internal organs such as rupturing the diaphragm, the muscle that propels the lungs.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries. An impact to the neck or spine that fractures or dislocates one or more vertebrae or disks can cause a spinal cord injury, leading to nerve damage and paralysis. A spinal cord injury survivor will need to explore all available sources of financial compensation to adapt to a new lifestyle.

Regaining your health after a serious motorcycle accident may involve an extensive recovery and months of physical therapy. It is not uncommon to have thousands of dollars in medical bills. The at-fault driver and his or her insurance company should pay for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other expenses.

Contact a Nashville Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If a negligent driver or a poor road conditions caused you to have a motorcycle accident, talk to an experienced Nashville motorcycle accident attorney. Tennessee allows only a certain amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit after an accident, so it is important to contact a knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer promptly.

The attorneys at Bill Easterly & Associates have successfully represented clients in a number of motorcycle accident cases. We are ready to do everything it takes to recover full compensation for you.