The Memphis bicycle accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz know that bicyclists face many dangers while riding their bikes on busy city streets that are congested with larger vehicles such as cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles. Our attorneys are experienced in bicycle accident cases and understand the unique legal issues that can present themselves in these cases. If you were hurt in a bicycle accident, call our office today to speak with one of our motor vehicle collision attorneys. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz is the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee. In over 30 years of representing injured victims, we have recovered over $1.5 billion for our clients.Proving Liability Following a Bicycle Crash
While there are some traffic rules that apply specifically to persons operating a bicycle, in general, cyclists must abide by the same rules of the road as motor vehicle drivers. A Memphis city ordinance specifically grants bicyclists the same rights and duties as those belonging to drivers of motor vehicles on public roadways. This includes the right to ride bicycles on city streets. Specifically, the Memphis Code of Ordinances states that the presence of bicycle lanes or paths does not necessarily prohibit a person from operating a bicycle on city roadways. The city currently has more than 200 miles of bicycle lanes, paths, and routes. However, more than 93% of bicycle crashes in the city occur on public roads with no bicycle infrastructure.
Bicycle crashes have become a common occurrence on Memphis roadways, as bicycle use has steadily risen over the past decade. From 2010 to 2016, for instance, daily bicycle use increased by over 350% which caused the number of bicycle-involved accidents increased by 38%. Since the year 2003, more than 1,000 bicycle accidents have been reported in the city of Memphis. Many of these resulted in serious, life-altering injuries, including death.
Under Tennessee law, an injured bicyclist may recover similar compensation as is available to an injured party involved in a motor vehicle crash. Our bicycle accident lawyers can help Memphis residents pursue the amount that they deserve. A bicyclist may assert a claim for property damage, which includes compensation for either repairs to the bicycle or the total loss value of the bicycle if it is not repairable and compensation for any other items of personal property that are damaged in the accident like eyeglasses, cell phone, or clothing, for example. An injured bicyclist may also assert a claim for bodily injury and pursue compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and lost future earnings.
In order to succeed on a bodily injury claim after an accident, a bicyclist must prove that he was injured as a result of a driver’s negligence. The four essential elements of negligence and hence bicycle accident claims in Tennessee are:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty of care
- Causation of injury
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, it is important that you consult with a Memphis bicycle accident attorney to discuss your legal rights and to ensure that you receive just compensation for your injuries. Our firm can evaluate the particular facts of your situation and help point you in the right direction. We represent people injured across Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri, including in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Call our office at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with a bike crash lawyer or a motorcycle accident attorney.