Chattanooga Motorcycle Accidents
Motor Vehicle Crash Lawyers Serving Chattanooga
Tennessee is blessed with thousands of miles of roadways that are perfect for long or short motorcycle rides. One scenic route is through the rolling hills and mountains of Chattanooga and Hamilton County. Unfortunately, many motorcyclists are overlooked on the roadway by other motorists and accidents happen. The Chattanooga motorcycle accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz understand these incidents often result in severe injuries or death due to the limited safety mechanisms protecting motorcyclists. Additionally, with the size difference between a smaller motorcycle and a large car or truck, the car or truck will almost always win. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, call our firm today for a free consultation. Over the years, we have grown into the largest personal injury law based firm in Tennessee by fighting for our clients’ rights at all times.
Recovering After a Tragic Motorcycle Accident in Chattanooga
In Tennessee, anyone injured by the negligence of another generally has one year from the date of the incident to either settle with the at-fault party or properly file a lawsuit against them in the appropriate court. Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of any potential recovery you may be entitled to after a motorcycle accident. Although one year sounds like a long time, Tennessee has one of the shortest statute of limitations in the country. It is important to contact a motorcycle accident attorney immediately following your accident so that your case does not become time-barred. Additionally, if too much time has passed, there may not be enough time to gather all of the necessary evidence and records to properly move forward with your claim.
To prove the defendant driver’s negligence, four elements must be met under Tennessee law. First, it must be established that the defendant owed the motorcyclist a duty to drive safely. This is usually not too difficult. Second, it must be proven that the defendant breached that duty. Third, the motorcyclist will have to show that the at-fault party’s breach was the direct and proximate cause of the accident. Last, the motorcyclist will have to prove that he suffered damages as a result of the collision.
When the facts of the motorcycle wreck are clear, such as when the defendant runs a red light or makes an unsafe left turn, liability may be admitted by the defendant’s insurer or attorney. Damages, on the other hand, are frequently in dispute. You should have an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in the Chattanooga area on your side to help you identify all damages to which you may be entitled under the law. These frequently include medical bills (including future medical treatment), lost wages, diminished future earning capacity, emotional distress, bruising or scarring, or permanent disability.
Contact a Chattanooga Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
Motorcycle accidents caused by the careless actions of another on the road could lead to life altering injuries such as brain damage, loss of limbs, and paralysis. Since 2005, over 100 people have died each year in Tennessee in motorcycle accidents. The Chattanooga attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are here to help. Our firm employs over 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members. We represent clients throughout the South in Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas including in Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville. Please call us at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form for a consultation with an injury lawyer. NST is the way to go.