Drunk Driving Motorcycle Accidents
Intoxicated drivers pose a significant threat to everyone else on the road, including motorcyclists. Taking alcohol out of the equation, motorcyclists already face an increased risk of severe injury in an accident due to the relative lack of safety mechanisms that motorcycles can provide for their operators. In drunk driving motorcycle accidents, there is a greater likelihood that the crash will involve a high speed impact with little or no action taken to avoid directly hitting the motorcyclist. Often, catastrophic injury, or even death, results from this type of crash. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, the Memphis motorcycle accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz will work hard to protect your rights and help you recover for your losses. We are the largest Tennessee-based personal injury law firm, and we have been fighting to protect the rights of injured victims for over 30 years.Attorneys Representing Motorcyclists Injured by Drunk Drivers in the Memphis Area
One of the first steps in successfully obtaining recovery following a drunk driving motorcycle accident is establishing a claim for negligence. Negligence involves the breach of a duty of care owed to a person that causes injury to that person. Given the known dangers involved in driving while intoxicated, juries are highly likely to find that the intoxicated driver breached a duty of care owed to the victim. Since Tennessee law prohibits driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater, the driver’s negligence can also be established simply by showing that the driver violated those Tennessee laws. This is known as negligence per se, or negligence as a matter of law.
Once the driver’s negligence has been established, proving your damages will become another important aspect of your case. For most motorcycle accident victims, damages will include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In a drunk driving motorcycle accident case, it is likely that the victim will have suffered injuries catastrophic enough to cause lasting, permanent impairment. In that case, the victim will likely need continual medical care well into the future. The victim’s injuries may also prevent them from returning to work, or from working ever again. When it comes to damages like future medical expenses and lost earning capacity, the opinion of an expert witness may be necessary to prove the amount of damages that a victim is entitled to recover.
If the victim was killed in the accident, there are other types of damages that may be recoverable by the victim’s estate and survivors. These include funeral expenses, loss of society and companionship, and what is known as loss of consortium. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Memphis will know what damages you are entitled to based on the facts of your case, as well as the relevant burden of proof to satisfy under the law.Discuss Your Case with a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Memphis
If you or someone you know has been injured by a drunk driver, or if you have lost a loved one as a result of a drunk driver’s negligence, the motorcycle accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are here to advocate for you. Our firm represents clients throughout Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Mississippi, including in cities like Memphis, Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Tupelo, Oxford, Jackson, Meridian, Grenada, Columbus, Starkville, Caruthersville, and Hayti. We will use our team of over 30 lawyers and more than 100 support staff members to fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve. Contact our office by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form for a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision lawyer. NST is the way to go.