Failure to Yield Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists generally must follow the same rules of the road in Tennessee as the drivers of larger motor vehicles like cars and trucks. In return, car and truck drivers are required to treat motorcyclists like any other vehicle. Unfortunately, in many cases, car and truck drivers fail to yield to smaller vehicles like motorcycles, and crashes ensue as a result. If you have been injured in a failure to yield motorcycle accident, you should contact Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz to discuss a potential bodily injury claim. Our Memphis motorcycle accident lawyers can help you seek compensation for your losses caused by another driver’s negligence.Failure to Yield Motorcycle Accidents Can Cause Serious Harm
Crashes involving a motorcycle and passenger vehicle are often caused by the passenger vehicle’s failure to yield to the smaller motorcycle. Failure to yield motorcycle accidents can occur if the driver does not see the motorcycle in his blind spot and sideswipes the motorcycle, if the driver makes an improper left turn in front of the motorcycle, or if the driver cuts the motorcycle off or runs him off the road. In all of these instances, the larger passenger vehicle’s driver would be to blame for the accident and therefore responsible for the motorcyclist’s injuries.
Unlike most passenger vehicles, motorcycles do not have many of the safety mechanisms that larger cars possess, and motorcyclists may be thrown from the bike or hit the ground during a crash. For these reasons, motorcyclists usually suffer some sort of injury in a crash, even if the impact would be considered minor by others. Head and brain injuries, concussions, spinal injuries, paralysis, broken bones, and scarring are common injuries motorcyclists suffer, and they may be disabled or suffer permanent scarring or disfigurement from the crash.
No matter the severity of the injury, injured motorcyclists only have one year from the date of the wreck to settle their personal injury claim or to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs and bars recovery, pursuant to well-settled Tennessee law. It is very important that victims consult with a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney in the Memphis area as soon after the wreck as possible. Your lawyer can take necessary steps to protect your legal rights.
Typically, a motorcycle accident victim who can establish that his or her injuries were caused by another driver’s failure to yield will be able to seek recovery for economic and non-economic damages sustained in the crash. Under Tennessee law, economic damages include doctor visits, hospital bills, prescription medications, medical devices, lost wages, and other losses that have a specific dollar value. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and other damages that are not automatically assigned a specific dollar amount.Retain a Memphis Attorney for Your Motorcycle Crash Claim
If you sustained injuries in a failure to yield motorcycle accident, contact our office today to discuss your legal rights. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz employs a skilled team of 30 attorneys and over 120 staff members to assist you with your case. We have more than 30 years of experience serving accident victims throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi, including in Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Corinth, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz at 800-529-4004 today or complete our online form for a free consultation with one of our motor vehicle collision attorneys.