Hit and Run Motorcycle Accident
Being involved in a motorcycle accident is a terrifying event. Motorcycles do not have many of the safety features that cars and trucks do, and they weigh significantly less than other vehicles. Because of this, motorcyclists are more prone to severe injuries or even death when involved in a crash. In some cases, the car or truck that hit the motorcyclist will flee the scene, never to be heard of again. Hit and run motorcycle accidents leave motorcyclists and their families wondering how they will be able to recover for their damages when there is no one to take the blame. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, the largest Tennessee-based personal injury law firm, has recovered over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for those injured by the fault of another person. Our Memphis motorcycle accident attorneys stay up to date on the law and understand there can be certain complexities when the at-fault party flees the scene.Accident Attorneys Representing Memphis Motorcyclists in Hit and Run Wrecks
Under Tennessee law, when a driver is involved in an accident resulting in personal injury or death, that driver should stop immediately at the scene of the accident or as close to the scene as possible. The driver should then exchange his name, address, and registration number of the vehicle he was driving, and upon request, provide his driver’s license. In some situations, reasonable assistance should be rendered, including carrying or arranging the carry of the injured party to a medical professional.
Although these laws are in place, not all parties will follow them. If you have been involved in a hit and run motorcycle accident in the Memphis area, it is of utmost importance to immediately contact the police. They may be able to track down the vehicle and the at-fault party. If found, and the driver is deemed liable for the accident, motorcyclists may be able to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, permanent disfigurement, brain damage, and pain and suffering caused by the collision.
However, in many situations, when the at-fault party cannot be located, motorcyclists may be left wondering how they are going to recover for the losses they have suffered. There still may be an avenue of recovery. If the motorcyclist has auto insurance of his or her own, the motorcyclist may file a claim with his or her own insurance company and make an uninsured motorist claim, provided that coverage is on the policy. If so, the victim may recover in a similar manner as recovering through the at-fault party’s insurance. A common misconception in this situation is that your insurance company is on your side when you file an uninsured motorist claim. Instead, the adjuster typically steps into the shoes of the uninsured hit and run defendant and can take a position adverse to yours.
Many are worried that if they involve their own insurance, that their premiums will increase or the insurance company will drop their coverage. This is another misconception. Tennessee law states no insurance company shall increase premiums or drop an insured from coverage solely for making a claim through uninsured motorist coverage.Contact a Memphis Attorney After a Hit and Run Motorcycle Accident
Hit and run accidents are complicated and often more involved than traditional motorcycle accidents. The questions of liability and who will be able to provide compensation for your damages are always at question. If you were injured or a loved one was killed as a result of a hit and run accident in Tennessee or a neighboring state, the Memphis attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to develop a strategy to help you seek the damages to which you may be entitled. Our firm consists of over 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members. We can assist people who suffer injuries in Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas, including in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-LAW-4004 or using our online form to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney. NST is the way to go.