Nashville Bicycle Accidents
Nashville consistently ranks high for the number of accidents involving bicycles and motor vehicles in Tennessee. With more and more people riding their bikes for exercise, fun, or getting to work, accidents with cars are bound to happen. Many times, a bicyclist injured after a collision with a motor vehicle or truck will sustain severe injuries such as paralysis, loss of a limb, brain trauma, or even death. The impact that bicycle accidents can have on families is often devastating. For more than 25 years, the Nashville bicycle accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have helped victims and their loved ones. As the largest personal injury law firm based in Tennessee, NST has the resources to provide each case with individual attention.Using Our Skill and Expertise to Protect Your Rights
In Tennessee, a bicycle has the legal status of a vehicle, which means that bicyclists have rights to use the road and the responsibilities that come with it. Many motorists do not recognize this and often cause accidents simply because they are not paying attention or looking out for cyclists. Tennessee traffic laws that a bicyclist must follow include the following:
- Ride in the same direction of traffic on the right-hand side of the road.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Use the appropriate hand signals to notify those around you of your intended movements.
- Install a white light in the front of the bike and a red reflector or red light on the back.
- Anyone under the age of 16 must wear a helmet if riding on any highway, street, or sidewalk.
- All child passengers under 40 pounds or 40 inches must be properly restrained in a child seat or bicycle trailer.
In order to pursue a successful bodily injury claim against a motorist following a Nashville accident, a bicyclist must prove that the defendant driver was negligent. This can be established by showing the driver owed you a duty of care, he breached that duty of care, and that breach directly and proximately caused the accident resulting in your damages. Examples of negligence include speeding, making an improper right turn, texting while driving, and improperly veering into someone else’s lane of travel.
Once liability is established, the bicyclist will have to prove the injuries and damages that were suffered. Many times, these are proven through medical records and expert testimony. In a bicycle accident case, an experienced Nashville lawyer can advise you of the damages that you may be able to pursue. Economic damages include medical bills and lost wages, while non-economic damages generally concern losses that cannot be directly quantified, like pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. If a victim suffers road rash that results in permanent scars, damages may be recovered as well.Retain a Nashville Bicycle Accident Attorney to Work for You
If you have been hit by a car in the Nashville area, our bicycle accident attorneys are ready to speak with you about your case. With over 30 attorneys and over 100 support staff members, Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz 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 an injury attorney. Let us explain to you why NST is the way to go.