Nashville Hit and Run Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries or even fatalities, especially if the accident is a hit and run and the injured motorcyclist is unable to receive immediate medical attention following the crash. Recently, in the Nashville area, a man was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular assault, and leaving the scene of a fatal crash after striking a motorcyclist. If you have been hurt in a hit and run motorcycle accident or if you have lost a loved one in this type of crash, the Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to help you pursue a case against the at-fault driver if he or she is identified or file an uninsured motorist claim with your own insurance carrier.Seeking Compensation After a Hit and Run Motorcycle Accident
It is illegal to flee the scene of an auto accident in Tennessee where personal property damage or bodily injury results. Not only must the driver stop and provide his or her information to the other party, but he or she should also call 911 and help get an injured party the medical assistance he or she needs. Failure to do so may result in criminal charges and penalties. This is true for all auto accidents, including those involving motorcyclists.
Contrary to those laws, many at-fault drivers flee the scene after an accident for a number of reasons. The defendant may be afraid of criminal charges or of being financially responsible for the accident. If the defendant was driving under the influence or drugs or alcohol or did not have insurance, he or she may be more likely to leave the scene to avoid arrest. If it is apparent that the motorcyclist suffered serious injuries, the defendant may panic and leave the scene in order to keep from having to pay for the motorcyclist’s damages. This can be catastrophic, as serious injuries can become fatal if not treated in a timely manner.
If the motorcyclist can get a tag number from the fleeing vehicle, this will help the police department locate the defendant driver. Those involved in an accident should call the police, and the Nashville Police Department can be reached by calling 911 or 615-862-8600. Similarly, eyewitnesses may be able to provide the make, model, color, or other information about the vehicle to aid the police department in locating the responsible party. If the defendant is identified and he or she has car insurance, you will be able to file a bodily injury claim with that liability carrier to recover for your damages. In Tennessee, drivers are required to carry a minimum of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident in liability insurance coverage.
If there were no eyewitnesses and you are unable to provide any indentifying details about the defendant or his vehicle, then you may have to look to your own insurance policy for recovery. Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is not required for Tennessee drivers; however, they must specifically reject this coverage in writing if they choose to not carry this coverage. Like liability policies, most uninsured/underinsured motorist policies provide at least $25,000 in coverage per person and $50,000 per accident.
Contacting a motorcycle crash attorney in the Nashville area after a hit and run accident will allow you to focus on your injuries and recovery, and your attorney can perform the legwork to investigate the defendant’s identity and liability for the accident. Even if identified, the defendant may try to deny involvement in the accident or responsibility for the accident. You, as the plaintiff in a personal injury claim, have the legal burden of proof to show that the defendant’s negligence caused the accident and your injuries. A skilled attorney can not only help to identify the defendant, but also help prove how the accident happened and convince a jury to hold the defendant responsible for your damages.Discuss Your Hit and Run Motorcycle Accident with a Nashville Attorney
If you have been hurt by a hit and run driver and do not know what to do next, turn to the experienced and knowledgeable attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. We can assist with locating the responsible driver, and if that fails, we can file an uninsured motorist claim with your carrier so that you can recover for your losses. Call our office today at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form so that one of our motorcycle crash attorneys can review your insurance policy and discuss all of your legal options with you. We are the largest plaintiff’s personal injury firm based in Tennessee, with offices in Jackson, Memphis, and Knoxville to serve injured parties across Tennessee and the surrounding states. We also serve Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Missouri. NST is the way to go.