Oxford Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle visibility is sometimes limited on busy roadways with large vehicles and high speeds. As a result, motorcycle crashes are a common occurrence in Oxford and often result in serious injuries to the drivers. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our legal team consists of more than 30 attorneys and 100 support staff members who are experienced in motorcycle crash cases and other situations involving serious injuries. Call our Oxford motorcycle accident attorneys today for a free consultation if you have been injured due to another driver’s carelessness.Seeking Compensation for Your Injuries After a Motorcycle Wreck
Since motorcycles are not enclosed and do not have many of the safety mechanisms found in cars, sedans, SUVs, and trucks, motorcycle accident victims in Oxford often suffer more severe and disabling injuries than car crash victims, such as broken bones and permanent scarring. As a result of these injuries, victims may incur economic losses such as loss of income and medical expenses, as well as non-economic losses like pain and suffering, emotional distress, permanent disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Before being able to recover damages, an injured motorcyclist will need to prove liability. Under Mississippi law, this usually entails showing that the defendant failed to drive safely under the circumstances. This can be accomplished in many ways. Examples of negligence may include making an illegal u-turn, improperly changing lanes, texting while driving, running a stop sign, or speeding. Driving under the influence of alcohol is another way to operate a car or truck in an unsafe manner.
Mississippi drivers are legally required to carry liability insurance coverage on their vehicles in the following minimum coverage amounts for bodily injuries:
- $25,000 per person
- $50,000 per occurrence
Mississippians who drive without required liability insurance may be fined and their driver’s license may be suspended. What if you were hurt in a wreck but the at-fault party has too little insurance or no insurance at all? In that case, you may be able to pursue an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim through your own policy. You may also have medical payment coverage that can pay for medical bills resulting from the accident. If a motorcycle accident victim has $50,000 per person in uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage on the policy and another $5,000 in medical payment coverage, the total recovery for damages under that policy could be as much as $55,000.
What if the victim incurs more than $100,000 in medical bills alone, but the defendant only has minimum insurance limits of $25,000 per person? In a motorcycle accident case, an Oxford lawyer can investigate all potential sources of recovery for you. If the defendant driver was working at the time of the wreck, a claim may be asserted against the defendant’s employer. In Mississippi, if an agent is acting on behalf of the principal and causes a wreck, the principal can be responsible for the agent’s negligence. This is known as vicarious liability or respondeat superior. When a corporation or business is liable for a motorcycle wreck, it usually means it is more likely that there will be sufficient assets to cover the victim’s catastrophic injuries.Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident with an Oxford Attorney
If you have suffered serious injuries as a result of a motorcycle crash, seek the advice of one of our experienced and knowledgeable Oxford motorcycle accident lawyers. We have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients and their loved ones by investigating all potential avenues of recovery in each case. Our firm employs over 30 attorneys and 100 staff members, serving clients throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi, including in Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Contact us toll-free at 800-LAW-4004 to speak with an injury attorney, or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation. NST is the way to go.