Oxford Motorcycle Accidents
Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyers Serving Oxford and Surrounding Areas
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 $1.5 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.
Most car accidents are preventable and occur as a result of errors by one or more drivers. To prove liability, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver owed you a duty of care, which was breached, and that your injuries resulted from the driver’s carelessness. Damages that may be available in these cases often include medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Truck drivers are required to follow numerous detailed regulations, including rules related to hours of service, keeping a logbook, and maintenance procedures. Many of these regulations are intended to protect other people on the road from harm. In some states, if a driver violated a law that was enacted to protect the public, the violation can create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Trucking companies are also required to follow a number of regulations, including rules related to background checks of drivers and proper supervision. They often may be held directly or indirectly liable for a truck accident.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.
When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.
Nursing home residents are often elderly or disabled, and thus they are especially vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and exploitation by staff members. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or employ staff members who are inadequately trained to deal with potentially frustrating situations. Nursing homes are required to protect their residents from physical, mental, and emotional harm by providing a safe environment, as well as adequately training and supervising staff. A failure to do so may be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit for damages.
Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.