Rear-End Motorcycle Accidents
A violent impact from behind gives the victim little to no chance to brace for the impact or take steps to avoid the collision. Rear-end motorcycle accidents can be particularly dangerous because they often result in the motorcyclist being thrown off the bike. This can lead to broken bones, spinal cord damage, road rash, and permanent scarring, among other severe injuries. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Memphis motorcycle accident lawyers understand how permanent injuries can affect victims and ultimately their loved ones. To discuss your legal rights should you find yourself in this situation, call us today. We are the largest Tennessee-based personal injury law firm, having represented injured people for more than 25 years.Assisting Victims of Rear-End Motorcycle Accidents in Memphis
Thousands of people get hurt each year on motorcycles. In 2013, for example, over 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in traffic crashes. Being injured through no fault of your own can place you in an immediate bind. Instead of being able to go to work, you may need to spend hours upon hours in a doctor’s office. In addition to incurring bills for medical treatment, your paychecks may stop coming until you are well enough to return to work. For many people, pursuing a claim against the driver who caused the wreck is the only way to be made whole, as if the motorcycle accident never occurred in the first place.
Being able to recover damages will depend on whether the plaintiff can satisfy the elements of negligence under Tennessee law and prove the defendant breached a duty owed to the plaintiff to drive safely. In rear-end motorcycle accidents, proving liability is usually not an issue because drivers should not follow too closely. For example, if you are riding your motorcycle on Interstate 40 in Memphis and slow down for traffic, but a pickup truck hits you from behind because the driver did not leave enough distance to come to a complete stop, it is likely that the pickup truck driver acted negligently by following too closely.
In addition to proving liability, the plaintiff will need to prove damages and causation before being able to recover. After a rear-end motorcycle accident, compensatory damages may be available to make the victim whole. These include economic damages, which can be medical bills and lost wages. They also include non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and permanent scarring, something many motorcycle wreck victims must deal with. In certain situations, punitive damages could be available, such as when the defendant driver was drunk. Punitive damages serve to punish the defendant for egregious conduct and send a message that such conduct will not be tolerated in the community. To ensure you understand all damages which may apply to your situation, you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Memphis as soon as possible.Discuss Your Case with a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you were hurt in a rear-end motorcycle accident in Memphis or Shelby County, our firm may be able to help you pursue the losses you sustained as a result of the incident. In addition to handling motorcycle accident cases, our Memphis attorneys represent people hurt in car wrecks, 18-wheeler crashes, and pedestrian accidents. Our firm employs over 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, giving us the resources to handle a wide variety of personal injury cases. We represent clients throughout the South in Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas, including in Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville. Please call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form for a consultation with a motorcycle accident attorney or bicycle crash lawyer. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.