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Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

The dedicated motorcycle accident attorneys at Green, Waters Ogle and McCarter have experience in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle injury accidents. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS), car accident fatalities in Tennessee have decreased over the past two decades.1 However, TDOSHS data shows that motorcycle fatalities have steadily increased in Tennessee since 1998. In 2019, there were 153 motorcycle fatalities in the State of Tennessee, which is down slightly from 2018. But overall from 1999 to 2019, motorcycle crash deaths in Tennessee soared 159.32 percent, going from 59 to 153.2 Data from TDOSHS shows that Sevier County ranks fourteenth for overall motorcycle crash rate in Tennessee.3

With a Tough Attorney By Your Side, You Can Stand Against the Insurance Company

According to NHTSA, more than 80 percent of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist.4 Even with a helmet and the appropriate gear, motorcyclists can easily sustain catastrophic and life-threatening injuries in an accident, the most common of which include: concussions, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, lower extremity injuries, fractures and road rash. Unfortunately, in many motorcycle crashes, the at-fault driver will argue that the injured motorcyclist was also negligent in causing the accident. While this is sometimes the case, it is also often used as a defense tactic by the insurer for the at-fault driver to reduce the amount of damages you receive for your injuries and other losses. Often, insurance companies have teams of employees and lawyers who deal with your claim. This can leave you feeling outmatched and outmanned. With a former insurance defense lawyer on our team at Green, Waters Ogle and McCarter, we can even the playing field between you and the insurance company. Our lawyers have successfully handled motorcycle accident cases for injured riders throughout East Tennessee. If you've been injured in a motorcycle crash in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, contact us. As relentless, knowledgeable Sevier County personal injury attorneys, we take care of the entire motorcycle accident case—filling out legal forms, interviewing witnesses, photographing the accident location and ensuring that evidence is preserved. We will review your motorcycle accident claim for free and offer you an honest, accurate assessment of liability, damages and available insurance coverage.

Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Tennessee

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office reminds all motorists to 'look twice' and safely 'share the road' to help keep motorcyclists safe.5 Unfortunately, motorists do not always follow those recommendations. According to the NHTSA, about one-third of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes are a result of other motorists turning into the path of the motorcycle.4 Motorcyclists must train themselves to constantly recognize danger and risk. For example, they must learn to be more alert at intersections, where most motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles take place.4

The most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Tennessee include:

  • Unsafe Lane Changes
  • Car Doors
  • Speeding
  • Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
  • Lane Splitting
  • Sudden Stops
  • Inexperienced Drivers
  • Left Turn Accidents

Tennessee Motorcycle Laws

Our personal injury lawyers are well-versed in Tennessee laws applicable in motorcycle crashes. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office provides a list of state laws that motorcycle riders must follow:

  • A safety helmet is required to be worn by motorcyclists. [TCA 55-9-302]
  • The daytime use of headlight is required. [TCA 55-8-164]
  • The motorcyclist must wear eye protection unless his/her motorcycle is equipped with a windshield. [TCA 55-9-304]
  • Lane splitting is not legal in Tennessee. [TCA 55-8-182]
  • The motorcycle must be equipped with both a left and right side mirror. [TCA 55-9-305]
  • Mufflers are required on motorcycles. Cutouts are prohibited. [TCA 55-9-202]
  • If the motorcycle is transporting a passenger, then it must be equipped with passenger seating and passenger footrest. [TCA 55-9-305], [TCA 55-8-164]

Resources for Tennessee Motorcycle Riders

Footnotes

  1. Tennessee Traffic Fatality Rate 1950-2017, from TDOSHS
  2. Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities in Tennessee 1998-2019, from TDOSHS
  3. Tennessee Traffic Crash Data: County Rankings and Statistics by Emphasis Area 2013-2017, from TDOSHS
  4. The Anatomy of a Motorcycle Crash, from NHTSA
  5. Look Twice for Motorcycles, from Tennessee Highway Safety Office