When you leave your home, you risk being the victim in a motor vehicle accident. Knoxville traffic can be extremely dangerous for everyone, but it can be especially dangerous and deadly for motorcyclists. Vehicle collisions can be especially dangerous for motorcyclists because of the lack of safety features and other devices that most cars have to protect occupants. Therefore, the rider takes the full impact in a collision. Also, motorcycles are much smaller and lighter than the vehicles they collide with in a crash. All of this combined together results in catastrophic and severe injuries for riders in motorcycle accidents.
If you or a family member has been injured in a Knoxville or eastern Tennessee motorcycle accident, it is imperative that you contact a personal injury attorney who has extensive experience handling Tennessee motorcycle accident cases. Our Knoxville motorcycle accident lawyers handle these types of personal injury cases on a regular basis. We help individuals and families receive compensation to help ease the financial burden caused by the careless, reckless, or negligent actions of another driver.
To determine if a motorcycle accident lawsuit can provide you with the compensation you need, contact the motorcycle accident lawyers of Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC. Call our office at 865-292-2307 or visit our website to schedule a free legal consultation today. We want you to focus on what is truly important — your recovery — while we focus on the legal battle to get you the compensation you deserve.
Why Do Motorcyclists Love Eastern Tennessee?
Eastern Tennessee has some of the most beautiful places to ride in the southeast. According to Motorcycle Roads, Tennessee has “lush forests, abundant bodies of water, and breathtaking mountains” that results in amazing motorcycle rides. In addition to the amazing scenery, Tennessee also has “lively cities and towns with rich histories and colorful amenities that draw visitors year round.”
Breathtaking rides through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian Mountains are always favorites as well as locations in and around Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge. Motorcycle Roads recommends the following motorcycle routes for riders who wish to enjoy some of the most breathtaking and exciting routes in Tennessee:
- The Tennessee Legend is 455 miles that begins and ends in Athens, TN and includes riding through the Tennessee Valley area and the Fall Creek Falls area.
- Old TN Highway 95 has curvy, tight roads through countryside dotted with houses and farms.
- Taste of Dandridge & Bush Beans runs through the scenic backroads of Jefferson County, TN.
- The I-40 Through Pisgah and Cherokee National Forests motorcycle route travels through the Appalachian Mountains just east of the Great Smokey Mountains.
- Tennessee 32 travels through the Cherokee National Forest and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
The most famous motorcycle route is the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap on US 129, which has 318 curves in 11 miles. The Dragon is considered “the destination” for thousands of motorcycle riders throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Any of the above motorcycle routes provide outstanding views and thrilling rides but there are so many more to choose from throughout the entire state of Tennessee.
Motorcyclists Face High Risk For Catastrophic Injuries In Crashes
As a motorcycle rider, you have the same right to use our Tennessee roads and highways as other drivers. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to pay enough attention to the task of driving to notice motorcyclists who are sharing the road with them. They fail to yield the right of way to motorcycles, cut off motorcycles, and rear-end motorcycles at traffic signals and stop signs. Careless, negligent, and distracted driving are the most common reasons why other drivers collide with motorcycles.
Due to the difference between a motorcycle and the other vehicle involved in the collision, motorcycle riders typically sustain severe, traumatic injuries in crashes. These injuries result in very high damages including medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and other out-of-pocket expenses. Because the injuries are severe, physical and emotional damages are also high in motorcycle accidents.
Common injuries our Knoxville personal injury attorneys see in motorcycle crashes include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other severe head injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Lacerations, scrapes, cuts, and bruises
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Extreme trauma to the exposed areas of the body and to the extremities
- Extreme trauma to the facial bones, teeth, and eyes
- Internal bleeding and injuries to internal organs
Recovering from a motorcycle accident can takes months, and you may never fully recover from your injuries. The Knoxville motorcycle accident lawyers at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC can help you recover compensation for your losses and damages including compensation for your physical pain and emotional suffering and even compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one.
Why Do I Need A Knoxville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
There are numerous situations that can lead to a motorcycle crash. Sometimes fault may be difficult to determine and difficult to prove. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer conducts a thorough accident investigation to identify and closely examine evidence that shows why the collision occurred and to determine whether there is proof that the other party was at fault. This is essential if you want to receive compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys understand the importance of proving fault and the unique challenges posed by motorcycle wrecks.
The insurance company for the at-fault party may attempt to settle your accident claim as quickly as possible for the lowest amount possible. Our attorneys understand the true value of your injury claim and we stand up to insurance companies seeking to pay you less than your claim is worth. Our goal is to allow you to focus all of your attention and resources on your recovery while we take the burden of dealing with insurance companies and the court system off of your shoulders.
Protecting Motorcycle Riders in Knoxville and Throughout Eastern Tennessee
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash, our Knoxville motorcycle accident lawyers can help. To determine if filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit will bring relief to you and to your family by providing the compensation you deserve, contact Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC by calling 865-292-2307 to schedule a free consultation.