Experienced Nashville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Fighting for the compensation you need and deserve
Motorcycles are popular in and around Nashville, but they are vulnerable out on the road. It only takes one negligent driver to cause an accident that leaves a motorcyclist seriously injured. Recovering financial compensation after a crash can be a complicated and frustrating process. The Law Office of Eric Beasley can help you get results.
Attorney Eric Beasley has been fighting for injured motorcyclists in the Nashville area for more than 20 years. During that time, he’s earned a reputation as a hard-working and very effective lawyer who does not quit until his clients get the compensation they need and deserve. He’s proud of the testimonials he’s received and the referrals he continues to get.
A motorcycle accident can happen anywhere – on I-24, Elm Hill Pike, Highway 46 or at any intersection in the county. The aftermath of a crash can be overwhelming for victims and their families. Victims suffer serious injuries that can be life-changing. Medical bills and being unable to work creates a financial burden for the entire family.
Negligent drivers often deny doing anything wrong and may even try to blame you for what happened. Insurance companies tend to think that motorcyclists are irresponsible, so they’ll look for any excuse to pay you as little as possible. They have lawyers who will try to find ways to minimize your claim.
Our firm believes that negligent parties need to be held accountable. Our legal team gets the facts by gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses. If needed, we talk to experts. We fight back against insurance company tactics to pay you less and build a strong case that they must take seriously. We don’t back down until you get results.
What causes motorcycle accidents?
Too many drivers think of motorcycles as a nuisance that they must put up with, rather than another vehicle on the road. As a result, they may drive recklessly around them. They may have been speeding or failed to yield. Some drivers fail to take proper precautions when making a turn at an intersection.
In some cases, a driver may not have seen a motorcycle because they were texting. Or they had been drinking and their reaction time was slowed. But there is no excuse for a driver’s negligence when there’s a motorcycle crash. They have a responsibility to always drive safely and responsibly.
Can I sue for damages after a motorcycle accident?
Insurance companies like to point out that riding a motorcycle presents dangers due to the exposed nature of the vehicle, and the fact that it has two wheels and is less stable than a car. The fact is that motorcyclists still have as much right to the road as those who drive cars. Under Tennessee law, the victims of motorcycle accidents have rights to assert.
Most motorcycle collision cases must be brought within one year from the date of the accident. Tennessee law applies this statute of limitations to all personal injury claims brought in the state. Typically, courts will not hear lawsuits filed after the one-year period, so it is essential to seek legal guidance without delay.
How do I prove a driver was negligent?
Motorcyclists may be able to seek compensation for injuries caused by a careless or reckless driver. In bringing a negligence claim, the motorcyclist would try to show that the defendant driver had a duty to others on the road, breached that duty, and caused an accident that resulted in quantifiable damages.
Our legal team can investigate what happened. The duty may have been breached by failing to act with reasonable care, such as by speeding through an intersection or failing to stop at a stop sign. Conduct such as this supports a finding of negligence on the part of the driver if it directly leads to a crash in which someone else is hurt.
What types of damages can I recover after a motorcycle accident?
The types of damages available to a plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit following a motorcycle accident usually include both economic and noneconomic damages. Examples of economic damages include hospital and medical bills, both current and future. Other examples include lost wages and damage to the motorcycle.
Non-economic damages refer to losses such as pain and suffering, disfigurement, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium. These can be more difficult to prove. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer who can determine the total damages you have suffered.
What if the insurance company blames me for the accident?
In certain cases, the defendant driver may claim the motorcyclist was at fault. Tennessee applies a modified comparative fault rule. A victim cannot recover compensation if he or she is shown to be at greater fault than the driver in causing the crash. Otherwise, the victim can recover damages that are proportionate to the degree to which the defendant was responsible for the accident.
That’s exactly why insurance companies will try to put as much of the blame as possible on you. It’s why you need a lawyer who knows how to fight back against their tactics. One who knows where to look for evidence that proves the other driver was at fault.
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident in the Nashville area, talk to us. It’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible to protect your rights. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We can review the details of your accident, go over your legal options and answer your questions so you can decide what to do next.