Riding your motorcycle in Mississippi or Tennessee can be truly breathtaking: beautiful scenery, fascinating wildlife, and the open road await you around every turn. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents do occur, and with the little protection bikes provide, can cause you serious bodily harm
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident in the Northern Mississippi or Memphis, Tennessee, areas, you may have a claim or be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, permanent injury or disfigurement, medical bills, lost wages, and property damage.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2009, there were more than 47 motorcycle fatalities in the state of Mississippi and 121 in Tennessee. Of those persons killed in motorcycle accidents, more than 40% were between the ages of 30 and 49 years old. Sadly, many of these killed left behind families dependent upon them for emotional and financial support.
Pursuant to both Mississippi and Tennessee law, drivers are expected to exercise caution when sharing the roadway with motorcyclists, as motorcyclists are more difficult to see and the consequences of a collision are much greater than a similar collision between two full-sized vehicles. The law requires that drivers use reasonable care in the operation of their cars to avoid such accidents. If an individual fails to exercise reasonable care and negligently operates a motor vehicle, causing an accident with injuries, the negligent party may be required to pay damages.
Damages can include payment for past and future medical bills, lost time from work, loss of consortium (this is a claim owned by the injured person’s spouse for the loss of the companionship of the injured person while they are injured), pain and suffering, and property damage (such as damage to the motorcycle). If the injured party dies, the deceased heirs at law would have the right to bring a claim for wrongful death to recover damages associated with the loss of their loved one.
The attorneys at The Stroud Law Firm have represented numerous clients that have either suffered injury on a motorcycle or lost loved ones in a motorcycle accident as a result of the negligence of another driver. We have worked hard to develop a strong reputation for helping our clients obtain the compensation–and the justice–they deserve, both through jury verdicts in a courtroom and settlements at the negotiation table.
Contact the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at The Stroud Law Firm today if you or a loved one suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver.