Rogersville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Trial Tested Attorney Aggressively Defending Injured Motorcyclists in Tennessee
The most serious motorcycle accidents often involve crashes between a motorcycle and a car or between a motorcycle and a truck. Motorcyclists do not have the benefits of the extra protections these larger vehicles have, such as seatbelts and a metal chassis.
Therefore, when bikers collide with a car or truck in a motorcycle accident crash, the results can easily change the victim’s life forever—even if they were wearing a helmet and proper motorcycle gear. At the Stapleton Law Office in Rogersville, we are proud to stand up for wrongfully injured bikers throughout Hawkins County and eastern Tennessee.
Our experienced and dedicated motorcycle accident attorney, Mark Stapleton, has over three decades of experience protecting the rights of injured motorcyclists both in negotiations and in court. Our firm will do whatever it takes to help you secure the fair and just compensation you need to cover your medical expenses and more.
What Are Tennessee's Motorcycle Accident Laws?
Is lane splitting legal in Tennessee? What are the requirements for wearing helmets in our state? Are there any strange laws I need to know about before I ride my motorcycle in this state? Tennessee has several laws and regulations that all motorcyclists should be aware of before they start riding. Knowing these laws will help keep you safer when you ride, and prevent any run-ins with law enforcement.
Tennessee has a helmet law that requires all motorcyclists to wear helmets while operating their bikes on our state’s roads. Sadly, helmets are often not enough to prevent serious brain injury and wrongful death in motorcycle accidents—though they often are the only thing that makes a difference between a minor head injury versus a major one.
Other state motorcycle laws to be aware of include:
- Daytime headlights are required when operating a motorcycle.
- Bikers must wear eye protection (although there are exceptions for motorcycles that are equipped with a windshield).
- Lane splitting (driving a motorcycle between lanes or rows of slower moving traffic) is illegal in Tennessee.
Unfortunately, despite the laws in place to keep both bikers and motorists safe, accidents between motorcycles and larger motor vehicles cause injuries and death statewide on a regular basis. To find out why, it can help to look at the most common cause of motorcycle injuries and fatalities—driver neglect.
What Are the Common Causes of Motorcycle Collisions?
Motorcyclists face unique dangers on the road. Motorcycles are included in the flow of vehicle traffic, yet they take up a fraction of the space of other vehicles. If a motorist doesn’t notice a nearby rider, a collision can be imminent. Catastrophic head and neck injuries, broken ankles and legs, and paralysis are just some of the results of car-motorcycle collisions.
Many motorcycle accidents in Tennessee and around the United States are caused by:
- Car or truck drivers colliding with a motorcycle that they “just didn’t see”
- Drivers not thinking about the impact of their actions when they suddenly swerve in front of a rider
- Drunk driving, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, speeding, and other types of driver negligence
Car and truck driver negligence is the most common cause of accidental injuries and deaths for motorcyclists. If you have been injured due to another motorist’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact us right away to learn about your legal rights and options.
A Civil Trial Specialist Firm for Biker Injuries
At the Stapleton Law Office, we use our over 35 years of experience to help motorcycle accident victims and their families secure full compensation.
Our founding and principal attorney, Mark Stapleton, is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. To achieve recognition as a specialist, Mark was subjected to exhaustive screening of his credentials and experience. He is held to a higher standard of professional conduct than lawyers who are not considered specialists.
Mark Stapleton is well-equipped to handle even the most complex motorcycle injury cases, including cases involving:
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- And more
Mark’s background in healthcare law gives him a solid perspective on the types of healthcare crash injury victims often need. When he takes your case, he begins with a thorough investigation of the accident scene. He interviews witnesses and often consults with highly regarded experts.
- Accident reconstructionist
- And health care experts
The goal is to paint a clear picture of how the accident happened so you can obtain the maximum compensation available.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer as Soon as Possible
If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle or other highway accident, it is critical that you talk with an attorney as soon as possible. As time passes, witnesses’ memories may fade, and important evidence may be washed away from the accident scene. Let our firm help you build your case while the evidence is fresh so you can receive the just compensation you need.