The time following a serious and traumatic motorcycle accident can be very overwhelming. There are many decisions to be made concerning medical care, bills and diminished income as a result of time off work.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Knox County, it is vital that you act quickly to preserve any evidence and to safeguard the integrity of your legal claim. At The Sexton Law Firm, in Knoxville, our experienced motor vehicle accident team is fully prepared to represent you to the fullest extent of the law if you have been injured in a serious motorcycle accident.

Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle accidents and subsequent deaths have been on the rise since 1998. Of all deaths associated with motorcycle accidents, 40 percent are the result of automobiles or trucks turning left in front of motorcycles. Many factors are involved in motorcycle accidents, but distracted driving is increasingly being blamed for the growing number of serious injuries and deaths.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You should also do the following after an accident, when possible:

  • Call the police.
  • Get the driver's license number and contact information, and the insurance information of the other driver(s) involved.
  • Get the contact information of any available witnesses.
  • Take pictures of the scene of the accident, specifically any skid marks, debris, traffic signs and road conditions.
  • Either visit the emergency room or make an appointment with your doctor for a thorough physical examination.
  • Call your insurance company (but don't give them a statement until you talk to an attorney).
  • Do not miss any scheduled medical appointments.
  • Take pictures of the damage to your motorcycle before you have any repairs done.
  • Keep a tally of the number of days you miss work as a result of the accident.
  • Keep careful records of any expenses, medical or otherwise, related to the accident.

Motorcycle Accidents Are Largely Caused By Negligence

The negligence of other drivers contributes substantially to many motorcycle accidents in Tennessee. "Negligence" refers to a driver's failure to employ rational and responsible care in a specific situation, therefore resulting in an accident.

Examples of negligence related to motorcycle accidents include:

  • Driving too fast or too slow for road, weather or traffic conditions
  • Intoxicated driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Ignoring the rules of and signs on the road

There is a statute of limitations in Tennessee for when legal action can be taken in court for certain offenses. When it comes to personal injury lawsuits such as motorcycle accident lawsuits, the statute of limitations is typically one year from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. Therefore, to not miss the opportunity to file a claim, it is important to speak with a capable personal injury lawyer.

At The Sexton Law Firm, we have the experience you need, as well as a reputation you can trust. We are prepared to assist you with all of the required legal paperwork to ensure that your lawsuit is filed before the statute of limitations deadline. Call us today at 865-297-5242 or fill out the quick contact form to find out how we can help you.