Maryville Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Helping injured people in Lenoir City and Maryville and throughout the surrounding counties
Higher gas prices make motorcycles an affordable transportation alternative for many people and riders simply enjoy the fresh air as they travel from place to place. Motorcyclists, however, do not benefit from the protection afforded by closed passenger vehicles. When accidents happen, they often suffer severe injuries or fatalities.
A 2009 report by the Tennessee Department of Safety states that 3,257 motorcycle crashes occurred within the state in 2008. Of that total, 2,530 crashes resulted in injuries, and another 143 caused fatalities. Since popular misconceptions about bikers create challenges when injury victims try to obtain the compensation they deserve, they need to seek legal support from highly experienced motorcycle accident attorneys. I, Maryville motorcycle accident lawyer Kevin W. Shepherd, am dedicated to helping injury victims pursue their rights in these often-tragic cases.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents
As with any type of motor vehicle accident, either driver or both drivers can be liable for a motorcycle accident, but public opinion tends to assume motorcyclists are at fault for most accidents. During more than two decades as a motorcycle accident lawyer in Maryville, I have seen many cases where other motorists were liable, for the following reasons:
- Visibility: Motorists may not see a motorcycle on the road. Many drivers look for other larger vehicles, while failing to observe motorcycles even if they are in plain view.
- Presumption of right-of-way: Some drivers fail to yield right-of-way to motorcyclists.
- Short following distances: Motorcycles can stop more quickly than larger vehicles. Yet many motorists do not account for this when choosing the gap they leave between their vehicles and the motorcycles in front of them.
- Roadway obstructions: Potholes or bumps on the road can appear in an instant. While a car can survive an encounter with a roadway obstruction, motorcyclists can lose control, resulting in a single-vehicle accident or throwing riders into traffic and involving other vehicles.
How our Maryville motorcycle accident lawyer protects your rights
One of my most challenging tasks as a motorcycle accident lawyer pursuing compensation for motorcyclists involves refuting the misconceptions that can cause insurance companies, opposing attorneys and juries to deny the validity of motorcycle accident claims. I use courtroom standards to prepare every case by retaining experienced motorcycle accident investigators to examine the accident scene, the damaged vehicles, and all information and photos you provide. Investigator reports, combined with information offered by medical experts, can provide convincing proof of liability and fully document the past, current and future anticipated costs for your claim.
Contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney for a free consultation
The severe injuries and popular misconceptions unique to motorcycle accidents require injured motorcyclists to seek the support of a lawyer with focused experience and a network of investigative and medical resources. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, I have the experience you need to help protect your rights. For more information, or to schedule a consultation with Shepherd and Associates, P.C., call 865-982-8060 or fill out the contact form on this website.
I handle motorcycle accident claims on a contingency fee basis. You pay no attorney fees until I successfully obtain compensation for you.