Summer means more bikes on the road and lots of vacation traffic, which lends to more accidents. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to motorcycle accidents.
- Do I have to wear a helmet in Tennessee? Yes, helmet usage is mandated by state law. According to the law, all drivers and passengers of any motor-driven cycle are required to wear helmets that meet the standards outlined in TCA 55-9-302.
- What should I do if I have an accident on my motorcycle? The answer is the same as with any motor vehicle accident. Get medical help. If someone is injured, call 911. Notify the police. Get contact and insurance information from all parties involved. Take photos of the scene. Do not discuss fault. If another driver admits fault, make note of it. Contact your insurance provider. Contact The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto. For more details, check out our blog post on the topic.
- Can I still recover damages, even if I wasn’t wearing a helmet? By itself, failure to wear a helmet probably won’t keep you from recovering damages in an accident where someone else was at fault. However, if not wearing a helmet contributed to your injuries, it will probably affect the amount you can recover. This is a complicated issue that is likely to vary case by case. It’s best to consult an experienced attorney about the details of your particular case.
- What does “comparative fault” mean? Comparative fault is the term used to assign blame when more than one party contributed to the accident. Basically, it means that the amount of damages you can recover from your accident will be determined by your own level of fault in the accident. The good news is that, even if you were partly to blame, you may still recover damages if another driver was deemed to be more at fault. For more details, check out our blog post on the topic.
- If I have a motorcycle accident, how can an attorney help me? Insurance companies make profit from paying out as little as possible on accident claims, and they will often try to settle with you quickly for less than you deserve. An experienced attorney understands the law, can help you gather evidence, will help you properly calculate your damages, and, if necessary, can represent you in court. You will benefit greatly from having an experienced attorney looking out for your best interest.
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