Motorcycle Accidents Increase In Spring
With winter weather finally abating, the spring brings warmer temperatures and more of an opportunity for motorcycles to get back on the roads in Tennessee. However, according to the AAA, springtime also brings with it an increase in motorcycle accidents and injuries. At Mitch Grissim & Associates, we recognize that motorcyclists have just as much right to the road as others, yet far too often they are involved in accidents with negligent drivers of larger vehicles. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in the Nashville area, call or contact our office today to schedule a free evaluation of your injury claims.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the AAA, over the last five years motorcycle accidents and fatalities have increased, and in some neighboring states like Ohio they reached an all-time high in 2020. In that time period, hundreds of motorcyclists died, and thousands were injured, in accidents because of a lack of awareness by other drivers on the road. Davidson County in Tennessee routinely has one of the highest rates of motorcycle accidents, injuries, and fatalities statewide every year. The number of motorcycle accidents in Tennessee usually peaks in July or August annually, but the increase in the number of accidents begins in the springtime every year.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
There are a number of reasons cited why motorcycle accidents increase in the spring. First and foremost, more motorcycles are out on the road when the weather turns nicer, increasing the opportunities for an accident with a larger vehicle. Drivers in cars and trucks are not used to looking out for motorcycles in the winter, and that failure to check for motorcycles near them on the road in the spring can lead to a crash. Other factors that lead to motorcycle accidents include speeding, distracted driving, following too close to a motorcycle, and drivers of larger vehicles operating a car or truck while under the influence.
Compensation for Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists and their passengers injured in accidents caused by larger vehicles on the road deserve to be compensated for their injuries that are often far more severe than those incurred by drivers in larger, more protected vehicles. Compensation includes all economic and noneconomic damages suffered by the victim, which can include all medical bills, lost wages, property damage, loss of future income and benefits, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and the loss of enjoyment of life.
In the worst accidents, where a motorcyclist dies from their injuries, the family of the victim can also seek damages for wrongful death. This includes compensation for all final medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, any pain and suffering inflicted on the victim, and for the loss of love, support, guidance, and counsel of the deceased.
Talk to Our Office
If you would like to learn more about your legal options after a motorcycle accident, call or contact the Nashville personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates today to schedule a free consultation of your claims.