If you were in a motorcycle accident another driver caused, you may have suffered debilitating injuries or your loved one may have died as a result of the crash. The Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, can help you and your family get through the hard times by pursuing maximum compensation for your damages.
Call us now at 865-546-1111 to start the process. We can help you get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, funeral costs, and other accident-related expenses. We have earned a reputation of getting the best possible outcome for personal injury claims. Schedule an appointment today for a free claim evaluation with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Farragut.
What If I Suffered Severe Injuries in the Crash?
We begin by speaking with you about your motorcycle accident and the type of injuries you suffered. If you have severe injuries and did not cause the accident, insurance companies will more than likely settle your claim as soon as possible. We have a goal of holding the at-fault party responsible for the accident and getting the financial recovery you need for your past, present, and future expenses.
How Much Money Can I Recover?
Your compensation depends on a number of factors. Your injuries are among the most important. Motorcycle accident injuries can result in a need for frequent doctor visits, rehabilitation, physical therapy, assistive devices, and other medical equipment. Some of the most serious injuries bikers suffer include:
- Abdominal injuries;
- Chest injuries;
- Head and neck injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Permanent disfigurement; and
- Traumatic brain injuries.
We include injuries, vehicle repair or replacement, and other specific costs when calculating your damages to submit with your injury claim.
Can I Recover Any Other Damages After a Motorcycle Accident?
A motorcycle accident also affects you physically and emotionally. Because of that, you can pursue non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, emotional stress, and mental anguish. Unlike economic damages, which are easily calculated, non-economic damages are intangible and more difficult to value. However, our attorneys will use an appropriate calculation, such as multiplier or per diem method, to identify a fair value for your non-economic damages.
How Do I File an Insurance Claim?
Our firm handles your insurance claim from start to finish so you can spend your time recovering from your injuries. To help you build a strong case, we gather documentation about your crash, including the police report of the accident, your medical reports, photographs of the accident scene, and eyewitness statements about the crash. We may have a qualified medical professional testify to how your injuries will affect your life in the future.
Once we have the documentation secured, we submit the claim to the at-fault party’s insurance company and begin our negotiations. Tennessee is a “fault” state, which means the driver who caused the accident is liable for the damages other parties suffer. After we establish who was at fault for your crash, we work hard to get a fair settlement that will take care of your present and future needs.
What If My Loved One Died in the Crash?
Motorcycle deaths have increased in recent years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2015, 4,976 motorcyclists died—an 8-percent increase from the 4,594 deaths recorded in 2014. If your loved one died in a motorcycle crash, we can help you file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party.
A wrongful death claim can cover medical expenses for treatment of your loved one’s injuries, funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and other losses. We will work to get you the maximum compensation possible for your personal losses stemming from the motorcycle accident.
What If I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?
Insurers look for any reason to reduce, delay, or deny your claim. An insurance adjuster will scrutinize the facts of your accident to determine if your actions contributed to the crash. If you were not wearing a helmet at the time of your accident, expect the insurance adjuster to claim you were partially at fault for your injuries.
Tennessee’s helmet law requires motorcycle riders and passengers to wear a helmet while riding on the bike. The helmet must comply with federal safety regulations and standards for helmets. Failing to comply with this law is a Class C misdemeanor.
If you were not wearing a helmet and an insurance adjuster claims you contributed to your injuries, we can help. Contact our office today to go over the details of your claim.
What Happens If I Was Partially at Fault for the Accident?
You may still recover monetary compensation if you partially contributed to the accident, but you will receive reduced damages based on your percentage of fault. As your legal representatives, we will aggressively protect your right to collect damages regardless of whether you contributed to the accident.
Under Tennessee’s comparative fault law, claimants can receive compensation if they are 49 percent or less at fault for causing an accident. Claimants who were 50 percent or more at fault for causing an accident cannot collect damages.
How Long Do I Have to Take Action?
Tennessee’s statute of limitations gives you one year after the date of an accident to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit. It is important not to wait too long to file your claim, however. Collecting the evidence necessary to support a valid claim takes time.
The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin working on your behalf.
At the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, We Get Results.
If someone else’s negligence left you seriously injured or grieving the loss of a loved one, trust the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, to help you get the compensation you deserve. No amount of money can bring back a loved one or heal a catastrophic injury, but we work hard to get justice for you and your family. Call us now at 865-546-1111 for a free claim evaluation with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Farragut.