Tennessee Bicycle Accident Lawyers

If while riding a bicycle you were injured, or a family member was injured or killed, due to the fault (or negligence) of a motorist or other party, you can bring a lawsuit against the negligent party to recover damages.

We know that the effects of bicycle accidents can be dramatic and long-lasting. Likewise, our Tennessee personal injury lawyers are willing to do what it takes to ensure that you are compensated for injuries you sustained as a result of someone else's negligence. In the event that litigation becomes necessary to enforce your rights under the law, our lawyers have had great success in proving liability by effectively utilizing witnesses, evidence, and extensive knowledge of the laws that govern civil trials.

To speak with one of our bicycle accident lawyers based in Knoxville and Sevierville, contact Baker Associates today.

Rights of Bicyclists

Did you know that pursuant to T.C.A. 55-8-172, every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway is granted all of the same rights as a motorist? What this means is that a Tennessee motorist who wrongfully collides into a bicycle is liable in the same way as if the motorist collided into another motorist. Thus, if the operator of a motor vehicle violates any of Tennessee's Rules of the Road (pertaining to such actions as following too closely or excessive speeding), then the operator will be liable for any foreseeable consequences of the violation.

For example, if a motorist is following a bicyclist too closely and the bicyclist for whatever reason comes to a complete stop and the motorist collides into the bicyclist, that motorist is liable for any injuries the bicyclist sustains.

Further, under the Jeff Roth and Brian Brown Bicycle Protection Act of 2007, when passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on the roadway, a motorist must maintain a distance greater than three feet from a bicyclist and must maintain that distance until safely past the overtaken bicycle. Failure to do so is a misdemeanor. If the failure results in injury to the bicyclist, the motorist is also responsible for any injuries sustained.

Who Else Besides Motorists Can I Recover from for My Injuries?

What Are My Rights and Responsibilities As a Bicycle Rider?

Because a bicyclist is subject to the same rights as a motorist, he or she also shares the same duties, including the duty to keep a lookout for potential hazards. Consequently, if a bicyclist is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle and the defendant proves that the bicyclist violated a duty recognized by law, then the bicyclist's recovery will be reduced according to the bicyclist's measure of fault (as determined by a jury).

There are also special rules that apply to bicyclists that if violated could reduce any potential damage award. Some of these rules are:

Conclusion

If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision, it is crucial that you immediately contact our experienced and successful attorneys at Baker Associates.

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800 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

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Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

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Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

Sevierville Bicycle Crash Attorney Disclaimer: The bicycle injury, motor bike collision, or other legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case. Please contact a lawyer at our law firm. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State of Tennessee.


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