Motorcycle Accident

Spring Safety Tips for Motorcyclists

by Staff Blogger | March 16th, 2020

Spring weather is officially here. While there will undoubtedly be some cold snaps over the next few weeks, truly frigid weather during the daytime shouldn’t be a regular occurrence for another seven or eight months. For all of you motorcyclists, that mean it’s time to bring your bikes out of storage and hit the open roads throughout Middle Tennessee.

But before you ride, it’s important to remember the risks you face. According to the National Safety Council, motorcycles constitute only 3% of all registered vehicles in the U.S., but they account for 14% of all fatal traffic accidents. Crashing on a motorcycle under any circumstances is potentially life-threatening, as motorcycles have no built-in safety features to protect riders.

Do your part to reduce your risks by following these tips:

  • Wear all the gear, all the time—Gearing up isn’t much of a hassle in the early spring, as it can keep you warm. But as temperatures rise, some riders are tempted to ditch their gear. Doing so can be a fatal mistake. Always wear a helmet and riding boots, jacket, pants, and gloves.
  • Stay alert for road hazards—Outside of other drivers, motorcyclists’ biggest risk is road hazards. These can be plentiful during spring, and they include wet leaves, potholes, loose gravel, fallen tree limbs, oil spills, ice, and more. Reducing your speed can help you spot hazards and react to them in plenty of time.

The Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys at Ponce Law are here to help anyone who is hurt on their motorcycle this spring because of someone else’s negligence. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Motorcycle Accident Injuries Are Serious. We Want to Help You Get Compensation.

by Staff Blogger | October 3rd, 2018

There are many perks to riding a motorcycle for pleasure or to get around town. They’re fuel efficient, agile, and fun to ride. But there’s a significant downside to motorcycles that all riders are aware of: they have a very poor safety track record.

As a motorcyclist, you’re responsible for protecting yourself from injuries. That means riding defensively and wearing all the gear, all the time. But no matter how cautious you are, there’s still a chance you’ll encounter a negligent driver who can put your health and even your life at risk.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys know how serious motorcycle crash injuries can be—even for riders who are properly equipped. Riders who are hurt in accidents often suffer injuries that put them out of work for long periods of time, which can make it difficult to stay on top of living expenses, let alone big medical bills.

When you choose us to help you after a motorcycle crash, you’ll get a law firm that understands what you’re going through and knows how to help you get compensation. In addition to proving you weren’t at fault, we’ll also calculate how much money you’re owed for your accident-related expenses.

And while you’re focusing on getting better, you can count on us to handle all communication with the insurance company and all paperwork related to your claim. You shouldn’t have to worry about the small details while you’re recovering. Leave that to us. Call today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help you and your loved ones.

Don’t Let the Insurance Company Bully You After a Motorcycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | July 2nd, 2018

Motorcycle accidents are painful and disabling, and many victims may be unable to return to work for long periods of time.

To make matters worse, it’s common for insurance companies to reduce or even deny claims from injured motorcyclists. That’s because insurers and their teams of adjusters often believe that motorcyclists are to blame for their own accidents due to negative stereotypes of motorcyclists speeding and riding recklessly.

The Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers at Ponce Law believe that motorcyclists deserve experienced legal representation to help level the playing field. It’s hard enough to get compensation on your own, but it can seem impossible when the deck is already stacked against you due to harmful biases and stereotypes.

Don’t leave your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve up to chance. Call today and let us protect your rights in the following ways:

  • We’ll make sure the insurance company knows who was at fault—By collecting evidence, speaking with witnesses, and even utilizing accident reconstruction experts, we can create a compelling case that will force the insurance company to admit you weren’t at fault.
  • We’ll protect you from the insurance company’s tactics—Insurance companies make big profits by reducing or denying claims, and they get away with that by using a variety of tricks. If we take over your claim, we’ll stay one step ahead of their tactics until you get the compensation you deserve.

Your motorcycle accident was serious. You deserve serious representation. Call today for a free consultation.

Drivers Are Responsible for Watching Out for Motorcyclists

by Staff Blogger | May 16th, 2018

Although motorcycles make up only around three percent of registered vehicles in the U.S., drivers are responsible for being on the lookout for them no matter where they are.

Rural roads, congested interstates, and busy city intersections are all places where motorcycles can be encountered, and motorcyclists face serious risks in all three locations when drivers don’t give them the respect and courtesy they deserve.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers have helped many innocent riders who were injured because of negligent drivers. If you were hurt because of any of the following driver errors, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation:

  • Vehicle turning left into your path of travel—One of the biggest risks motorcyclists face is left-turning drivers. Drivers are accustomed to looking out for other vehicles, but they don’t always take the time to watch for people traveling on two wheels. When they turn in front of motorcyclists, the consequences can be devastating for riders.
  • Vehicle drifting into your lane—Although motorcycles are much smaller than most passenger vehicles, they still deserve the same respect and space on the road as all cars, trucks, and SUVs. However, not all drivers give motorcyclists those courtesies, and they may negligently drift into their lanes, causing serious accidents.
  • Vehicle suddenly pulling in front of you—Drivers may have difficulty judging an approaching motorcycle’s speed at a two-way stop or may fail to notice an approaching motorcycle when exiting an alley or hidden drive.
  • Vehicle ahead stopping suddenly or vehicle behind not stopping in time—Rear end collisions have a reputation for being less likely to cause serious injury, but this doesn’t apply to motorcycles. Whether a rider is struck from behind or collides with a car, there is a high risk they will be thrown from their motorcycle by the impact.

No matter what caused your motorcycle accident, it’s important that you speak with an experienced law firm. There are many ways that driver negligence can contribute to motorcycle crashes, and it’s our goal to help all victims get the compensation they deserve.

Call us today for a free consultation.

Common Injuries Associated with Motorcycle Accidents

by Staff Blogger | March 7th, 2018

Riding a motorcycle is a unique experience. Not only are you on two wheels, but you’re also completely exposed to the open air as you cruise down Tennessee’s highways and interstates. Being exposed can create a tremendous sense of freedom and independence while you ride, but it’s also the reason why motorcycles are statistically more dangerous than passenger vehicles, especially when they’re involved in accidents.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys know that most riders are safety-conscious people who follow traffic laws and wear full safety gear, including helmets, riding jackets and pants, gloves, and boots. But even the most well-prepared and cautious riders can still be severely injured during accidents when other drivers are negligent or don’t pay attention to their surroundings.

Two of the most common and most devastating injuries that can occur during motorcycle accidents include:

  • Brain injuries – Tennessee law requires that all riders wear helmets when they venture out on public roadways. Riders who wear helmets are less likely to suffer fatal injuries during accidents, but they may still suffer traumatic brain injuries, as even the best helmets can only offer so much protection for the skull and brain during a crash.
  • Leg and feet injuries – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that around 30 percent of non-fatal motorcycle injuries involved victims’ legs and feet. Road rash, broken bones, and even amputations are all possible outcomes during motorcycle accidents, even when victims are wearing protective pants and boots.

Motorcycle accidents can lead to disability and prolonged recovery periods that involve hospital stays, surgeries, and physical rehabilitation. Don’t pay out of pocket for an accident that wasn’t your fault. Call us today for a free consultation.

How Does Motorcycle Gear Protect Riders?

by Staff Blogger | November 15th, 2017

Drivers and passengers in cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs are always at risk of suffering injuries during accidents, but modern safety features have made them significantly safer than they were in previous decades. In addition to things like crash detection systems, lane assist warning systems, and automatic emergency braking, seat belts and air bags provide even more protection to passengers.

Motorcycles, on the other hand, have no built-in safety features. That means riders are responsible for their own safety. Thankfully, riders can significantly reduce their risks of severe injuries during accidents by wearing the right gear, but they must wear it on every trip, no matter how short or familiar it is.

The individual pieces of essential riding gear motorcyclists should always wear include:

  • Industry-approved helmet: Helmets are crucial, as they protect the head and significantly reduce the risk of brain injuries.
  • Riding jacket and pants: Road rash is a serious threat for riders during accidents, and thick jackets and pants can help protect riders’ skin if they’re thrown from their bikes.
  • Gloves and boots: Hands and feet are often the first two body parts to hit the ground during accidents. Thick gloves protect the hands and fingers, while boots protect the feet, ankles, and shins during crashes.

The Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys at Ponce Law have helped many injured riders throughout the mid-state area, and we know that the ones with the best prognosis after accidents are the ones who wear the proper safety gear.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a negligent driver, we want to help. Call us today for a free consultation.

2 Common Motorcycle Accident Causes

by Staff Blogger | September 13th, 2017

Getting around town on two wheels is a great way to save gas and reduce your environmental impact, but it’s also much riskier from an accident and injury standpoint than driving a car, truck, or SUV. In addition to always wearing proper safety gear when riding your motorcycle, you can help protect yourself by simply being aware of the common causes of motorcycle accidents.

At Ponce Law, we’ve assisted many motorcycle accident victims and learned their unique stories. While no two motorcycle accidents are the same, many share common causes that include:

  • Left-turning vehicles – Around 42 percent of all motorcycle accidents involving passenger vehicles occur when drivers make left turns in the path of motorcyclists. Drivers sometimes fail to watch for motorcyclists before they turn left, putting motorcyclists at risk of T-bone crashes that can result in devastating and life-threatening injuries.
  • Dangerous road conditions – Potholes, loose pavement, and small branches in the road may just be minor annoyances for those driving cars, trucks, and SUVs. But for motorcyclists, they can represent potentially deadly hazards. Because even small imperfections in the road are so dangerous for motorcyclists, it’s important for other drivers to always give them plenty of room and never crowd their lanes.

There are many other causes of motorcycle accidents, including lane splitting, speeding, driving under the influence, and even drivers and passengers opening their doors without looking.

Regardless of what caused your motorcycle accident, if it was due to someone else’s negligence, we want to speak with you. Get in touch with our Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers. Fill out a free consultation form today.

Riding a Motorcycle This Summer? Follow These Important Safety Tips.

by Staff Blogger | August 7th, 2017

Summer temperatures have been pleasant for most of the season in Nashville, making it an ideal time to enjoy the roads throughout the city on your motorcycle. But even the most well-protected motorcyclists still face dangers when they ride, especially when other vehicles are nearby.

In addition to being well-acquainted with your bike and its characteristics like handling, braking, and acceleration, it’s also important to drive as defensively as possible around other vehicles. Drivers aren’t always looking for motorcyclists, and that can result in serious accidents.

To better protect yourself on Nashville’s roadways, always follow these important motorcycle safety guidelines:

  • Wear full riding gear When motorcycles collide with other vehicles, or when motorcyclists are thrown from their bikes, their only protection is their riding gear. Wearing a helmet, riding jacket, riding pants, boots, and gloves can save your live and reduce the severity of your injuries.
  • Be cautious at intersections and when drivers are waiting to turn left – Many serious and fatal motorcycle accidents occur because drivers don’t see them when they’re turning left. Keep that fact in mind every time you approach an intersection or an area where oncoming traffic turns left, and be prepared to stop or slow down if a vehicle turns in front of you.

Ponce Law’s team of Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys knows that motorcyclists often face long roads to recovery after they’ve been involved in accidents with passenger vehicles. We’re here to help you maximize your chances of getting compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.

Call us today for a free consultation with our legal team.

The Legal Resource for Nashville Motorcylists

by Staff Blogger | June 2nd, 2017

The summer is finally here, which means you’re bound to see more and more motorcycles out on the road. From the Natchez Trace to back country roads, the Nashville area is a great place to ride. Unfortunately, it can also be a dangerous place to ride. Nashville drivers aren’t known for their safety around motorcyclists. The number of motorcycle accident cases we’ve handled in the last few years is testament to that. Thankfully, there is a legal resource for accident victims that could be the difference between fully recovering or not.

At Ponce Law, we know how to help motorcycle accident victims get the compensation they deserve. When we get a new motorcycle accident case, we fully investigate the cause of the crash to ensure that the blame is placed where it should. Far too often, motorcyclists are blamed for accidents that weren’t their fault, and if you’ve been injured, it could happen to you as well.

Call our experienced Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’re ready to hear your story and work to uncover the truth about your accident. Then we’ll go after maximum compensation so you and your family can begin putting this accident behind you. Don’t let someone else’s carelessness lead to a financial crisis in your life. Contact us today.

Proving Fault in a Motorcycle Accident Case

by Staff Blogger | March 8th, 2017

February has been a wild weather month in Nashville. Temperatures have ranged from the 30s to the 80s, making it one of the oddest winter seasons that we can remember. Not that we’re complaining. We think everyone can appreciate a warm, sunny winter day, when short sleeves are in order and the outdoors is the place to be. For motorcycle enthusiasts, a temporary respite from the cold is a perfect excuse to get out and ride. Unfortunately, it only takes one act of carelessness for an afternoon ride to turn tragic.

Keeping motorcyclists safe is a shared responsibility between riders and drivers alike. Riders need to ride safely and cautiously, no matter the circumstances. And drivers need to be aware of others on the road, especially motorcycle riders. When a driver fails to live up to that responsibility, the results can be fatal. If the victim survives the accident, it can be difficult to prove fault on their own. That’s why it’s important to consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney following your crash.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys have the experience necessary to fully investigate your accident. We’ll work to reveal who was at fault and hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence. We’ll fight for full compensation, including medical expenses, lost wages, and more. If you’ve been the victim of a motorcycle accident, call us today for a free consultation.