Bike Crashes in Tennessee

As more people choose cycling as a form of recreation, exercise, and transportation in the Nashville area, the injury and fatality rates for bicyclists, unfortunately, rise as well. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 2018 saw 377 crashes between vehicles and bicyclists across the state, including eight fatalities and 344 serious injuries. There were 60 injury crashes in Davidson County alone that year. What can you do when you are the innocent victim of a careless driver? The first thing you should do is hire an experienced bicycle accident attorney.

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Bicycle accidents are not like other traffic crashes and not every personal injury law firm will take a bicycle accident case. At Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers, however, we fight for victims who were injured by the negligence or carelessness of others, no matter how the injury occurred. When investigating a bicycle crash, we understand that motorists cause these accidents in a variety of ways, including the following:

Failing To Provide Adequate Space 

Motorists are required to give bicyclists room, whether there is a dedicated bike lane or not. When drivers fail to see bikes sharing their lane or refuse to move over when approaching a bike, and the cyclist is hit, the driver is at fault and should be held responsible.


Speeding drivers are not only less likely to see a cyclist on the side of the road or crossing an intersection, but they are also much less likely to be able to stop or maneuver out of the way in time to avoid hitting the bike.

Driving While Distracted 

Texting, changing the radio station, setting a GPS unit, eating, and tending to children in the back seat are some common forms of distracted driving that can lead to a collision with a bicyclist.

Driving While Impaired 

Just as distracted drivers fail to see bikes on the road, drunk and drugged drivers are often unaware of their surroundings and unable to react in time even when they do see a bicyclist. Impaired drivers are criminally negligent and may also be responsible for paying punitive damages to the victim.

Failing To Yield At Intersections 

Bicyclists must follow the same traffic laws at intersections as motor vehicles and should be treated like a vehicle by other drivers. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and cyclists are often hit in intersections by negligent drivers.

Opening A Car Door Without Looking For Cyclists 

Often referred to as a “dooring” accident, this is a common way for cyclists to sustain injuries in urban areas. When a car is parked on the street, the driver and passengers should look behind them for cyclists before opening their door. When they fail to do this, they could open the door into the path of a biker, causing a catastrophic collision.You Don't Pay Unless We Win

Cyclists suffer serious injuries in these kinds of accidents, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, multiple fractures, road rash, and lacerations, even when they are wearing the proper protective gear, such as helmets. Depending on the size and speed of the vehicle, cyclists can also be killed when they are hit by a car.

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If you have been injured in a car accident in Tennessee, you need to speak with an experienced bike accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call us directly at 615-220-4180 to schedule your free consultation.  If you're not ready to talk, but still want to learn more about your rights, allow us to email you a complimentary copy of 5 Tricks Insurance Companies Play on Unrepresented Injury Victims.tony kestner joe weir

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