Motorcycle accidents occur every day, and Canton residents see more than their fair share of these types of crashes. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents can have devastating effects on both the rider and their families. Even with your helmet and other safety gear, there is simply far less protecting you from the road than there is for other types of motorists. This leads to severe and often life-altering injuries, as well as the tragic deaths of bikers who leave behind family, friends and other loved ones. If you or someone you care about have been involved in a motorcycle crash, you need legal help from an experienced Canton motorcycle accident lawyer.
Nothing is more vital than having an experienced lawyer on your side. Our attorneys have seen hundreds of motorcycle accident cases over 20+ years of experience serving the Canton community. We have built up a track record of winning cases—always for the victim, never working on behalf of the insurance companies. Let us give you a FREE consultation. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.
How much money can I recover for my motorcycle accident case?
It depends. Damages in any type of car accident case are designed to help you put your life back together after someone else caused your injuries. In a motorcycle accident, you might have the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future loss of earnings
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
In serious accidents, it will take you some time to recover. That means that you may be out of work while you are in the hospital or you are at home healing. Even just a couple of weeks out of work can be very hard on a family. In some situations, an employer may not be able to hold your job open for you, which may mean that you need to get a new job. In severe accidents, you may not be capable of going back to the line of work that you were in before the crash.
All of these factors and more are considered when determining how much a case is “worth.” Every claim is different. The best way to figure out what kind of money you could receive is to set up a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
What are the most common types of motorcycle accident injuries?
Although every case is different, motorcyclists often end up getting the same types of injuries in motorcycle accidents. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Broken bones, especially in the legs, ankles, wrists, and arms
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Muscle strain, sprain, and other damage
- Road rash
- Nerve pain and damage
- Soft tissue bruising and cuts
Wounds from a crash can be very serious and life-threatening. It’s always a good idea to get medical attention right away after a motorcycle accident.
What should I do if an insurance company offers me a settlement?
In most cases that involve a car and a motorcycle collision, the car driver is often at fault. If the insurance company sees that their insured was clearly the cause of the accident, they may immediately reach out to you to talk about settlement. They often do this right away because you don’t have time to hire a lawyer or really even understand how severe your injuries may be. They want to settle with you before you realize that you may be out of work for a month, for example.
When an insurance company offers you a settlement, ask them to put it in writing and send it to you. You can then meet with an attorney and let them know about the offer. Your lawyer will be able to tell you if the offer is reasonable based on the unique facts of your case—chances are it won’t be anywhere close to what your claim is really worth. It’s rarely a good idea to accept the first settlement offer that an insurance company provides.
What steps should I take if I was involved in a motorcycle accident?
You should treat motorcycle accidents just like you would a severe car accident. That means that you should take the following steps after a crash:
- Get medical attention. Keep in mind that motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries. Even if you feel like you are okay, talk with a doctor to be sure.
- Collect vital information from the other driver. Be sure that you get the driver’s contact information and insurance information after the crash.
- Call the police. Whenever you are in an accident, it’s always a good idea to involve the police so that they can make a report of how the accident happened, talk to witnesses, and get other vital information from the driver.
- Gather information and evidence. If there were any witnesses, get their contact information and talk to them about what they saw or heard. Take photos of where the accident happened and the surrounding area.
- Get a lawyer. An insurance company may contact you right away after the crash, so it’s important that you have an attorney as soon as possible after the incident.
Keep in mind that you should not give a statement to the insurance company if they ask. Talk to a lawyer first. Your attorney can be present when you talk to the insurance company and can help you avoid some of the common traps that insurance companies like to set in making statements. An insurance adjuster may be friendly, but they are not your friend. Don’t put your case in jeopardy right away by saying something you didn’t really mean.
Talk to a Canton Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Free
Don’t sell yourself short. You will need every penny of settlement money that you can get from the at-fault party to help you get your life back to normal after a motorcycle crash. We can help. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.