If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be facing very high medical bills. And you have questions. Who’s legally at fault? If the insurance company offers me money, should I take it? Or am I owed more? Our lawyers can help you answer these questions and decide what to do. Let us give you a FREE phone consultation. We will discuss your accident, tell you if you have a valid claim, and explain your options. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.
- How is a motorcycle accident different than other kinds of accidents?
- Who is “at fault” in a motorcycle accident in Atlanta?
- What injuries will a motorcycle accident claim pay for?
- How much money can I recover?
- Why do I need a lawyer if the insurance company already offered me money?
- Talk to an Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Free
How is a motorcycle accident different than other kinds of accidents?
In a passenger car, you’re protected by safety equipment including bumpers, seat belts and air bags. But on a motorcycle, it’s just you and the highway. Even if you’re wearing a helmet and protective clothing, you are still at risk for much more serious injuries than in an auto accident. Even a relatively minor motorcycle accident can throw you from your bike, or result in being dragged along the ground. In an accident involving a motorcycle and a car, the car’s occupants will often escape injury while the motorcyclist ends up in the emergency room.
Who is “at fault” in a motorcycle accident in Atlanta?
If you’re on a motorcycle, it’s easy to get blamed for the accident. But in most motorcycle accidents the motorcyclist isn’t at fault. Instead, the accident is caused by another motorist’s carelessness, or “negligence.” Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, and other drivers may claim that you “came out of nowhere” and they didn’t notice you. But legally, drivers have a duty to be careful and pay attention. Motorcycle accidents often happen for these reasons:
- A driver doesn’t see a motorcycle and cuts it off while turning left
- A driver hits a motorcycle while changing lanes
- A driver hits a motorcycle that is traveling between traffic lanes
- Uneven pavement and other preventable road hazards
Determining fault in a motorcycle accident can be complicated because other people, including police and other drivers, may think of motorcyclists as rebels and be quick to blame them for what happened. But fault should be determined by facts, and a good lawyer will put their own investigator on the case to reconstruct exactly what happened. This is how you build a case showing who was truly responsible, and get you the money you deserve.
What injuries will a motorcycle accident claim pay for?
Your injuries in a motorcycle accident will depend on how your accident happened and what type of protective gear you were wearing. Georgia law requires motorcyclists to wear helmets, and wearing a helmet is the single most important thing you can do to guard against serious head injuries. Protective clothing can reduce your risk of road rash. But even the best protective gear can’t prevent you from being hurt in a crash. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Road rash and other scrapes and cuts
Your accident claim should pay for these and any other injuries you suffer because of the accident. It is important to see a doctor as soon as possible after your accident, to increase your chance of a full recovery and to help you make a strong claim with the insurance company.
How much money can I recover?
No matter how minor or serious your injuries are, Georgia law says that the party at fault must pay ALL your costs and damages. The exact amount you can recover will depend on your situation. In a typical case, motorcycle victims can recover money for:
- Doctor, hospital and other medical bills
- Prescription drugs
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages, if you missed work time because of the accident
- The cost of repairing or replacing your bike
Some accident victims recover much more. If your injuries were serious or you lost a loved one, you might be eligible for damages for severe pain, a long-term disability, or wrongful death. This money can be the only thing that keeps you afloat financially while you rebuild your life, though we know it can never turn back the clock or restore the life you had before the accident.
Why do I need a lawyer if the insurance company already offered me money?
Motorcycle accidents cause more serious injuries than other types of accidents, but that’s not the only way they are different from ordinary car accidents. Insurance companies tend to view motorcyclists differently than other drivers. Motorcyclists have an image in popular culture as rebels, law breakers and reckless drivers. In reality, people on motorcycles are as careful as anyone else—if not more so—but that doesn’t stop insurance companies from using these old stereotypes to blame the motorcycle rider for an accident, or to offer less money than a claim is truly worth. Insurance companies want to make a profit, and they’ll use any excuse they can to resolve your claim at a bargain—even if it means you don’t get nearly enough to pay your doctor bills.
A car accident lawyer in Atlanta can evaluate the strength of your claim and the fairness of the insurance company offer. A lawyer can make sure you see doctors who are qualified to treat you and to predict exactly what your injuries will cost over the long term. A good lawyer will investigate your accident and build a strong case in your favor, and then use this to negotiate with the insurance company. Having a lawyer on your side levels the playing field and may mean you get substantially more money.
Talk to an Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Free
Our lawyers have been helping motorcycle accident victims for many years. We’d like to put our experience to work for you, and we won’t even charge you a fee unless we win money for you. Let us give you a FREE consultation to help you understand the right next steps for your case—with no obligation. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.