Motorcycles are part of an American tradition. In Stone Mountain we see bikers who do it as a hobby, as a lifestyle, and as collectors—and in many cases, they’ve spend years building, restoring or upgrading their bike with their own hands. When you’re out on the road on two wheels, it’s about more than just the sense of freedom. It’s about the pride you can take in what you’re doing.
Unfortunately, a single motorcycle accident can take that powerful experience and turn it into a nightmare. Our Stone Mountain motorcycle accident lawyers have worked with countless people injured in motorcycle accidents—as well as families of those who have been disabled or even killed by their accident. We know firsthand how severe and devastating these accidents can be, because we work closely with families dealing with the aftermath. And we know this: nothing makes a bigger difference than whether or not you get the financial recovery you’re entitled to.
That’s why we offer a FREE consultation with some of the top motorcycle accident lawyers in the state. Don’t let insurers or other motorists take advantage of you—or blame you for an accident you didn’t cause. Fill out the form to the right or call us at (404) 341-6555 and talk to our motorcycle accident attorneys for FREE today.
When does a biker have the right to recover money in Stone Mountain?
In many ways, Georgia law handles motorcycle accidents just like other vehicle accidents—despite how much more severe two-wheel accidents tend to be. That means that motorcyclists have the right to recover financial damages if they are not the one at fault for the accident. Likewise, a biker may be able to recover partial damages even if they are found to share some of the fault for the accident.
And, in theory, fault should be determined based on the facts of what happened, as determined both by responding officers and any investigators used after the accident… but that’s not always how it works.
The reality is that fault is often a matter of negotiation between the insurance companies involved, and the lawyers representing the victim. This is because:
- Insurers have a financial interest in paying less, even if their insured is the one who caused your accident
- Insurers are not afraid to use tired stereotypes about bikers being “lawbreakers” or reckless daredevils
- In many cases, insurers expect you to trust the results of their investigation without having an independent investigator of your own—which is almost never a good idea.
Thus, the insurance company is likely to fight hard to blame the motorcyclist even if the facts of what happened don’t support that.
That’s why it’s so important to have a lawyer of your own. A lawyer allows you to even the odds, bring in evidence of your own, and make a strong case for what really happened. Your lawyer can help you prove fault and get the money you deserve.
How much money can an injured motorcyclist recover in an accident claim?
If you are not the at-fault party, you have a right to recover two main kinds of damages:
- 100% of the actual financial costs of the accident, plus
- Compensation for serious personal losses (even if they don’t have an exact dollar price)
For example, if a biker got into a severe accident, they may have lost $150,000 in medical costs, $25,000 for the cost of replacing a totaled bike, and another $25,000 for months of missed work time. That’s a total of $200,000 in financial costs, and their accident claim could pay ALL of that amount. But their actual payout would probably be much more than $200,000.
That’s because the dollar price doesn’t include other types of losses. That biker may not ever be able to walk without limping again. Or, they might have sustained a head injury that affects their ability to speak. Those injuries involve losses much more serious than just medical costs—they change a person’s life.
So the actual settlement in that case might pay more like $600,000—or much more—based on the pain and suffering they endured.
What are my rights if my loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident?
This is one of the worst moments that a family can face—and it can be hard to get answers. If you lost a family member to a motorcycle accident, you will be dealing with more than grief. You may also be facing:
- Medical bills from their treatment before they passed
- Costs of a funeral, burial and other final expenses
- The loss of a working member of the household, and their income
We don’t believe for one minute that money can ever offset the loss of someone you loved. But we’ve worked closely with many families facing this kind of loss, and we know the difference it makes when financial pressure goes away. That’s why Georgia state law allows you to file a wrongful death claim to recover money on behalf of your loved one.
Your wrongful death claim can include money for:
- The same damages your loved one could have recovered if alive (such as medical costs)
- All final expenses related to the accident
- Money to make up for a lost income provider, and
- Compensation for the loss of a spouse (if applicable)
Your family should not have to think about money after losing someone you love. Our motorcycle accident attorneys can handle the legal case for you and get you the biggest accident settlement possible—while keeping your stress and worry to a minimum.
Talk to a Stone Mountain Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Free
No one goes through a motorcycle accident without being changed for life—whether you are the victim or their family. Let us help you enforce your legal rights and get you the money you deserve. We offer a FREE consultation and we charge you nothing if we don’t recover money for you. Fill out the form to the right or call us at (404) 341-6555 for your free consultation today.