Motorcycle riders don’t always get the same respect on Woodstock roads as other drivers. Car often fail to give motorcycles proper space or will pass them too aggressively, for example. These are just a couple reasons motorcycle accidents can occur, and most bikers know the injuries can be severe—even deadly. If you or someone you know was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you shouldn’t have to handle the situation alone. It’s time to speak with a Woodstock motorcycle accident lawyer.
We have 20 years experience working with bikers who were victims of motorcycle accidents and their families. We’re on your side, and we know how to win cases. You deserve to recover money for the suffering you’ve endured. Give us a call for a FREE consultation today: (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right. We’ll speak with you about the accident and how we can help you move forward with your case. Contact us today for your free consultation.
3 Things Every Biker Needs to Know about Motorcycle Accident Claims
The moments following a motorcycle accident can be very painful and emotional. They’re also the most significant when it comes to winning a case and recovering money. Each day following the accident, you’ll need to pay attention to your right, your health, and the insurance process. It can be a lot, but we’re here to help. Here are the top three things you need to know after being in a motorcycle accident.
1. The Insurance Company or Others May Try to Put the Blame on You
Accident claims in Georgia are based on fault, so insurance companies may try to make the situation seem at least partially your fault. They may perpetuate stereotypes about bikers, painting you as reckless rider or rebel. This is because they’re for-profit businesses and will try to underpay your claim or even deny it to avoid paying too much money. Don’t let them.
In addition, other parties involved in the accident may not understand what it’s like riding a motorcycle, how much room you need on the road, and what your rights are. If they misinterpret what happened and try to say the accident is your fault, don’t admit to anything, accept blame, or take money from insurance right away. Speak with your lawyer first and don’t let others use your words against you or try to place blame on you.
2. You Should Get Medical Care as Soon as Possible
Many victims in motorcycle accidents worry about how to pay for treatment after the accident. This can lead to putting off seeing a doctor or getting exams for fear of costs. But even the money offered by insurance can take months to arrive, and you have the right to get the care you need now. Not seeking treatment right away can make your condition worse, simply delaying your costs instead of avoiding them.
The best choice is get help right away. Plus, you may be able to get treatment immediately delay out-of-pocket expenses until insurance moneys arrive. And seeing a medical professional will help document your injuries and the treatment you need, which can help your case. Speak with your lawyer if you’re unsure so they can help you get access to necessary care for your injuries.
3. The Initial Offer From Insurance is Almost Never What You Deserve
If the insurer tries to offer you money upfront after the accident, know that they’re most likely low-balling you to avoid paying the full amount you deserve. While the money will seem appealing right away, consider the long-term costs that can result from the accident, such as personal injuries that require ongoing medical treatment or involve pain and suffering.
Motorcycle accidents can be extreme, and the injuries can be severe. Most victims don’t realize upfront how much the accident will cost them over the next year—and insurance companies know this. Don’t accept anything or admit to anything. Call your lawyer to help. It can make a huge difference in how much money you recover in your case.
My loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident in Woodstock. What can I do?
Losing a loved one in a motorcycle accident is one of the most heartbreaking events a family can experience. It can leave you with a lot of pain, financial strain—and a lot of questions about how to handle the situation.
In a Georgia wrongful death claim, family members of the victims can recover money on the deceased loved one’s behalf. Wrongful death claims are a little different from the regular motorcycle accident claim. Here’s how:
- Just like in a motorcycle accident with injuries, the insurer may raise questions about who was at fault in the crash and attempt to deny the claim.
- The closest relative can bring forward a wrongful death claim. That means, in order, the victim’s spouse, child, or parent. If there are none of these surviving relatives, the person’s estate can bring the wrongful death claim.
- You can recover a lot of the same costs as victims in motorcycle accidents, including medical expenses. You can also recover money for the financial and emotional impact losing a loved one has had on your family, including funeral costs.
In a wrongful death case, you’re already going through so much. Don’t navigate the legal part, which can often be complex, alone. Seek a lawyer who will provide a listening ear and care for you and your family during this hard time.
Talk to a Woodstock Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Free
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, our attorneys are here for you. While nothing can ever make up for the suffering resulting from an accident, we find recovering money can help reduce the financial burden and bring some peace to the situation. Working with us is risk-free—we don’t get paid unless we recover money for you. And we’d like to give you a FREE consultation to talk about your next steps. Contact us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get started today.