When we hit the road, whether it be on foot, by car, or on a motorcycle, we often do not think about the potential consequences that could lie ahead. Most of the time our drives are relatively uneventful. Maybe there will be a near miss here or there, but if every drive was catastrophic, we wouldn’t do it anymore. Unfortunately, there are times when the worst happens. If you are here, you most likely have experienced a motorcycle accident. We are very sorry to hear that and we know how rough a time you may be having. It is important that you understand you have a right to compensation from the liable party’s insurance company. We want to help you get that. After you read a little bit about your case, please call our office to set up a free initial case review with our Georgia motorcycle accident attorneys.
First Steps for a Successful Motorcycle Accident Case
There are three extremely important things that really should happen if you want to have a successful motorcycle accident case. The first thing and most important thing is getting medical attention. You need to get your injuries looked at and you need to have medical records to show the insurance company that they owe you compensation for these injuries. The second step which incidentally happens first is collection of evidence. You may not personally be able to do this if you are whisked away to the emergency room; in these situations, you can have someone else do this for you. Get photos and videos, witness contact information, and the insurance info from the other drivers involved. Third, you will need to hire a Georgia motorcycle accident attorney to help with all of these things to ensure that your case is on track to being strong and successful.
Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accidents commonly cause severe injuries due to the nature of the accident. You are not inside a metal frame and there is a big chance that, when hit, the rider and passenger of the motorcycle will go flying off the bike. It is devastating to see these injuries and oftentimes fatalities. The most common types of injuries include head trauma such as concussions or traumatic brain injury, neck injury, spinal cord damage, broken bones, bruising, and scarring. Again, we urge you to seek immediate medical attention for any and all injuries. Do not feel shy about telling your doctor about everything that hurts. If you feel major pain in your neck, but only minor pain in your lower back, still tell them about the lower back pain. What might be minor now could turn into something very major, if left unchecked.
Georgia Motorcycle Accident Statute of Limitations
There are several things that need to happen to set up a case to be filed. It cannot happen overnight, and they require someone quite experienced to do this all correctly. If you want a case that has the best chance at full compensation, you truly should be hiring an experienced Georgia motorcycle accident attorney as soon as you can so that you know you are in good hands. The state of Georgia allows two years from the date of your accident to bring a claim. That is the statute of limitations. What you need to do is hire an attorney early on so that you do not have to worry about coming close to the deadline. It would not be wise to wait because two years already is not a long time in terms of a lawsuit and pushing that deadline only puts more pressure on yourself and your attorney to get this done on time. Also, if you wait a long time to bring your case, you run the risk of your evidence going missing, witnesses forgetting fine details, and making mistakes along the way that your attorney cannot fix for you. If you miss the deadline entirely, you unfortunately will no longer be able to receive compensation for your injuries or damages.
How Georgia Motorcycle Accident Compensation Works
Georgia is a modified comparative negligence state, which means you can receive compensation even if you are partially at fault. The drawback is, if you are partially at fault, your compensation award will be reduced. If you are mostly at fault, you will be completely barred from receiving compensation. That is why it is so important to hire an attorney early on so that they can protect you from this happening.
Call Our Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and want to have supportive, dedicated, and experienced legal representation, please call our Georgia motorcycle accident attorneys to set up your free initial case review. We will go over the details of your case and guide you through the process, allowing us to help you get the best result possible. We are here to help you get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries and damages.