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.
Frequently Asked Motorcycle Accident Questions
What mistakes should I avoid after a motorcycle accident?
One of the first mistakes people often make after a motorcycle accident is that they don’t call an attorney right away. It is important to hire an attorney early on in the process of recovery; the earlier, the better. As your attorney, we will get out there immediately and get evidence quickly, before it disappears, so that we can prove that the other driver was the one who really caused this wreck. Getting an accident reconstructionist out to the scene right away, getting investigators out there to find witnesses, and locating video as well as security cameras in nearby businesses are just some of the techniques we can use when working your case. We will get the evidence you need before it disappears to prove that the other driver was the one, in fact, who caused your wreck.
Another mistake that often occurs after motorcycle accidents is that people hire lawyers who are not personal injury lawyers. There is a lot of knowledge that’s required to properly pursue a personal injury claim. When attorneys don’t have that knowledge, they may not be able to recover a fair amount for their clients.
Finally, don’t make the common mistake of hiring a lawyer who handles personal injury claims and settles them all over the phone. You want a lawyer who will go to the courthouse and actually try the case, thereby bringing value to your case. The insurance companies know the attorneys who will go to trial to get the maximum value, and that affects how much they offer to settle.
At the end of the day, you want a trial lawyer who handles personal injury, and you want to hire that lawyer quickly.
What should I consider when hiring a motorcycle accident attorney?
Victims of motorcycle accidents often think they can hire any lawyer who handles any type of personal injury case. Motorcycle collisions bring different types of considerations to bear than other types of personal injury cases. Oftentimes, people have a negative perception about people who ride. That affects how motorcycle wreck cases are handled. You need an attorney who is aware of that perception and knows how to combat it.
How long will a motorcycle accident case take?
If you’ve been seriously injured, you may be out of work or have medical bills piling up, and you may want to know how long it will take until your case gets settled or resolved at a trial. Each case is different. Some cases can get resolved very quickly, in a just a manner of weeks. Other cases could go on for years. It’s going to depend on the facts and specifics of your case. You want to make sure you have a lawyer who’s knowledgeable about Georgia motorcycle wrecks here in Georgia and has the experience necessary to maximize your recovery and fully compensate you for your injuries. You want an attorney who’s willing to go the distance with you, and who’s not going to settle your case cheaply or quickly just to close it out and collect his or her fee.
Do I have a claim if I was injured as a passenger in a motorcycle accident?
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck as a passenger, you may be wondering if you have a claim against either the driver of the other vehicle involved or the person driving the bike that you were on. It’s very likely that you do have a claim against one or both of those people. You are entitled to have an attorney look into this and represent you in regard to any claims.
You should speak with an attorney who has experience handling serious motorcycle wrecks in Georgia, not just any lawyer who represents people in different types of personal injury cases. You want someone who handles motorcycle wreck cases and has the knowledge, experience, and resources to pursue those claims for you.
How much is my motorcycle accident claim worth?
Each case value is going to be different and depends on various factors, including the types of injuries you’ve sustained, the amount of your medical bills, and what types of lost wages or lost income you may have. We will work to answer these questions so that we can determine the value of your claim. We will also assess the amount of money that we can potentially collect from the at-fault driver. Is this an individual who doesn’t have a lot of assets and has a minimum amount of insurance? Are there other parties we can look at? Is it a commercial vehicle? Are there, perhaps, claims against a governmental entity who designed the road where this wreck occurred? These are just some of the factors that we can assess to get the best value for your case.
What’s the difference between motorcycle accident claims and car accident claims?
In motorcycle wrecks, very frequently, the injuries are very significant. If you ride, you know that if someone pulls out and makes an improper left turn in front of you, the consequences of that can be catastrophic. The serious nature of injuries and damages in motorcycle wrecks often causes the insurance company for the other driver to fight hard to prove that you were the one who was at fault. You want an attorney who knows how to combat that, who can go up against the insurance company, and who has the resources to show that the driver of the motorcycle wasn’t the one at fault.
Should I speak to an insurance adjuster after a motorcycle accident?
You may have recently been injured in a motorcycle wreck here in Georgia, and the insurance company may have already called you. Perhaps they tried to get a recorded statement from you about the wreck and about your injuries. Many victims in this scenario think, how can it hurt for me to speak with this representative of this insurance company? The insurance company is not looking out for your best interest. They are looking out for their bottom line. One of the largest insurance companies earned $8.8 billion in profits alone last year. When they call you up and ask you for a recorded statement, they’re not looking out for your interests. It is never a good idea to give a recorded statement to an insurance company. What you want to do is hire an attorney who is experienced in handling serious motorcycle wrecks here in Georgia. Let that lawyer advocate for you.
What should I do after being injured in a motorcycle accident?
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck here in Georgia, you may be wondering what are some things you need to do right away to protect your interests. One of the first things you need to do is speak to several attorneys to find the right one. When you’re looking for the right attorney for a motorcycle wreck in Georgia, you want a lawyer who handles personal injury cases, not other areas of law. You want a lawyer who not only handles personal injury cases, but who has experience handling motorcycle wrecks. You also want a lawyer who will go to trial, not just settle all their cases.
You want to hire that lawyer quickly, too. Evidence tends to disappear. Get the vehicles that were involved, and get those inspected by the right type of experts. Nowadays, vehicles have all sorts of electronic data that can be downloaded. You want an attorney who knows what to look for, who can hire the right types of experts, and who has the resources to hire those experts to collect that data before it disappears. You want attorneys who will gather witnesses or locate witnesses, get statements from those witnesses, and you want to do that quickly.
These are the types of things you want to do to protect your interests if you’ve been seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck here in Georgia.
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.