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Athens motorcycle accident lawyer
There is no doubt that Georgia has a lot to offer motorcyclists. From the open flats of South Georgia, up to the beautiful, winding roads of the North Georgia Mountains. Athens is a great place to enjoy motorcycle riding. Unfortunately, it is also a place where a lot of motorcycle accidents occur.
At Georgia Auto Law, our motorcycle accident lawyers care deeply about motorcycle safety. We do everything in our power to help make the roads safer for motorcyclists throughout Athens. Motorcycles have every right to enjoy the roads just like normal cars do, so we have to make sure we are always driving safely. Car and truck drivers constantly neglect their responsibility to be on the look out for bikers out on Athens roads. Unfortunately, this often leads to serious and fatal motorcycle accidents.
If you or a loved one have been hurt or killed in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver, please reach out to us and we will help you.
- Fact #1 Approximately 90,000 motorcyclists are injured every year in motorcycle accidents in the United States.
- Fact #2 According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 5,000 motorcyclists are killed every year in motorcycle accidents.
- Fact #3 According to the Georgia Office of Highway Safety, motorcyclists make up 12% of traffic deaths in Georgia.
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The motorcycle accident claims process can be stressful and complicated. Our specialized Athens motorcycle accident lawyers are ready to answer any questions you have. Even if you are not ready to start your case right now, we can answer any questions and help you find out of you have a motorcycle accident case.
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Life-changing injuries from motorcycle accidents
There is no doubt that the very things that make motorcycle riding enjoyable are also the same things that make it dangerous. Being open to the fresh air, feeling the wind, and not having to have a roof over your head make motorcycle riding so freeing and enjoyable. However, that also means that motorcyclists do not have the safety protections that the driver of a car has. The small size and weight of motorcycles, combined with higher speeds can make for disaster in the event of a crash. At the same time, drivers of cars and trucks need to be on the lookout for motorcycles so as to not cause a crash.
What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?
The sad truth is that many motorcycle accidents are completely avoidable if drivers on the road take the proper precautions. There are many different factors that can contribute to a motorcycle accident out on Athens roads, and our motorcycle accident lawyers have just about seen it all. Below is a list of the common causes of motorcycle accidents.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents:
- Car or truck failing to pay attention
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Drunk driving
- Faulty mirrors, lighting, or brakes
- Unexpected hazards in the road
- Car or truck not checking blind spot
Failing to properly yield and failing to see a motorcyclist on the roadway are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. Many of these crashes happen because car and truck drivers do not use proper care when making turns at intersections. In other words, they do not look closely enough to see the motorcyclist. When this happens, and it causes an injury to the motorcyclist, the motorcyclist has a right to compensation.
A motorcycle accident, and the injuries that come from it, is devastating for both the accident victim and the family. Motorcycle accident injuries are usually permanent, and they can even be life-threatening. Granted, a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit following a motorcycle accident will not make the pain go away. And it certainly will not bring back someone who was lost. However, a motorcycle accident lawsuit can help provide financial security to the accident victim and their family.
What to do after a motorcycle accident in Athens
We often hear from motorcycle accident victims that they wish they had been better prepared for what to do at the scene of a motorcycle accident. So, our motorcycle accident lawyers developed this checklist to help prepare Athens motorcyclists in case they get into a crash. We hope that you never need to use this checklist, but we want you to have the information you need in case the unthinkable happens. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the following safety tips will help you know what to do after a motorcycle accident in Georgia:
Call the police
It is critical to call the police and report the motorcycle accident. The police will come and do an investigation, and they will create a Athens accident report. This report will be very important for any potential motorcycle accident claim.
Seek immediate medical attention
If you are injured, your health and safety should be the number one priority. You should seek medical treatment immediately. We advise all motorcyclists who are involved in a crash to take an ambulance to the hospital. Due to the exposed nature of a motorcyclist, you may not realize how severe your injuries really are. You will have adrenaline pumping through your body that can suppress pain. Always go to the hospital to get checked out.
Gather all information from the other driver
If you are unable to wait for the police, because of the severity of your personal injuries, and you have to get to the hospital then ask someone to help you with this step. It is critical that you obtain all information from the other driver. This information will be important for your Athens motorcycle accident lawyer if a motorcycle accident claim arises. Most insurance companies have very strict “notice” requirements which means that time is of the essence. Having the information of the other driver will make this process much easier if you want to have a successful motorcycle accident case.
Information to obtain from the other driver after a motorcycle accident:
- Full name
- Phone number (and make sure it works on scene)
- Insurance company
- Insurance policy number
- License plate state and number
- Drivers license state and number
Identify possible witnesses
In any motorcycle accident case in Athens, it is important to have witnesses that can state what happened. Sometimes the other driver may try to say they were not at fault, so your motorcycle accident lawyer will use witnesses statements to strengthen your case. Try to get the contact information and a brief statement from any witnesses. Again, if you are no longer on scene due to your injuries, try to get someone to help you with this step.
Listen carefully to the other driver's story
In a motorcycle accident case, what the involved parties say happened can be very important to who is designated “at-fault” in the accident. Try to write down what the other driver says about the accident. Listen out for any admissions of being at fault, and make sure the other driver tells the police officer exactly what they told you.
Relay all information about the accident to police
Often times, due to injuries, a motorcycle accident victim is taken to the hospital immediately and is not able to remain on scene. If you have to report the accident from the hospital, or have to have someone else report it for you, make sure this is done. It is important to make sure the police have all information about how the accident occurred and the fault of the other driver. Do not let the other driver be the one who gets to tell the whole story about what happened.
Contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Athens
Due to the severity of motorcycle accident injuries, it is important to make sure your right to compensation is protected. The time after an accident is stressful, but a quick call to a good motorcycle accident lawyer will protect your potential motorcycle injury case. There are also strict deadlines on Athens motorcycle accident cases.
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If you think that you may be eligible for compensation in a motorcycle accident case, then you should reach out to a Athens motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. The above steps can be stressful, and your lawyer will be able to help you with all of this. At the very least, you can ask any questions you have to make sure your right to maximum compensation is protected.
Motorcycle accident injury claims
In Athens, if a motorcyclist was not at-fault in the crash, then they can file a motorcycle accident injury claim to recover compensation for their injuries. Injured motorcycle riders are not limited in the damages they can recover to compensate them for their harms and losses, including full compensation for pain and suffering. Motorcycle accident victims can also recover for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.
Insurance negotiations. After a motorcycle accident, your lawyer will contact the at-fault driver’s insurance company to try to negotiate a settlement for your damages as a result of the accident. Your lawyer will use all of the evidence and proof discovered in order to recover maximum compensation for you. If the insurance company tries to get off cheap, or makes low-ball offers, then your attorney can file a lawsuit in order to recover fair compensation for you.
Negligence in a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accident lawsuits are in the category of personal injury. This means that they are based on the principle of negligence. So, your lawyer will have to prove that the at-fault driver failed to meet the required, reasonable standard of care under Georgia law. To do this, we conduct a deep investigation of all aspects of the motorcycle accident in order to build the strongest case. The stronger the case, the more likely it is that we recover maximum compensation for you.
Motorcycle accident wrongful death lawsuit
In a Athens wrongful death lawsuit, the surviving family members are entitled to monetary compensation as a result of their loss. Compensation for wrongful death motorcycle fatalities is controlled by the Georgia Wrongful Death Act.
What must be proven in a Georgia motorcycle accident wrongful death lawsuit?
- The motorcycle accident death was caused as a result of the defendant’s actions
- The defendant acted negligently
- There is a surviving spouse, children, parent, or a personal representative of the motorcycle accident victim’s estate
- There have been monetary damages as a result of the motorcycle accident victim’s wrongful death
At Georgia Auto Law, we have Athens wrongful death lawyers practicing solely in auto accident lawsuits. We have extensive trial experience, deep resources, and we work day and night to win verdicts and settlements that go above and beyond what most other lawyers are able to do. If you, or a loved one, has been injured in a motorcycle accident, then we have a motorcycle accident lawyer ready to help you.
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What compensation can be recovered in a motorcycle accident case?
When we go up against insurance companies and negligent drivers on behalf of victims of motorcycle accidents, we work to help you recover compensation for different things:
Medical expenses. Motorcycle accident victims can receive compensation for medical treatment, hospital care, surgeries, etc. if the injuries were related to the accident. You can also recover future medical costs if you will require medical treatment in the future.
Lost wages and lost future earnings. Motorcycle accident victims can recover compensation for money they lost by missing work due to their injuries. If a victim had to be away from work to recover from injuries, then that money can be recovered. In a motorcycle accident case, the rider can also recover for lost future earnings if he or she is unable to return to work due to the injuries.
Pain and suffering. Under Georgia law, a motorcycle accident is claimed the same way as a personal injury claim. Therefore, you are able to recover compensation for pain and suffering that resulted from the motorcycle accident. The amount of pain and suffering damages depends on the severity of the injury, the amount and duration of pain, and the amount of medical treatment that was required.
Emotional distress and mental anguish. Motorcycle accidents are very scary and they can lead to post traumatic stress disorder and other mental and emotional damages. Victims and families have a right to compensation for the emotional distress caused by the incident. These include fright, fear, worry, grief, embarrassment, and other feelings of mental anguish.
Loss of consortium. Under Georgia law, a spouse can recover damages for the loss of services, aid, society, companionship, and assistance from his or her spouse. This also applies to wrongful death cases caused by a motorcycle accident. Parents are able to recover compensation for the loss of love, affection, and companionship of their minor children that results from a wrongful death. Also, a minor child can be awarded compensation for the loss of a parent as a result of a wrongful death.
How much are my motorcycle accident damages?
In order to determine the amount of your motorcycle accident damages, we look at the circumstances of your accident and the severity of your injuries. The more severe the accident, the higher your damages may be. One of our motorcycle accident lawyers will be able to speak with you and determine the extent of your motorcycle accident damages.
Calculating motorcycle accident damages
Under Georgia law, there are two categories of personal injury damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages. Both of these categories are fully recoverable in a motorcycle accident lawsuit.
Economic damages in a motorcycle accident lawsuit
Economic damages are things that can be calculated with an exact dollar amount. They have exact and definite numbers that apply. The following is a list of different types of economic damages that can be recovered in a motorcycle accident lawsuit in Athens:
- Medical bills
- Surgery costs
- Hospital stay
- Lost wages from missed work
- Cost of repairing the bike
- Cost of replacing gear
Noneconomic damages in a motorcycle accident lawsuit
Noneconomic damages are things that can not be calculated with an exact amount. In other words, these are the “intangible” or “unseen” damages. Below are examples of noneconomic damages that are available in a Athens motorcycle accident lawsuit:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Bodily impairment
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Reduction in quality of life
- Permanent disability
What is my case worth?
How much your motorcycle accident case is worth is one of the first things your lawyer will discuss with you. Your legal team will look at the nature of your accident, your injuries, and other factors to determine the estimated value of your case. Then we will make sure we get every dollar of motorcycle accident compensation that we possibly can.
An overview of Georgia motorcycle laws
As a motorcyclist, you have the same rights as every other motorist on the road. Motorcycles can control a single lane, and every other driver has a legal duty to look out for your safety. Athens has also put some motorcycle-specific safety regulations into place. These laws are designed to reduce the risk of motorcycle accidents. Athens requires all motorcyclists to:
- Get a Class M motorcycle license
- Wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved motorcycle safety helmet
- Ensure that their bike has working headlights, brake lights, and turn signals
- Avoid lane-splitting
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What you need to know about motorcycle accident liability in Athens
In Athens, motorcycle accident liability is based on fault. To hold a defendant liable, you must be able to prove that they were ‘at fault for the wreck. Fault is based on a legal concept called ‘negligence’. Negligence is failure to take adequate care in the context of a specific situation.
In most motorcycle accident cases, the negligent defendant is another motorist. Motorcycle accident causation studies have shown that standard-sized cars are more likely to cause multi-vehicle accidents than motorcyclists. When a motorcycle accident occurs with another vehicle, usually the other driver was to blame for the collision. Some common examples of driver negligence that can cause motorcycle accidents to include:
- Speeding or going too fast for road conditions
- Following too closely (tailgating)
- Making unsafe lane changes without noticing the motorcycle
- Making a left turn in front of a motorcycle
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving
Unfortunately, negligent defendants often try to deny their own blame. For this reason, a Athens motorcycle accident lawyer must investigate the crash.
If you were hurt in a motorcycle wreck in Athens, seek immediate help from an attorney.
Motorcycle accident lawsuits: maximizing your financial compensation
With motorcycle accident claims, proving liability is not enough to win your case.
Motorcycle accident injury lawsuits are almost always defended by large insurance companies. Insurers are often aggressive in defending these claims. They will always try to resolve your lawsuit for less than you deserve.
To compensate, your losses must be properly documented and presented. At Georgia Auto Law, our motorcycle accident attorneys will help you get every penny that you deserve. Financial compensation may be available for:
- Emergency medical costs
- Other medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Long-term physical impairments
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of lifestyle enjoyment
- Wrongful death damages
You can get compensation through a personal injury trial or settlement with the insurance company. Most motorcycle accident claims are settled before litigation.
Insurance companies only offer a full settlement if they can be held liable if your case goes to court. If you or your loved one was injured in a wreck in Georgia, you need an Athens motorcycle accident attorney to get you full compensation.
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Most common motorcycle accident injuries
There is no doubt that motorcyclists are fully exposed to the elements. This is part of the freedom and enjoyment of riding a motorcycle. However, this can leave the rider exposed to more dangers in the event of a motorcycle accident. Through our experience handling motorcycle accident cases, we have seen a number of different types of injuries.
Common motorcycle accident injuries:
If you were injured, or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, then you may have a right to compensation. The motorcycle accident lawsuit process is complicated, and the motorcycle accident attorneys at Georgia Auto Law are seasoned fighters against the big insurance companies.
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Why choose the motorcycle accident attorneys at Georgia Auto Law?
Getting into a motorcycle accident is overwhelming. After a wreck, you need to know where to turn for help.
At Georgia Auto Law, our motorcycle accident lawyers help victims across the state of Georgia. We know how to hold negligent drivers and insurance companies liable. Our motorcycle crash lawyers will help you get the compensation that you deserve.
- Offer a free assessment of your motorcycle accident case
- Answer any questions you have about your rights and options
- Investigate your crash and get all relevant evidence
- Put together a strong, persuasive legal claim
- Negotiate with the insurance company
- Prepare your claim for personal injury litigation
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At Georgia Auto Law, our top-rated motorcycle accident attorneys advocate for injured victims. If you or your loved one was hurt in a motorcycle crash in Georgia, we are ready to help.
Our attorneys handle motorcycle accident claims throughout the state of Georgia. We are Georgia’s “go-to” motorcycle accident law firm.
For a free, no obligation review of your motorcycle accident case, please contact Georgia Auto Law right away.
Motorcycle accident FAQs
Why should I contact a motorcycle accident lawyer?
A motorcycle accident can be a very scary and life changing event. Because a motorcycle rider is exposed to the elements, a motorcycle accident is usually more severe than a passenger car accident. Sometimes a small bump on a motorcycle can lead to severe injuries.
Victims of motorcycle accidents need to find an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to make sure they get the compensation they deserve. Some people think that motorcycle riders are “taking risks” by riding a motorcycle. But, motorcycle riders have the same rights to use the roads and enjoy riding as anyone else does. When they are involved in an accident, they need a strong motorcycle accident lawyer to fight for maximum compensation.
What will my motorcycle accident lawyer do?
There is no doubt that having an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer on your side will help you maximize your compensation. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident in Georgia, your lawyer will build your case by doing the following things:
- Investigate the scene of the accident
- Photograph the scene
- Investigate the other driver’s driving history
- Speak with witnesses
- Review medical records
- Work with experts
- Deal with the insurance company
Because some of the evidence of a motorcycle accident can begin to disappear (witness memory, skid marks on the road, etc.) it is important to make sure you have your legal team working for you as soon as possible. Our team at Georgia Auto Law does not waste any time. We are here to do anything that is needed to make sure your case gets the best result.
Why Georgia Auto Law?
At Georgia Auto Law, our motorcycle accident attorneys have a very deep knowledge of the specific Georgia laws that apply to motorcycles and motorcycle accident cases. These laws can differ from those that apply to normal car accidents, and our knowledge of the “ins and outs” of Georgia motorcycle laws benefits all of our motorcycle accident clients. We work with the best motorcycle accident experts and we are able to build your case using our strong network of resources. The motorcycle accident attorneys at Georgia Auto Law have a well-known track record of top results for motorcycle accident claims.
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