Motorcycle riders have a particularly high risk of serious injury when they get involved in accidents on the road. Road rash and whiplash are often the least a motorcyclist can expect to experience in a crash, and more severe impacts—especially those involving commuter cars—may cause catastrophic and life-altering harm.
If your motorcycle accident occurred because of a negligent driver, a personal injury attorney could pursue compensation from that reckless or careless individual for every injury and loss you suffered. Working with an experienced Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer at the Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group is the best way to increase your odds of recovering compensation for damages from a wreck.
The Atlanta Personal Injury Group is dedicated to helping victims of negligent drivers like you receive compensation for their injuries. What our clients say shows the kind of results we can get. We offer a free case evaluation and can help you determine your claim’s value. There is no obligation to move forward, and we are happy to listen to your story and answer all of your questions about your case.
The High Number of Motorcycle Accidents in Georgia
Atlanta is like many other major cities in the United States. Traffic seems to never stop, and accidents happen frequently. Georgia is also host to one of the busiest interstates in the United States. Interstate 285 sees more accidents per mile than any other, making it the deadliest interstate in the country.
A National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) study reveals that motorcyclists made up 14 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the state. That number is surprisingly disproportionate considering how few motorcyclists there are in Georgia compared to other motorists.
Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group Handles Motorcycle Accident Cases
If a negligent motor vehicle driver injured you while on your motorcycle, attorney Jennifer Gore-Cuthbert understands what you are going through. She was the victim of a serious car accident. After fighting with the other party's insurance company, she knows full well how hard it can be for accident victims to receive their fair compensation.
She founded the Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group to help victims just like you seek justice. Our legal team can fight for your rights by using our years of experience and deep understanding of Georgia laws. Never face unsympathetic insurance companies while recovering from your accident. Let us help you plan your next legal steps in your motorcycle accident claim.
How Can an Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help Me?
Personal injury cases of any kind can be very complicated. The driver who causes your accident is not likely to admit liability. Their insurance company may try to offer you a quick settlement for far less than what you are rightfully due. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you navigate these legal waters.
Investigate Your Case
A lawyer can conduct a thorough investigation of your case.
This investigation may include:
- Examining the accident scene
- Speaking to accident witnesses
- Investigate the other driver’s background, including traffic infraction patterns
- Secure traffic camera video footage
- Secure building security footage
- Gather your medical records to prove your injuries to the opposing party’s insurance representatives
These and other steps serve to build a solid foundation for your case. When armed with this information, your lawyer may be able to negotiate on your behalf.
Negotiating a Settlement
Many personal injury cases settle out of court. When negotiating a settlement, both sides often want to avoid the extra time and expense of a jury trial. Representatives for both sides sit down to try and work out an agreement acceptable to all sides.
Your attorney can handle these negotiations, see through the delay tactics, and work to secure you a settlement that will compensate you for your injuries and your pain and suffering. If both sides cannot agree on terms, then you have the option of taking your case to trial.
What if your case goes to trial? In Georgia, most vehicles on the road are cars, trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Motorcycles make up only 2 percent of the registered motor vehicles. There are even fewer in Fulton County. If your case goes to trial, getting sympathetic fellow motorcycle riders on the jury is slim without our lawyers carefully screening them. Otherwise, the jurors may bring the same anti-motorcycle bias against you.
The jurors will likely have never even ridden a motorcycle in their lives, so they may find it difficult to understand the appeal of motorcycle riding. They may also assume the motorcycle rider was at fault before hearing the facts.
Our Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney can help jurors review these facts. Our Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers can use our vast trial experience to accurately convey to the jury that your accident, like many motorcycle accidents, was caused by a negligent driver who did not respect your rights on the road.
How Much Will I Receive for My Motorcycle Accident Settlement?
While there are no guarantees of any amount in a personal injury court case, successful settlements usually consist of economic and non-economic damages.
Accidents are expensive. You may need to go to the hospital. Your doctors need to thoroughly assess and treat your injuries. You may be prescribed medication to help you recover. You may also need to undergo physical therapy as part of your recovery process.
While all of this is happening, you may need to miss work, depending on your job responsibilities and your injuries. Missing work can take a financial toll. And if your injuries are severe enough, you may never be able to return to your job ever again.
All these financial costs are grounds for compensation. Called economic damages, they include any direct cost to you that stems from your accident.
Non-economic damages are those you cannot attach a firm dollar value to. Traditionally, pain and suffering is the phrase most people think of when they hear about non-economic damages.
If you have suffered physically, emotionally, and psychologically, you deserve financial compensation for your troubles.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Most motorcycle accidents occur when a car driver fails to yield the right-of-way to a motorcyclist.
Other causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- The driver was careless and did not check for motorcycles before changing lanes.
- They saw the motorcycle but refused to grant the motorcycle driver the right-of-way.
- A negligent driver looked at their cell phone instead of paying attention to the road.
- Drivers may also neglect to check for motorcycles when backing out of a parking space.
Georgia passed a 2017 law forbidding drivers from using cell phones without hands-free features. They may not text or send emails while driving, as those activities force drivers to take their attention away from the road.
How State Law Addresses Motorcyclists and Motorcycle Accidents
Just as many traffic laws apply to motor vehicle operators in Georgia, numerous safety regulations apply specifically to motorcycle riders. For example, Georgia prohibits motorcycle operators from sitting or carrying passengers anywhere except on a regular seat, and the law requires every motorcycle rider of any age in Georgia to wear protective headgear at all times while riding.
If another driver violates the duty of care they owe to every other person sharing the road, any motorcyclist injured as a result could file suit against that driver. Additionally, any motorcyclist who failed to obey motorcycle laws themselves may have their available damages reduced even if they were not primarily at fault.
Under Georgia law, a civil court can reduce a plaintiff’s recoverable compensation by whatever percentage of fault they bear for their own accident or bar them from recovery altogether if they are 50 percent or more at fault. In addition to proving negligence on the part of the defendant(s) in a case, a seasoned Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney could also work on a plaintiff’s behalf to contest allegations of comparative fault made against them.
Is It Dangerous to Ride Motorcycles in Atlanta?
According to several studies, Georgia and the city of Atlanta, in particular, rank very high in motorcycle accidents and fatalities. Below are two studies that reveal the relative danger of riding in or around Atlanta.
Allstate Insurance Study
Allstate Insurance released a study in 2018 ranking the largest United States cities for driver safety. Out of 200 cities, Atlanta ranked 186th. Allstate’s data further reveal these numbers are worse than the year before, showing the trend is getting worse.
Atlanta’s High Braking Events
Allstate's data shows that Atlanta drivers average higher than most cities for high braking events. As the name implies, cars brake suddenly when something unexpected happens. Atlanta drivers average 30 such events for every 1,000 miles they drive.
A high number of braking events can drastically affect motorcycles, too. If car drivers brake suddenly, motorcyclists might have to swerve. In some cases, this sudden swerving can lead to the motorcycle toppling over, injuring the driver.
The Importance of Filing Suit on Time
Beyond the modified comparative fault system under which Georgia civil courts operate, another legal roadblock that commonly hinders recovery following motorcycle accidents is the statute of limitations. Georgia’s statute gives most plaintiffs seeking compensation only two years following their accident to file suit.
If a prospective plaintiff fails to adhere to this statutory filing deadline, they cannot recover compensation for any of their injuries or losses, no matter how clear the defendant's fault.
Once retained, our qualified Atlanta motorcycle crash lawyers can determine what filing deadlines apply to your case and file it on time.
Speak With Our Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
Motorcycle accidents are often particularly devastating incidents, even when compared to other types of motor vehicle wrecks. In addition to severe injuries resulting in expensive medical bills and missed time off work, motorcycle crash victims often end up dealing with significant non-economic losses, too, including loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, and various losses related to a permanent disability or disfigurement.
Never pursue civil litigation without professional legal guidance, because that will put you at a significant—and unnecessary—disadvantage. Give yourself and your case a better chance at success by hiring an Atlanta auto accident lawyer at the Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group. Call today to get started at (404) 609-1724 or contact us online.
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