Marietta Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcyclists can wear helmets, gloves, boots—all the safety gear possible, and they could still suffer severe injuries in a crash. After all, their motorcycle doesn't offer the type of protection other vehicles do. If a motorcycle accident hurt you or a loved one, a Marietta motorcycle accident lawyer with Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group can assist you.
While you heal from your injuries, our team can get to work on your case. We may investigate the crash, name the liable parties, and hold them accountable for your damages. Our firm offers these services and others on contingency, so we don’t take payment unless we secure compensation for you.
Contact Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group today to start building your case. The first consultation comes at no charge, risk, or obligation.
How a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Our Firm Serving Marietta, GA, Can Help You
We tell every client to focus on their health and recovery while we manage their case. The same goes for you.
When you hire Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group, we can:
- Get the police report
- Collect and organize evidence
- Identify the at-fault parties
- Communicate with the other party, their insurer, and their legal team
- Evaluate all of your damages
- Lead settlement negotiations
- Represent you before a jury, if necessary
Remember: our attorneys work for you. That means we keep you up to date on how your case progresses. However, if you still need clarification or have questions about the status of your case, call us.
We have experience handling cases like yours, so you're in good hands. One of our outcomes includes an $80,000 settlement for a motorcyclist injured in an accident. It's difficult to say how much you can recover for your damages, but you can count on our firm to go after the compensation you’re entitled to receive.
Our Firm Takes Marietta Motorcycle Accident Cases for a Contingency Fee
You may struggle to make ends meet between repairing your motorcycle, paying medical bills, and covering other expenses accompanying a motorcycle accident.
Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group doesn’t want to add to this hardship, so we offer our services on a contingency-fee basis. Our attorneys don’t charge clients a dime up front, a retainer, by the hour, or out of pocket.
They don't receive payment unless and until they secure a financial award for you. This fee structure lets us investigate and build your case immediately. Also, we cover all the costs associated with your case, so you don't have to take any financial risk when you enlist our help.
Damages You Can Seek in a Georgia Motorcycle Accident Claim or Lawsuit
Motorcycle accident injuries can lead to monetary and non-monetary losses.
You can file a claim or lawsuit that demands compensation for:
- Pain and suffering to account for the discomfort your injuries have inflicted on you
- Medical expenses for past and future treatment
- Past lost income to make up what you didn’t earn while you were out of work
- Future loss of earning power to make up for the money you would have made if you didn’t miss work
- Scarring and disfigurement to help you cope with your altered appearance or poor mobility due to your injuries
- Vehicle repair costs if your motorcycle was damaged or destroyed in the wreck
- Mental anguish to help you recover from the trauma of the accident
Tragically, motorcycle accident injuries can be fatal. You could pursue a wrongful death case if you lost your loved one under these circumstances. Here, you can pursue awards for loss of companionship, household services, funeral expenses, and final medical bills.
Georgia law allows surviving spouses, children, parents, or the decedent’s personal representative to file a wrongful death action.
Establishing the Negligent Party in Your Marietta Motorcycle Crash Case
When pursuing another party for your damages, we must show the insurance company that this party acted negligently and caused your accident.
Negligence constitutes four main elements:
- Duty of care: The other party had a duty to make your safety a top priority.
- Breach of duty: This party neglected to uphold their duty to act cautiously.
- Causation: This negligence triggered the motorcycle accident that harmed you.
- Damages: The injuries you sustained brought on various damages, such as medical bills, motorcycle repair bills, lost income, and more.
Your case must meet each of these criteria. Otherwise, the state may reject your case.
Gathering supporting evidence can help us prove negligence, including:
- Traffic citations
- The police report
- Medical records and bills
- Eyewitness statements
- Photographs of your injuries and the crash scene
- Video footage
Whatever information you think could help your case, bring it to your attorney. The smallest piece of evidence can make a considerable difference in your case.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
According to the Georgia Driver Department of Driver Services (DDS), even though motorcycles make up around 2 percent of registered vehicles on the road, motorcyclists have an overrepresentation in all traffic fatalities, coming out to 11 percent in 2019. That year, there were nearly 4,000 motorcycle accidents, with 4,269 motorcycle riders involved.
Tragically, crash fatalities have risen by 22 percent from 2017 to 2019. What's more, Cobb County has some of the highest rates of motorcycle accident deaths in the state.
What’s causing these accidents, though?
Well, usually, they’re because of:
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Opening the car door without checking for traffic, hitting the motorcycle rider
- Poor merges, left turns, or right turns
- Disregard for motorcyclists
- Drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to yield
- Failure to obey traffic signs and signals
- Failure to check blind spots
- Distracted driving
- Braking problems
- Poor weather conditions
- Poor road maintenance
Sometimes, a combination of these factors may lead to an accident. In that case, your attorney can hold each party—the other driver, the government agency, the parts manufacturer, etc.—accountable according to their degree of fault.
Taking Legal Action Following a Motorcycle Accident in Marietta, Georgia
All states enforce a statute of limitations, or a legal deadline, for lawsuits. According to Georgia law, you generally have two years to file a lawsuit against the other party. That goes for motorcycle accident cases.
Certain circumstances could change the deadline. For example, if a government agency shared blame for the crash, you probably would have less time to sue. The state may lengthen the deadline if the crash hurts a minor.
However long you have, it’s best not to delay. If you do, the statute of limitations could expire before you file. In that case, the state could prohibit you from recovering damages from the other party, so the burden of covering your losses would be on your shoulders. However, if you get an attorney from our firm, we can help you avoid this outcome.
Our Client Testimonials Shine a Light on Our Commitment to Success
We help injured people from all walks of life. When we take on a case, that means we're committed to its final outcome—and ready for any challenges that come our way. Clients have disclosed how much they appreciated the results we obtained for them and how well we treated and communicated with them.
Our Marietta Motorcycle Accident Team Advocates for Victims of These Injuries
Motorcyclists can sustain various injuries in crashes. No matter how minor they seem, get medical care as soon as possible. You don’t want any underlying injuries to get worse and potentially lead to long-term damage.
According to Healthline, road rash happens when you scrape your skin off on a rough surface, causing a skin abrasion or a friction burn. Those who suffer this injury can usually treat it with standard home care, like applying antibiotic cream, removing debris, and changing the bandage regularly. With these methods, you may heal within a couple of weeks.
Get medical attention if you develop an infection, have fluids continuously draining from the wound, or see your bones or muscles.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) range from victims suffering mild concussions to losing consciousness. Knowing the symptoms of a TBI can help keep it from getting worse and leading to long-term damage.
According to Mayo Clinic, TBI victims may suffer:
- Persistent headaches
- Dizziness or fatigue
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Problems with speech and sensation
- Changed sleeping patterns
- Mood swings
- Poor memory and concentration
- Poor balance and coordination
- Acting out of character
- Lapsing into a coma
In milder cases, the doctor may order you to rest and return for follow-up appointments. However, if you sustained a moderate or severe TBI, you may need more intensive treatment, like surgeries, prescription medications, and different forms of rehabilitation.
Spinal Cord Injuries
According to Cleveland Clinic, spinal cord injuries stem from a sudden, violent jolt to the vertebrae. These fractured bones damage the spinal cord and nerves. Depending on the injury's severity, you could lose total or partial mobility and sensation below the affected site.
Spinal cord injuries can take time to show symptoms, so get medical help immediately if you develop:
- Reduced sensation and weakness in the arms and legs
- Breathing problems
- Unusual lumps up the spine
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Severe pressure pain in the back and neck
The doctor may run tests, like CT scans, MRIs, and x-rays, to determine your specific injury and its severity. From there, they may suggest cortisone injections and physical therapy to help you regain your strength and mobility.
Broken Bones and Fractures
If a rider falls off or gets thrown from their motorcycle, they could fracture their arms or wrists while trying to break their fall.
Sometimes, a motorcyclist may be in a driver's blind spot. When it comes time for them to change lanes, they could hit the motorcyclist or even crush them if there's a vehicle or a wall on the other side. As a result, the rider could suffer a broken leg and other fractures.
Mayo Clinic affirms that whiplash is most common in rear-end collisions. This injury usually occurs when the victim's head snaps back and forth, like a whip crack. Similar to traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, symptoms take a few days to manifest.
You may have sustained whiplash if you experience:
- Neck pain and tenderness
- Ringing in ears
- Fatigue or dizziness
- Loss of range of motion
- Poor memory and concentration
- Tingling sensations or numbness in the arms
- Poor sleeping habits
Usually, victims can make a full recovery, especially if they start treatment immediately. If they delay, it may take longer to heal, and they could deal with other complications.
Partner With Our Marietta Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
Drivers should exercise caution while on the road, but whenever they see a motorcyclist, they should take extra precautions, like checking blind spots and adjusting their speed. Failing to do so could cause devastating accidents and long-lasting injuries. You may pursue compensation if such a situation hurts you or a loved one.
While you get treatment for your injuries, our Marietta personal injury attorneys lead your case. We can develop your claim, evaluate your damages, and seek compensation for you. To start working with Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group, contact us today at (404) 609-1724. We offer free case reviews to all prospective clients.
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