Through our extensive legal knowledge of representing individuals that have sustained motorcycle accident injuries, we’ve compiled the most often asked questions in order to help you make the right decisions…
I was in an accident with my motorcycle. How much does it cost to get represented?
We offer free consultations for all motorcycle injury cases. We take the cases on a contingency basis. This means you do not pay for our legal services unless you win or the insurance company settles. We handle negotiating with insurance companies and work hard to get the settlement or verdict you deserve.
Why should I choose Atlanta Personal Injury Law group for a motorcycle accident case?
Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group has helped lots of people injured in motorcycle accidents and is familiar with all the complex issues that can come up in these types of cases. Since a motorcycle offers minimal protection of its’ driver as compared to a four-wheeled vehicle, injuries in these types of accidents can be much more severe and the injuries can be much more complicated. Our firm is confident in investigating and presenting these claims to get you the most possible. Additionally, our firm Owner, Jennifer Gore-Cuthbert’s former boyfriend was unfortunately killed in a motorcycle related accident and so she has first-hand knowledge of how devastating these crashes can be.
How much does a personal injury attorney normally cost?
A personal injury firm typically works on a contingency fee basis. This means that our firm works on your case and at the end is paid a percent of the settlement obtained for you. This means we do not get paid unless you recover money. Also, this incentivizes our firm to get you the most possible, as we all benefit in that scenario. The percent of the contingency fee depends on whether the case was able to be resolved with or without going to court.
I was in an accident with my motorcycle with a semi-truck. Are there different steps or rules when it’s a company vehicle?
Motorcycle accidents with a semi-truck are very deadly. When you are involved with an accident involving a semi-truck, certain evidence needs to be gathered during our law firm investigative process to preserve evidence from the truck that could explain why the accident happened. Typically, because the truck driver is on the job, lots of information is gathered by the trucking company in their investigation. Some of these things include, training of the driver, vehicle maintenance, overloaded trucks, drug or alcohol abuse, and hours worked. If additional factors are at play to cause the accident, that can greatly change the outcome of the case.
How bad do I have to be hurt to file a claim against someone in an accident with a motorcycle accident?
Any injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident should be investigated and documented by a physician. It is important to create a paper trail or evidence surrounding your injuries because without that proof your claim will not be handled seriously.
I just had a motorcycle accident and the other drivers insurance company keeps calling me asking for lots of information. What do I do and how much information should I give them?
You should not speak with the other driver’s insurance company without seeking the advice of an attorney. There are many pitfalls that you may be unfamiliar with that the insurance company could try to trip you up with. It’s important to understand what information you do and do not have to provide. You should also know that you may be being recorded.
What happens if I was partially at fault during my motorcycle accident?
You should still speak with a law firm to be sure that is legally a fact. It’s very confusing at the scene of the accident and sometimes motorcycle drivers receive tickets for improper registration or something else that may not be related to who was actually at fault for the crash.
I was just in a motorcycle accident. How do I choose the best attorney?
You should choose a firm that has handled motorcycle accidents before and understands the complexities of investigating these cases. You can call us for a free consultation at (404) 436-1529.
I was in a motorcycle wreck, but wasn’t wearing a helmet. Will this cause problems for my court case?
Georgia requires all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. 40-6-315 of the GA Code requires all persons operating or riding on a motorcycle to wear protective headgear compliant with Board of Public Safety standards. Violation of this statute is a misdemeanor which can result in up to $1,000 in fines and a year in jail. In many cases, the courts impose a much lesser monetary fine, but it’s important to understand that aggravating factors could result in much more severe punishment.
Not only can you receive a ticket or be arrested for violating the helmet law, failure to wear your helmet can affect your personal injury settlement. Even if the other driver is at-fault for the accident, if you are injured worse because you did not have a helmet on, you may also be found negligent or partially at fault for your injuries or severity of injuries.
On the other hand, in Georgia, if you were not wearing your helmet and that is a factor in your injuries, the determining factor is whether you were more or less than 50% more responsible than the other person. Typically, the likelihood is that you would still be injured with or without a helmet when involved in a motorcycle accident. It is important that this legal analysis is done by an Attorney!
Can someone that was riding on the motorcycle with me also file a claim? And if they do, do we file together or separately? Also, can we have the same attorney?
Passengers of motorcycle accidents have the right to get compensated for their injuries. If the driver of the motorcycle is at-fault then it’s classified as a one-vehicle accident. A passengers’ claim must be made against the motorcycle driver. If the motorcycle driver is not at fault, then both the motorcycle driver and motorcycle passenger can file a claim against the at-fault vehicle. They can file them separately or with the same law firm, as long as there are no conflicts of interests, or those conflicts are waived.
When is the best time to contact an attorney after a bike accident?
The best time to seek legal advice about your motorcycle accident is immediately! There are many things that need to be done at the beginning during the motorcycle accident investigation to determine who is responsible, what insurance is available and what injuries resulted. The longer you wait to seek legal advice, the less evidence you may be able to preserve/collect.
If I’m seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and get hospitalized, who will pay for my medical bills during this process?
If you are seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, your lawyer will need to determine who was responsible for the accident, before we can determine who will pay for your bills. Once we have determined who is responsible we will be able to pursue the at fault person to get your bills paid.
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