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If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the aftermath can be devastating. Though the injuries sustained as well as property damage can vary from one person to the other, the consequences can still be serious or traumatic. Since a motorcycle doesn’t have the same safety measures offered by cars and trucks, the injuries from the motorcycle accident can be severe, long-term and permanent ; in worse cases could be life threatening.
If you sustained an injury, whether long-term or permanent, that prevents you from doing even normal daily activities of life, chances are you will no longer be able to earn a living. You could lose your job and may not be able to work ever again; you could also suffer the loss of relationships. The aftermath of an injury would usually include pain and suffering, therefore, medication is a must. Medications and treatments such as physical rehabilitation will result in mounting medical bills.
Indeed, it can be hard and frustrating. However, with the help of a motorcycle accident lawyer, you can try and restore your original quality of life, through a fair compensation for all of the damages in a motorcycle claim settlement. Though no amount of money can make up for the losses you experienced, it is not a reason to stop pursuing your right.
At the Law offices of Sam Early we have highly skilled lawyers who will be able to represent you and guide you through the legal process for achieving just compensation.
The process involved in getting the damages after sustaining irreversible injuries and traumatic experience can be long and frustrating. It is only important that you know your legal rights and get assistance from a personal injury attorney who is an expert in motorcycle accident cases.
What should I do next if I am involved in Motorcycle Accident in Georgia?
The first thing you need to do is do a self-assessment. Check yourself for injuries. If you think you have injuries, see if a witness is present or someone involved in an accident can call for help. If you sustained injuries that caused you to experience severe pain and you cannot move, wait until help arrives on the scene. Afterwards, you will be transported to the nearest medical facility. If you can move and think that your injuries are not that serious, you should still have yourself checked by a medical professional. The medical records will be used to support your personal injury case.
If you are not injured, the next thing to do is:
– See if anyone involved in the accident is injured.
– Get the information from the other driver/s involved in the accident, including names, phone numbers, and insurance info.
– If you can, take pictures of the accident
– Most importantly don’t leave the scene until police officers arrive.
In Georgia, it is considered a crime if you leave the scene of an accident. Police officers will be asking you questions in regards to the accident to be included in their report. It is also important that you get a copy of the report made by the police officers for your own records.
Additionally, each state has specific motorcycle law. Generally, almost all vehicles have the same traffic laws, but with motorcycles, they have additional restrictions. An example is the wearing of helmets, footrest for a passenger, left and right mirrors, mufflers just to mention a few.
If you or anyone planning to use a motorcycle as your mode of transportation in Georgia, it is important that you familiarize yourself to these laws.
Talk to a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If and when the other driver’s insurance company offered a settlement, do not accept it without consulting a personal injury lawyer. You should talk to your personal injury attorney or look for one, before accepting any settlements. Most of the times, insurance companies will attempt to get you accept settlement offers early on before any knowledge of your injuries is known. And of course, the offer is usually very low, not even enough to cover your medical expenses alone.
At Georgia Motorcycle Attorney LLC, one of our experienced personal injury attorneys will help you understand what your options are to build a strong claims case against the other driver especially if he is mainly responsible for the accident. Your personal injury attorney whose expertise is mainly about motorcycle accidents will:
– Gather and review accident reports and police reports
– Contact key witnesses and analyze the data gathered
– Analyzing the scene of the crime
– Documentation of damages on the accident scene
– Review medical reports of injuries
– Contact insurance companies for you and on behalf of the case
– Investigate the driving history of the drivers involved in the accident
Your personal injury will determine the nature of your injuries sustained during the motorcycle accident. Of course, permanent injuries have many large settlements than temporary ones. The following are some of the injuries that will have a high effect on your settlement claims.
– Head trauma that will result in brain damage
– Bone fractures
– Spinal cord injuries
– Herniated or slipped disc
– Any injury that will require surgery
Your personal injury attorney will discuss the extent of these injuries to the jury during the hearing about how it affects your ability to function normally and affect your life as a whole.
Additional information in regards to the nature of the injuries as well as non-injury related damages, you can talk with one of our personal injury attorneys who can give you a free case evaluation.
Categories of the Motorcycle Accidents
At Georgia Motorcycle Attorneys LLC our attorneys are highly knowledgeable about the Georgia Motorcycle law. One of the steps that your attorney will need to take is to determine what type of motorcycle accident your case will fall into. This is to ensure that you have a strong claims case. There are several categories for a motorcycle accident and that is:
This is the most common type of motorcycle accident lawsuit. The driver of the other vehicle is mostly at fault due to his failure to operate or abide by the traffic laws and standards. Examples are intoxicated or driving under the influence, reckless drivers or passengers.
– Manufacturer Defect
This type can be attributed to defective or malfunction of the product during or after the manufacturing process. Examples are malfunctioning breaks, faulty brakes, defective tires and a lot more.
– Road Issues
The category covers motorcycle accidents that are caused by poorly maintained road, road constructions, defective road features etc. Some examples of road design issues are uneven road surfaces, incorrect signage, poorly designed barriers, misplaced guard rails, speed bumps and medians, poorly designed embankments, intersections, crosswalks and traffic flow.
– Wrongful Death
In cases where the motorcycle accident was fatal, the family and survivors may have legal recourse. Seeking the help of a personal injury lawyer can greatly help in supporting the surviving family members to deduce negligence on the part of the other driver.
Because motorcyclist is more exposed to danger during driving and has less protection, the injuries that are sustained in the accident are more serious. The aftermath of the accident can be traumatic not only to the victims but to their loved ones. In order for you to be successful in your claims, get in touch with one of our attorneys at Georgia motorcycle attorneys.
Rated As One Of The Best Motorcycle Injury Attorneys In Georgia By Martindale-Hubbell
Samuel E. Earley Jr. is a motorcycle injury claim lawyer from Winder, GA, a suburb just north of Atlanta who is viewed by his peers as an outstanding attorney in the USA for his practice areas of law. Sam graduated in Georgia State University of Law and was called to the Georgia Bar in 2004.
He is considered one of the preeminent lawyers in the USA by Martindale Hubbell. For over 100 years, the Bar Register has been a unique guide to the legal community’s most eminent professionals. It includes only those select law practices that have earned the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and have been designated by their colleagues as preeminent in their field.
Don’t wait until it is too late to seek justice for what happened to you or to a loved one, call us now for a free personal motorcycle accident injury case evaluation.