When operated safely and in accordance with all relevant laws, motorcycles can be fun and exciting hobbies for many Atlanta-area residents. And in the experience of our motorcycle accident lawyers, the vast majority of motorcycle users understand the importance of safety and diligence.
However, these motorcycle riders are still victimized by negligent drivers who do not safely share the road with motorcyclists. Those who drive cars or trucks often make simple, deadly mistakes around motorcycles.
Catastrophic personal injuries often result. But our motorcycle accident lawyers have helped the innocent victims of these collisions pursue justice and compensation for their injuries.
If you're an Atlanta, Georgia resident and you need an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer, please call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC today at 404-760-7400 for a free consultation.
Who Is Usually at Fault in a Motorcycle Accident?
As with all motor vehicle accidents, there can be several factors that go into a motorcycle accident and, in some cases, more than one liable party. Many accidents are caused by inattentive drivers who cut motorcyclists off or force them off the road. Others are caused by novice motorcyclists who fail to operate their bikes safely. But even in these seemingly black and white situations, there can be more than one cause of a motorcycle accident.
The best way to determine where fault should lie is through an investigation performed by a qualified attorney.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accidents in Georgia?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Georgia is two years from the date of the injury. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, acting swiftly is always the best option. This helps to ensure your accident can be properly investigated and may assist in securing compensation.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Discovering the true cause of a motorcycle accident requires a skilled, thorough and professional investigation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have decades of experience conducting just these sorts of investigations.
But while every accident is unique, we have seen enough of these collisions to understand that the root cause is almost always negligence. Specific forms of negligence in these accidents include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- A failure to notice a motorcyclist
- Stubborn refusal to safely share the road with motorcyclists
The tragic reality that all motorcyclists are aware of is that they can do everything right and still find themselves in an accident caused by another driver's negligence. This isn't right, and our Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers believe finding justice for motorcycle riders.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Because motorcyclists lack the protections of car and truck drivers, their accidents are even more devastating than traditional auto accidents. Even motorcyclists who take all proper precautions and wear helmets and other safety gear can suffer massive, life-altering injuries in a collision.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers have helped clients who have suffered:
Sadly, these sorts of injuries are all-too-common in motorcycle accidents. And we know these injuries carry with them massive medical bills in addition to extreme pain and suffering.
You can count on our motorcycle accident lawyers to pursue your case with passion and skill. We won't rest until we have pursued every avenue of compensation available to you.
Who Should I Contact First After My Motorcycle Accident?
If your accident did not result in hospitalization, the first person you should contact after a motorcycle accident is your physician. There are some injuries, including brain injury and spinal cord injury, which may take time to show symptoms. If these can be caught early on, treatment is likely to be more successful.
If you have sustained a serious injury, the second person to contact is a personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies often get to work quickly to offer settlements that fail to cover all damages. Talking to a lawyer helps give you a better idea of your rights and what your claim may be worth.
What Kind of Evidence Is Needed to Build a Case?
Evidence that can be useful in a motorcycle accident case include:
- Pictures or video of the scene
- Emergency personnel reports
- Witness statements
- Your own account
- Medical bills
When you work with Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, we will help you gather all necessary information. This may include expert testimony from an accident reconstructionist and other professionals as needed.
How you can prepare for your Case in Court
When you work with Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, we will prepare your case for court. This will require gathering all relevant documents, contacting witnesses, and securing expert testimony.
Very few motorcycle accident claims ever go to trial, but we prepare each case for just such an eventuality. If your case requires a trial, we will work with you every step of the way to help you understand what, if anything, will be required of you for your claim to progress.
What Kind of Compensation Should I Expect Once the Case Is Settled?
Compensation in a motorcycle accident may include:
- Medical reimbursement
- Wages lost during recovery
- Future wages lost due to new limitations
- Home modifications or adaptive technologies made necessary by your injury
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, damages may include:
- End of life expenses
- Projected future financial contributions
- Lost retirement benefits
- Loss of companionship
- Emotional suffering
Each case is unique and there is never a guarantee of compensation. During your initial consultation, we will provide honest information about the viability of your claim and help you determine what you may be entitled to seek through a personal injury lawsuit.
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If you're an Atlanta, Georgia resident and you've been hurt in a collision, you should speak to our motorcycle accident lawyers immediately. Please contact Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC today for a free consultation.