Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Atlanta
Because of the lack of protection that a motorcycle provides the rider, a serious accident often results in catastrophic injuries or death. If you have been injured in an accident, speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer Atlanta at the Ferguson Law Group as soon as possible. As one of the biggest personal injury firms in the state, our attorneys have decades of experience and the knowledge and resources needed to build a solid case on your behalf and hold the negligent party responsible for damages.
Motorcycle Injury Attorney Atlanta
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you need representation from an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer from the Ferguson Law Group. Our motorcycle injury attorneys will fight to obtain the maximum possible compensation on your behalf.
In many cases, the motorcycle rider pays a higher price. Many accidents that involve motorcyclists involve another vehicle as well. An accident that involves a single motorcycle is often due to failure to account for weather or traffic conditions, a lack of motorcycle riding skills or the rider is impaired. Accidents that involve passenger cars and motorcycles often have catastrophic injuries since the motorcycle rider does not have the same type of protection that a driver in a passenger car does.
Motorcycle Accident Claims in Atlanta
When a motorcycle rider is seriously injured due to the negligence of the driver of a commercial truck or a passenger car, they may have a claim for compensation.
In Georgia, compensation can include payments for:
- Medical bills
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Loss of consortium
In the event of the rider’s death, the surviving family members may be able to recover compensation in a wrongful death claim.
If you have lost a loved one or you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, the Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers at the Ferguson Law Group are here to help. Our dedicated and compassionate attorneys know just how devastating a motorcycle accident can be and will work hard to obtain the maximum compensation for your losses and injuries.
How a Motorcycle Injury Lawyer Can Help
The lawyers at the Ferguson Law Group can help assess the many factors that led to the accident, help you pursue a claim for compensation, and investigate the accident. We will take over communication with the insurance company, to protect your case and to prevent the insurance company from trying to take advantage of you.
An insurance company often treats motorcycle riders unfairly in an attempt to maximize profits by denying or delaying claims for compensation for damaged property and injuries. At the Ferguson Law Group, we will immediately begin working on building your case by investigating the accident, gathering evidence, hiring experts, and speaking with eyewitnesses. Our attorneys have decades of collective legal experience and have obtained countless favorable verdicts on behalf of our clients.
Skilled, Knowledgeable Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Many of our attorneys have extensive experience working with insurance companies and defending insurance claims. Our motorcycle injury lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of how a motorcycle accident claim works and what strategies an insurance company will try to use to fight a claim. This means that our attorneys can anticipate the types of arguments an insurance adjuster and their team of attorneys will make and can use that knowledge to build a strong case.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
A motorcycle accident is usually caused by the negligence of another driver. The driver may not have been paying attention to the road or they were not following the rules of the road. Our motorcycle accident attorneys can evaluate the cause of your crash and help you pursue a claim for compensation.
Other common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
Unsafe Lane Changes
A motorcycle rider must always be aware of their surroundings when they ride. Many types of accidents can happen with no warning. Even a collision on a small road can have catastrophic results. When a motorist fails to notice a motorcyclist and makes an unsafe lane change, the results can be devastating.
To make matters worse, motorcyclists often get the blame for an accident that was caused by another driver.
Many drivers will claim they didn’t see the motorcyclist before crashing into them. This means the driver probably wasn’t paying attention before they crashed. Distracted driving is often to blame for this type of accident. A driver may be talking on their phone or texting, or they may be speaking to a passenger or trying to eat as they drive.
When a driver is driving over the speed limit, they usually don’t have enough time to slow down to avoid crashing into a motorcycle rider. Since a speeding driver is traveling at a very high speed, it often results in fatal accidents or serious injuries.
Tailgating and weaving in between traffic are a couple of examples of reckless driving that can result in a motorcycle accident.
Common Motorcycle Injuries
Common types of motorcycle accident injuries include:
Road rash is one of the most common types of motorcycle accident injuries and it involves the rider sliding across the pavement. This can result in the skin being scraped on several areas of the rider’s body. In some cases, road rash can result in permanent nerve damage.
In a serious motorcycle accident, broken bones in the arms, legs, face, and hands are quite common. Depending on the location and the severity of the break, it may take the accident victim several months to fully recover.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Even if the rider is wearing a helmet when they crash, they can still sustain a serious injury to the head. TBIs may seem mild initially, but even a concussion should be taken very seriously. Fractured skulls or bleeding on the brain may not be apparent for several hours after a crash.
Spinal Cord Injuries
An injury to the spine can be very severe. Sometimes, a spinal cord injury can result in the paralysis of the arms and legs. When these types of injuries occur, the accident victim must speak to an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible.
Insurance Company Settlement Offers
Many motorcycle accident victims are tempted to accept the settlements offered by the other driver’s insurance company. However, in most cases, this offer is very low and will not begin to cover the cost of initial and ongoing medical treatment and lost wages. Before accepting a settlement offer from an insurance company, you must discuss the offer with a lawyer. What may initially seem like a fair settlement amount may turn out to be significantly less than what you deserve. If you have sustained a serious injury in the accident, you and your family deserve to be compensated for lost income, the loss of future income, medical bills, and any other type of expense that’s related to the accident and the injuries you have sustained.
While you can negotiate for a fair settlement with an insurance company on your own, hiring an attorney with experience in motorcycle accident cases can significantly increase your chances of winning a higher settlement. A lawyer who has dealt with insurance companies in the past will know what strategies to use to get the insurance company to agree to a fair settlement. A lawyer will review any offer the insurance adjuster makes and can help you decide if you should accept the offer or demand more compensation. With their years of experience negotiating with insurance adjusters, a lawyer will fight to ensure you receive every penny you deserve.
How Much is a Motorcycle Accident Claim Worth?
The value of a claim will heavily depend on the conditions in which the accident occurred, how many parties were involved, and the extent of your injuries. Permanent disabilities or severe injuries often have a higher claim value compared to minor injuries. Unfortunately, in a motorcycle accident, the injuries are often severe. A lawyer will investigate your case to pinpoint who should be held accountable for your accident and will give you a rough estimate of how much your claim is worth based on who is responsible, the cost of your medical bills, how much time you’ve missed from work, property damage, and your pain and suffering. A lawyer will work tirelessly to build your case to obtain the money needed to make you whole again.
What to Do Following a Motorcycle Accident
The moments following an accident are chaotic. If you’ve been in an accident you may have been seriously injured. If possible, anyone in a motorcycle accident should take the time to do the following steps for their own safety and to protect their legal rights:
- Do not flee the scene of the accident. If necessary, contact emergency services. If you have been injured, do not try to stand up. Wait for emergency personnel.
- Take photos of the accident, the damage to your bike and the other vehicle involved, as well as photos of your injuries.
- Gather information from anyone who witnessed the accident, such as their phone number, and address. Obtain the other driver’s personal information and insurance information including their insurance policy number, license plate number, the vehicle’s make and model, and their phone number and home address.
- Write down any details of the accident as soon as possible and be very specific. Write down the position, locations, and time of the accident, note what the weather was like and what the road conditions were like. Was there any debris in the road? Were the traffic lights working? Were traffic signs missing?
- File a police report and obtain a copy.
- Avoid discussing the specifics of the accident with friends or on social media.
- Avoid giving a statement to an insurance adjuster until you have spoken to an attorney.
- Do not have repairs made to your motorcycle. While doing so may be tempting, it’s important to preserve this type of evidence and have the bike examined by an expert.
- Seek immediate medical attention. Do not wait to see your primary care physician. Instead, you must head directly to the emergency room. You may feel okay after a motorcycle accident. There may be some simple bruising and road rash, or you may have a dull headache. In some cases, serious injuries may not be apparent for several hours after an accident. By going to the emergency room right away, an insurance company will not be able to claim that your injuries occurred after the accident took place. You must follow the emergency room doctor’s treatment instructions and schedule a follow-up appointment with your physician as soon as possible. Your medical records will be used as evidence in your claim.
After you have followed these steps, contact an accident attorney Atlanta.
Meet with a Personal Injury Lawyer
Meeting with an injury lawyer as soon as possible can be crucial to the outcome of your case. An attorney will immediately set to work gathering evidence before it becomes lost or fades. The attorney may even hire a private investigator and send them out to the scene of the accident to take photos of the area. Gathering evidence in the immediate aftermath of an accident can ensure your lawyer can build a solid case, one that clearly indicates the other driver was responsible for your injuries. Do not hesitate to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. If you are in the hospital or stuck at home due to serious injuries, have a family member or trusted friend contact a lawyer on your behalf.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Atlanta
While there’s no way to prevent other people from driving carelessly, you can hold them accountable for your accident. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the motorcycle injury lawyers at the Ferguson Law Group as soon as possible to schedule a consultation. We can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries, property damage, and more. You deserve to have an Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney on your side who is knowledgeable about motorcycle accident laws. Contact our office today to learn more about your options for pursuing compensation and how to protect your rights.
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