If you or one of your relatives have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of some other party, it is important to your full-recovery that you call the Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers at the Law Office of John B. Jackson. Don’t accept the first offer given you by some Johnny-on-the-spot insurance adjuster.
Our firm has the skills and experienced personal injury lawyers in Georgia to fight for the full compensation you need and for a proper recovery.
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What Should I do After a Motorcycle Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered a motorcycle accident and been injured or even killed, it is important to gather as much evidence as you can as soon as possible. If another driver or drivers were involved in the accident, get names and information. Try to get the same information from any witnesses in the area who may have seen the event take place.
Be sure to get as many pictures as you can as well. Not just of the damage to your motorcycle but any other damage, skid marks, no-skid marks and traffic signals in the area.
You will also want to call the police to have officers make an official report of the accident. It is very common for insurance companies to try and blame the person on the motorcycle. But this is unfair and a good reason to call in the police to make a proper assessment of what happened. Be sure to call Emergency Medical Services (911) to take care of any injuries that may have been sustained in the accident.
It is also important that you notify all insurance providers. But, you can also have this done by your qualified motorcycle insurance lawyers. This will ensure everything is handled properly and you say or do nothing that can threaten the compensation you are entitled to.
How are motorcycle accidents different from auto accidents?
As you may have noticed, there is nothing protecting the motorcycle driver from the hard asphalt in case their motorcycle loses control or is impacted on the road. Sure, this is part of the thrill of riding a motorcycle but it also accounts for 13% of all motor vehicle accidents and carries a great risk of serious injury.
Cars and trucks are protected by the frame and chassis of the car and the presence of four contact points on the road. This improves the security and stability of the moving vehicle even when operating in bad weather.
Because a motorcycle accident often involves a person being thrown from their vehicle after being impacted, there is always an increased risk of head and neck injuries.
What are the Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
As in most accidents, it is driver inattention that causes the large majority of motorcycle accidents but the consequences are always far more severe. It is much harder to see a motorcycle than it is to see a car or truck. Recent statistics have shown that in over 42% of all two-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles, the driver of the car was turning left and turned into the path of a motorcycle that was moving straight. In 78% of all two-wheel vehicle crashes the motorcycle was impacted in the front.
But, one out of every 4 motorcycle accidents will have no other vehicle involved and is often caused by the motorcycle hitting a standing object or element on the road.
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Who Can Be Named in a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?
In a two-vehicle accident, the driver who is at fault and their insurance provider is responsible to cover the damages. But, this requires evidence that proves the driver was responsible. At the law office of John B. Jackson, we specialize in building strong cases. If you are less than 50% responsible for the accident, then under Georgia law you are entitled to recover:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost wages
- Repairs to your motorcycle
- Pain and Suffering
As a motorcyclist, you must abide by certain responsibilities under Georgia law:
- All riders, front or backseat, should wear helmets.
- You are not permitted to “lane split” or squeeze in between other vehicles to get ahead.
- You must ride with head and tail lights on.
- You must have the proper license to operate any motorized bike.
What if I Wasn’t Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet?
There is still a chance to sue for damages if the other driver was responsible for the accident.
Can I File a Motorcycle Injury Claim if I was in a One-Vehicle Accident?
There are many reasons that you should call our motorcycle accident attorneys if you have been in a one-vehicle accident. It could be that your accident was caused by potholes, or road defects that lead to pooling water, malfunctioning lights and even unsafe traffic signs.
What If I Was Injured as a Passenger on a Motorcycle?
If you were a passenger in a motorcycle accident, then you are certainly not at fault in this situation. This means you have the right to file for a personal injury claim.
Are There Time Limits for Filing a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
There is a time limit that you should consider when filing a personal injury claim. The law in the state of Georgia says injured people have two years to file a claim after an accident. But, this is often much shorter, so the faster you begin making the claim the better it will be for you. Furthermore, there is a higher chance of success if you make the claim as promptly as possible.
Contact Our Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Attorneys for a Free Consultation
After a motorcycle accident, it is very important that you call your Atlanta personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of John B. Jackson. Our team has the experience and skill to make your case bullet-proof and will ensure you get the full compensation you deserve after carefully qualifying the damages.
Call the Law Office of John B. Jackson at 770-988-6155 and schedule your free consultation with our expert legal team.