Have you recently been injured in a motorcycle accident? Has someone that you know or love been killed in an accident involving a motorcycle? If so, then you need to contact the Law Office of John B. Jackson, an experienced Lawrenceville motorcycle accident lawyer serving Lawrenceville and the surrounding area. Do not make the mistake of accepting any compensation offered by the insurance company without first speaking to a professional attorney. Georgia’s Premier Injury lawyers will fight hard to ensure that you get everything you deserve. Not just what the insurance company hopes to get away with.
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What Should I Do If I’ve Been Involved In A Motorcycle Accident?
Among the first steps to take following an accident is gathering as much related information as you possibly can. For example, if another driver was also involved in the accident, then you need to get their information. You also need to speak with any nearby witnesses and gather their contact information if they are willing to provide it. Use your phone to take pictures of the scene and anything else that might be related.
Of course, you’ll want to contact the local police department as soon as possible to file a report. If you were the driver of the motorcycle, then it’s very likely the insurance companies will strive to place the blame on your shoulders. Having a report from the policing stating that the accident was not your fault will be extremely helpful when seeking compensation. And, if any injury occurred, then seeking medical attention should be a top priority as well.
You may be contacted by an insurance company; either yours or the other party’s, in an attempt to receive a statement. We advise that you do not provide any statements to the involved insurance companies until you have taken the time to speak with our motorcycle accident attorney. It is your right to receive professional legal representation in these situations. The legal representation you receive from our staff will protect you from harmful statements that may later be used against you.
Are Motorcycle Accidents Worse Than Other Auto Accidents?
Many drivers are drawn to motorcycles because of the feeling of solidarity it brings. Unfortunately, this feeling of solidarity and the reduced protection from walls can create a dangerous combination. Accidents on a motorcycle have a much higher chance of injury or death when compared to other auto accidents.
Roughly 13 percent of all auto accident deaths involve motorcycles, despite there being significantly fewer motorcycles than cars, trucks, or vans. The major problem is that cars and such are built with a plethora of additional safety features that protect the driver. Meanwhile, motorcycle drivers need to rely on additional clothing and gear for added safety. Motorcycle drivers are also more likely to lose control during dangerous weather conditions.
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Common Causes Behind Many Motorcycle Accidents
Many of the causes behind these accidents are shared with other forms of auto accidents. For example, failing to pay attention to the road or simple human error can lead to an accident. The major difference is that these accidents are more harmful to the driver than other auto accidents.
Another major factor behind many motorcycle accidents is the visibility of the bike itself. Nearly 80 percent of motorcycles involved in a two-vehicle collision were struck in the front. Almost half of those accidents happen when a car is turning left while the motorcycle is driving straight. The driver of the car fails to look or notice the motorcycle and a collision occurs.
A quarter of motorcycle accidents do not involve any secondary vehicle. In those cases, the driver of the motorcycle collides with an obstacle on the road. In around 40 percent of those cases, the driver of the motorcycle was under the influence of alcohol.
Who Can Be Included In A Lawsuit For A Motorcycle Accident?
When two vehicles are involved in an accident, the driver who is at fault is the responsible party and their insurance company provides compensation. Proving fault can be a tricky process. This is where the trained experts at the Law Office of John B. Jackson come into play. We investigate the accident entirely and use what we have learned to build a strong case for your defense. According to the law in Lawrenceville, as long as you less than fifty percent responsible for the accident you have a right to be compensated for certain things, such as:
- Wages lost after the accident
- Any pain and suffering you endured
- Any repairs to your vehicle
- Any medical expenses
Of course, along with not being at fault, you must also meet certain requirements according to Georgia law. Some of those requirements include:
- You must have a proper motorcycle license.
- You must not squeeze between two vehicles to get ahead of traffic.
- You and all additional riders must wear a helmet at all times.
- Your vehicle must have functioning lights and they must be used properly.
What If I Was In An Accident And Was Not Wearing A Helmet?
Under these circumstances, you may still sue for the damages listed above. This is only applicable if the other party as at fault.
What If There Were No Other Vehicles Involved?
Even if you are involved in a motorcycle accident without any other vehicles, you should still contact the Law Office of John B. Jackson as soon as possible. There are many possible causes for a one-vehicle accident. That means there may still be other negligent parties at fault who owe you compensation for your damages and your suffering.
What If I Was A Passenger In A Motorcycle Accident?
Once again, contacting a motorcycle accident attorney should be a top priority. It is highly unlikely you were at fault and thus very likely that you are owed compensation.
Is There A Time Limit For Filing A Claim?
Georgia Law states that you have two years following the accident to file a claim. Under no circumstances do we recommend waiting this long. Not only are their issues regarding the statute of limitations, but also the longer you wait the more difficult it is to receive adequate compensation. Witnesses will become more difficult to contact and testimonies will become less reliable. You should begin working with an attorney as soon as you possibly can.
Contact Our Lawrenceville Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
The Law Office of John B. Jackson offers free consultation services for anyone involved in a motorcycle accident. It doesn’t cost you a dime to find out if you have a fighting chance at receiving compensation. Our Lawrenceville personal injury lawyers have years of experience and legal training on their side. You can view many of our previous cases to see how adamantly we defend our clients. Pick up the phone and call us today at (770) 988-6155 for your free consultation.