Motorcycle riders are much more vulnerable than drivers in cars and trucks. Metal does not encase a motorcyclist, and a rider does not wear a seatbelt. Therefore, a collision between a car and a motorcycle can cause more severe injuries than an accident involving two vehicles.
If a motor vehicle crashed into you while riding a motorcycle, you might have experienced devastating and life-threatening injuries to your head, neck, and back. You may have suffered broken bones and deep cuts. You may have even lost a limb or become paralyzed.
After receiving treatment in the hospital, you might face a lengthy recovery period from your injuries. You may be unable to work, and your family now struggles to make ends meet. Doctors may have told you that even after surgeries, chiropractic treatments, and physical therapy, you will never make a full recovery.
After missing several months of work, you might discover that you can never return to your old job. You may have to seek employment in a new field, or permanent disability may keep you from ever working.
An Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help you seek justice. Ben Crump Law, PLLC, has represented clients across the United States in personal injury cases, including motorcycle accidents. We may be able to file a lawsuit against the driver who hit you and pursue a financial award to compensate you for your losses. Contact us today at (800) 235-0444 for a free case review with a team member.
How Motorcycle Collisions Occur
Because of the size of a motorcycle, drivers in other vehicles might not see them as easily as they see cars or trucks. An object, such as a sign, a utility pole, or another vehicle, can easily obstruct a driver’s view of a motorcycle. A person in a larger vehicle may not pay attention and miss seeing a motorcycle until it is too late to avoid a collision.
Accidents frequently occur when a motorist and who wants to make a left turn does not realize that a motorcycle has approached the intersection. In other instances, a car or truck driver does not see a person on a motorcycle as they attempt to pass the motor vehicle, cutting them off and causing an accident.
An individual operating a larger vehicle might also violate a traffic law. Talking or texting on a cell phone, speeding, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are common causes of collisions involving motorcycles, cars, and trucks across the United States.
In some cases, a motorcyclist might quickly change lanes, and a car driver does not see the lane change until a collision becomes unavoidable. Some bikers engage in lane splitting (the practice of riding between two lanes of stopped traffic) despite it being illegal under O.C.G.A. § 40-6-312, which could lead to a collision if a truck or car swerves into their path.
For a free legal consultation with a motorcycle accidents lawyer serving Atlanta, call 800-924-3113
How an Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help You
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can investigate the circumstances that led to the collision to determine liability. Our team can review the police report, statements from you and other eyewitnesses, and any video of the crash that might exist. If you and the other driver give conflicting accounts or any confusion arises, we might hire an accident reconstruction expert to figure out what happened.
If the other driver was liable for the collision that injured you, we could help you file an insurance claim against their policy. If that does not fully cover your injuries, we might file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. We can seek a financial award to compensate you for past and future medical bills, repair costs for your motorcycle, lost income, lost or reduced earning potential, and pain and suffering.
Our Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers can often negotiate a settlement without going to trial. Sometimes, however, we cannot agree with the other party’s insurance adjuster or attorney on an award that we believe would fairly compensate you. In those instances, we can take a case to court to seek justice. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today for a free case review during which a team member can outline all these scenarios.
How Comparative Negligence Affects Your Case
The attorney representing the other driver might argue at trial that you did something that contributed to the collision and leaves you partly responsible for your injuries. For instance, the lawyer might argue that you did not wear a helmet, as required by O.C.G.A. § 40-6-315, and that failure contributed to the severity of your injuries.
Georgia has a modified comparative negligence statute (O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33) that might allow you to obtain financial compensation in that scenario. You could receive a monetary award if you were less than 50 percent responsible for the accident. The judge will reduce any settlement you receive in proportion to your amount of fault for the collision.
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Contact an Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you think that you cannot afford to hire an Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer, you should know that Ben Crump Law, PLLC, operates on a contingency basis. That means we do not charge personal injury clients any money upfront. We only collect a fee if we secure a settlement on behalf of a client or get a verdict in our client’s favor at trial.
According to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is two years. Investigating a motorcycle accident, determining liability, and building a case can become a complicated process, especially if you and the other driver disagree on what happened.
Your case could take months, or even years, to resolve. In the meantime, you continue to incur medical costs, and your family might struggle to cover necessities, such as housing, food, and utilities. You might benefit in this situation from working with a personal injury attorney.
Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 235-0444 to discuss your case with a team member.