Motorcycle accidents have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries, emotional trauma, and material damages. If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you understand just how terrifying it can be. These accidents can be terribly devastating and can flip your life on its head. You may be swamped with hospital/doctor bills, be missing a lot of work to try to recover from your injuries, and struggling to enjoy your daily life like you did before. Our Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer understand how life-changing these events can be and we are here to help you get the compensation for the injuries and damages you have sustained. We dedicate our practice to helping victims like you get the result they deserve. After you read a bit about your case and learn more about the legal side of things, please do not hesitate to call our office to set up a free consultation.
Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The injuries that are sustained in a motorcycle accident can range in severity. Some people are lucky enough to have injuries that can heal in a reasonable amount of time while others are left injured for the duration of their life. Because of the lack of protection from the vehicle itself, motorcycle accidents can inflict much worse damage on the driver than if they had been in a car. The most common types of motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Road burn
- Concussions and contusions
- Spinal cord damage
- Head, neck, or back injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal organ damage
If your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, you would be able to bring a wrongful death case against the liable party.
If you were lucky enough to survive your accident, you need to understand how very important it is to seek immediate medical attention. It is the most important thing you can do for yourself. Health is a delicate thing when you have been in a motorcycle accident. If you have been injured, you need to tend to those injuries and get thoroughly checked out. You may feel like the pain is not too bad after your accident, but that is most likely adrenaline in your system masking the immediate pain. You do not want to wait, worsen your condition, then be in much more pain later on. You also do not want to wait to seek medical attention because when the insurance company looks at your records and they see a gap in treatment, they are going to try to reduce or eliminate your case by saying you were either not injured badly enough or that you are lying about how you got those injuries. It is always best to seek medical attention right away to avoid this affect you.
How Georgia Motorcycle Accident Compensation Works
When you seek compensation, you are seeking a monetary award for your injuries and damages. That includes past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, and pain and suffering. These are the main components to compensation. You are generally awarded a monetary amount based on those things and with a good lawyer, you can collect a full award. However, Georgia follows the rules of modified comparative negligence which affects how much of the award you are permitted to collect. If you are more than 50 percent for the accident, then you would not be permitted to take compensation for your damages or injuries. If you are less than 50 percent at fault for the accident, then your award would be reduced by the amount of fault you bore. Ideally, you would want to share no fault and have no reduction to your award, but if you were to be, that fault would affect your award. For instance, if you were going through an intersection where you had the green light and someone smashed into your motorcycle causing you severe injury but you were also going 10 mph over the speed limit, you might be 10 percent responsible for the accident. That would make your $100,000 award reduce to a $90,000 award. We work very hard to protect your rights to full and fair compensation from the liable party’s insurance company.
Contact Our Office Today for a Free Consultation
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, please do not hesitate to call Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer Christopher Gunnels for competent, experienced, and caring representation. We offer free initial consultations/case evaluations where we will go over the details of your accident. Once we get to work for you, we will collect and protect your evidence, track down your witnesses, and determine who the liable party is. Then we will be sure to get the best possible result from the liable party’s insurance company. If you want full and fair compensation, please call our office today.