On a motorcycle, it’s just you and the road. That makes motorcycles exciting and fun to ride, but it also means that motorcyclists face extra danger in a crash. Motorcycle fatalities are on the rise nationally, with more than 5,000 cyclists killed in accidents in 2015. If you are in a motorcycle accident in Albany, you may be facing serious injuries, months of medical treatment and huge medical bills. You may be temporarily or permanently disabled and unable to return to work. But you do not have to bear the cost of your accident alone. An Albany motorcycle vehicle accident lawyer can help you get the money you need and deserve.
At John Foy & Associates, we have just one goal: to get accident victims the money they need to recover as fully as possible and move on with their lives. We have maintained that focus ever since we started our practice two decades ago. We are now one of the largest law firms in Georgia, and we have helped many motorcycle accident victims get the money they are entitled to. Let us give you a free consultation to discuss your case and explain what we can do to help you. Call us at 229-232-867800 and get your free consultation today.
What makes motorcycles accidents different than other types of accidents?
When you’re in a passenger car, you’re protected by many safety features such as seat belts and air bags. On a motorcycle, you don’t have the same kinds of protections. The freedom of the wind in your face comes at a price—even a minor accident can cause you to hit the pavement forcefully, and a more serious crash is likely to throw you from your cycle. This means that in an accident with a passenger car, you may be much more seriously hurt than the car’s occupants.
As motorcycle accident lawyers, we often see that insurance companies perceive motorcyclists differently than other drivers. There’s an image of a motorcyclist as a rebel, a reckless driver and a law breaker. We know this isn’t true—motorcyclists generally are extremely careful and safe drivers—but insurance companies don’t like to pay out claims, and they use these prejudices as an excuse to blame you for the accident or offer you far less money than your claim is really worth. It’s important to understand this and to talk to a good motorcycle accident lawyer before you sign anything or take any money from an insurance company.
What causes motorcycle accidents?
If you’re on a motorcycle, everyone may try to blame you for your accident. But most of the time, the accident isn’t the motorcyclist’s fault. Most motorcycle accidents are caused by another driver’s inattentiveness. Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles and other drivers often don’t notice them, but that’s their fault, not yours. Some of the most common reasons for motorcycle accidents are:
- A driver turning left that doesn’t see a motorcycle and cuts it off
- A driver changing lanes and hitting a motorcycle
- Drivers hitting motorcycles that are traveling between lanes of traffic
- Uneven pavement and other road hazards
Motorcycle accidents can be more complicated than other types of accident claims because there can be multiple causes, and because other people, including other drivers and sometimes even police officers, are prone to find fault with the motorcyclist. But if someone else’s carelessness or inattentiveness caused your accident, it was legally not your fault. The other person was “negligent” and they or their insurance company must pay for your damages. At John Foy & Associates, we use investigators to find out exactly what caused your accident, so we can build a case and get you the recovery you are legally entitled to.
What are the most common motorcycle injuries in Albany?
The injuries you suffer will depend on the circumstances of your accident and the kind of protective gear you are wearing. Wearing a helmet greatly reduces the chances of a serious head injury, and in fact Georgia requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet. Protective clothing can guard against road rash and other skin injuries. But no protective gear is perfect, and you may suffer these types of injuries even if you were wearing the best safety equipment:
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones
- “Road rash” and other types of cuts and scrapes
If you are in a motorcycle accident, be sure to get medical treatment right away. Many injuries get worse if you don’t treat them, and you will have a faster recovery if you seek medical attention right away.
What money can I recover in a motorcycle accident in Albany?
In the City of Albany and Dougherty County, you are entitled to 100% of the costs and damages from your motorcycle accident. This means that you can recover all your medical expenses AND the other financial losses you’ve suffered because of the accident. Typically, this includes:
- Medical costs such as doctors, hospitals, surgery and tests
- Prescription medication costs
- The pay you lost if you missed time from work because of the accident
- The cost of fixing your motorcycle or replacing a totaled bike
- Wrongful death damages, if a loved one died in the accident
Many motorcycle accidents cause serious, long-term damage, and the local courts recognize this and frequently award accident victims substantially more money for pain and suffering or a long-term disability. Judges know that money can’t make up for the effects of a tragic accident, but money can help you continue with your treatment and support yourself and your family while you concentrate on your recovery.
Talk to an Albany Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Free
At John Foy & Associates, we know how devastating a serious motorcycle accident can be. If you have been hurt in an accident in Albany, we don’t want you to struggle alone. We have over 20 years of experience helping motorcycle accident victims, and we would like to give you a free-no obligation consultation. Let us help you with your claim, and we won’t charge you a dime unless we are able to get money for you. Call us at 229-232-86780 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.