We know most motorcycle riders in Austell are responsible and drive safely on the roads. However, the truth is motorcycle accidents are also some of the most serious throughout the United States. The damage left from a motorcycle accident is often more serious than other automobile accidents since a motorcycle just doesn’t provide near the same degree of protection compared with cars and trucks. Serious injuries can force motorcycle victims to take time off work for recovery, and sometimes the consequences are permanent or even deadly.
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, you need the law on your side to ensure your recovery of the money you deserve. It’s time to schedule a consultation with an Austell motorcycle accident lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we’re constantly working to help motorcycle accident victims recovery what they need to pay for their costs and move on with their lives as completely as possible. We began as a small law firm over two decades ago, and have since grown to one of the largest and most respected law firms in Georgia. We’re here to help, and that starts with offering you a FREE consultation to talk about the details of your accident. For your free consultation, call us today at 404-400-4000, or complete the form to the right.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Motorcycle Accident?
Under Georgia law, accident victims are entitled to recover the FULL cost of the accident. That means you can legally pursue financial recovery for ALL damages you suffered because of the motorcycle crash. Those damages may include:
- Medical expenses: Costs of doctor visits, hospital stays, tests, physical therapy, surgeries, and prescription drugs
- Cost of repairing or replacing your motorcycle
- Lost wages from missing work time due to the accident and treatment for your accident injuries
- Wrongful death damages if a loved one was lost in the accident
Often, motorcycle accidents have long-term consequences for the victim(s), which is why it’s common for the local courts to award accident victims much more money. The goal is to get you enough recovery to cost your expenses and relieve financial stress, allowing you to get “back to normal” as closely as possible. We know money can never make up completely for what was lost, but we’ve found it can help ease the pain and make getting back on your feet much smoother.
My Loved One Was in a Motorcycle Accident. What Should I Do?
If a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, first, get them any necessary medical treatment as soon as possible. Next, make sure you or your loved one contacts the local police right away to report the accident. This will create a police report as proof that the accident happened.
After that, work on gathering as much information as you can about the accident. This includes:
- Exchanging information with any other driver who was in the accident: Get their first and last name, insurance information, license plate, and phone number
- Take photos of the accident scene, your loved one’s injuries, damage to their motorcycle, and anything else you think could be relevant to the case
- Talk to witnesses if anyone saw the accident happen. Get their contact information in case they need to give a statement about the accident
Also, be prepared that insurance companies may try to place the blame on your loved one simply because they were riding a motorcycle. They’ll also likely try to call and ask questions. Do not give a recorded statement or accept any money until you’ve contacted a motorcycle accident lawyer first. The lawyer will help ensure your loved one doesn’t say anything to insurers that can be used against them later.
If your loved one was killed in the motorcycle accident, this becomes a wrongful death case where you’re seeking damages on behalf of the deceased loved one. You’ll still want to gather as much information as you can before contacting a wrongful death lawyer.
What If I Can’t Work Because of My Motorcycle Accident?
If you’ve been injured to the point where you can’t work as you could before, your lawyer will help you pursue damages for this.
If you had to use sick leave or vacation time during your recovery, those will be included in your total damages and submitted to the insurance company of the at-fault party. So will any money you should have been earning during the time you took off to recover, as well as the one-fourth of your salary you didn’t receive if you get disability payments. Your insurance coverage may also cover some of the earning opportunities or wages you lost.
This is why it’s important to document every time you had to miss work because of the accident. You’ll also need to obtain:
- A doctor’s report acknowledging your injury prevents you from working, detailing the injury and how long it kept you from receiving wages. Your doctor should also note what treatments you received, your medical bills, and any prescriptions you were prescribed
- Police report from the accident, including mention of your injuries
- Employer report showing that you missed work because of your injuries
Being unable to work as you could before is hard in any situation—and the details can be complicated and confusing. That’s why working with a motorcycle accident lawyer can help you each step of the way and ensure you have the best chance for financial recovery.
Talk to an Austell Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Free
Motorcycle accidents can be incredibly painful and serious for victims. At John Foy & Associates, we want to help you recover for ALL the damages you suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence on the road. Don’t let anyone take advantage of you during the process. Work with an experienced lawyer who knows how to fight for you. We have more than 20 years of experience in this field, and we know how to win cases. For a no-risk, FREE consultation with one of our attorneys, contact us today. Call 404-400-4000, or fill out the form to the right.