When you’re in an accident on a motorcycle, you pay a heavy price. Without the safety protection that a car’s occupants have, a motorcyclist can easy suffer road rash, broken bones and other serious injuries. More than 5,000 motorcyclists lost their lives in bike crashes in 2015 alone. If you have had a motorcycle wreck in Columbus, you may be struggling under the weight of medical bills and wondering how long your recovery will take. Or you may have lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash. Our Columbus motorcycle accident lawyers can help you get the money you need.
John Foy & Associates understands what you’re going through, and we want to make the process of getting a financial recovery as easy as possible. With our 20-plus years of experience, we know how to build a case and strong-arm insurance companies into giving you what you need. Let us give you a free consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
Why are motorcycle accidents worse than car accidents?
Motorcycles are smaller and have a different shape than other vehicles on the road, and that means they’re easily missed by drivers who aren’t paying close attention. It’s common for other drivers to “cut off” motorcycles while turning, or hit them while changing lanes. This is especially true when the cyclist is “lane splitting,” or traveling between lanes of traffic on a congested street or highway.
When these accidents happen, they are often far worse for the cyclist than for the passengers in the car that hit it. Cars are bigger and there is a larger amount of space between the point of impact and the car’s occupants, especially in front and rear-end collisions. Cars today are also equipped with all sorts of safety equipment, including air bags and seat belts, that help protect the occupants during a crash.
Motorcyclists don’t have any of these advantages. There’s nothing between you and the road, and no seat belt to keep you from flying off your bike upon impact. Helmets and protective clothing help, but even a relatively minor motorcycle wreck can easily put you in the hospital.
What kinds of injuries can I recover money for?
You can recover money for any injury, as long as it was caused by the accident. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- “Road rash,” the cuts and scrapes that happen when your body skids along the roadway. Road rash can be painful and cause scarring. The risk of road rash is reduced if you wear protective clothing.
- Head injuries, including concussions and disabling traumatic brain injuries. Wearing a helmet has been shown to decrease the risk of a head injury.
- Broken bones.
- Injuries to the neck and back.
- Spinal cord injuries.
Even with the best protective gear in the world, motorcycle accidents can and do cause serious injuries, and you can recover all of your costs from the driver who was at fault. This means, at a minimum, you can usually recover money for medical bills, the cost of being hospitalized, prescriptions, physical therapy and the damage to your bike.
If you were more seriously injured or a loved one lost their life, you may be eligible for even more money. Money can’t erase the effects of the accident, but a good motorcycle accident lawyer can make sure you have what you need to pay your bills and have a secure future.
What if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
Helmets are required by law in Georgia and in the City of Columbus, but that doesn’t mean everyone wears one all the time. Many people leave their helmets at home for a quick trip, or occasionally don’t wear a helmet, just to get the feeling of wind in your hair. But not wearing a helmet can impact your claim for injuries.
First, it’s important to know that your helmet use has nothing to do with who caused the accident. If the other driver is at fault, they must pay, period.
However, not wearing a helmet could have caused some of your injuries, or could have made them worse than they otherwise would have been. If you have broken bones or road rash on your arms or legs, those injuries have nothing to do with whether you were wearing a helmet or not, and the insurance company should pay you the full cost of them. But if you have a head injury, you may recover less money if your head injury is worse than it would have been if you had had a helmet on.
As motorcycle accident lawyers, we’ve seen many cases where the other driver’s insurance company tried to deny the motorcyclist any money at all, simply because the motorcyclist wasn’t wearing a helmet. Insurance companies frequently view motorcyclists as lawless rebels, when in fact motorcyclists are often among the most careful drivers on the road. We take the time to investigate the accident fully, including sending you to medical experts who can assess your injuries and building a case for the insurance company or the local courts showing exactly how much – or how little – your injury was affected by not having a helmet.
How much will it cost to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer?
We don’t think it’s right to ask you to pay us up-front to help you get money after you’ve been injured. That’s why we use a “contingency fee” system in all our cases.
- First, we consult with you for free.
- Then, we take care of your case without ever asking you to pay a bill.
- Finally, if – and only if – we recover money for you, we’ll keep of percentage of what you receive.
Everything else is yours, and if yours is one of the rare cases where we can’t recover anything, you won’t pay us a dime.
Talk to a Columbus Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
At John Foy & Associates, or single goal is to get you money. We’ve been doing it successfully for more than 20 years, and we’d like to give you a free consultation to talk about your accident and how you were injured. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.