Without the safety features and body of a vehicle to protect them during collisions, motorcycle riders and passengers are especially at risk for severe injuries during accidents.
Along with physical damage, these injuries bring serious financial losses. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, consult with a Dallas personal injury lawyer from John Foy & Associates, and start working to secure your financial future.
Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents
According to data from the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS), 3,948 motorcycle accidents occurred in the state during the most recent full year of data collection. These accidents resulted in 705 suspected serious injuries, 2069 cases requiring emergency transport to a hospital, and added 1,487 patients to Georgia’s trauma centers. The DDS also reports that motorcycles, which represent only 2% of registered vehicles, “are consistently overrepresented in traffic fatalities.”
Commonly experienced motorcycle accident injuries include traumatic brain injury, limb lacerations or amputations, broken bones, damage to internal organs, and spinal cord damage, among others.
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Determining Who Is Responsible for Your Dallas Motorcycle Accident
When someone else’s recklessness or negligence causes you injury, that party must compensate for those injuries and their related consequences. For example, if the operator of another vehicle is drunk, speeding, or distracted and collides with you, that vehicle operator is the at-fault party. If you are driving on a road so poorly maintained or poorly lit that you lose control of your motorcycle, the government entities overseeing those roads may be responsible.
Should your vehicle malfunction, the manufacturer of the vehicle or the affected part may be culpable. Your Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer from John Foy & Associates will investigate your accident and its potential causes thoroughly, ensuring the responsible party or parties are held accountable.
A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Dallas Will Fight for the Settlement You Deserve
After a motorcycle accident, you may want to avoid calling a lawyer simply because you are overwhelmed by your physical injuries and emotional trauma. It is, however, very much in your best interest to make that call.
As your legal representative, your lawyer will handle all communication with insurance companies and responsible parties, keeping you well-informed along the way and allowing you to concentrate on recovery.
Your Lawyer Knows the Value Of Your Case
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Dallas will evaluate all aspects of your case and consider your future needs to determine a reasonable settlement. Your lawyer will assess your economic losses and needs, including medical bills and future expenses as well as your lost wages, lost potential income, and property damage.
Non-economic losses also affect your settlement, and your lawyer from John Foy & Associates will factor in the emotional, social, and psychological suffering you and your loved ones have, and may continue to, experience.
Your Lawyer Will Negotiate Your Case
Most settlements are negotiated with the at-fault party’s insurance representatives. Insurance companies want to protect their assets, which means they do not want to pay you a large settlement. Often, they convince victims to accept unjust and inadequate settlements through questionable means.
When victims have legal representation, insurance companies are less likely to make low offers and know they will not get away with dishonest pressure tactics. If the at-fault party does not have adequate insurance to cover your needs, your lawyer can help you pursue compensation directly from the at-fault party’s assets.
Your Dallas Motorcycle Accident Attorney Will Represent You in Court
Most personal injury cases settle out of court. However, there are times when insurance companies and at-fault parties put up a fight in an attempt to avoid or delay paying you compensation. Should this happen, your expert Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer will be prepared to represent you at all court proceedings.
Navigating laws, legal documents, and procedures, and communicating with insurance companies are complicated, stressful processes. It is easy to make an error, miss a deadline, or agree to a low settlement just to “get things over with.” With a lawyer from the Strong Arm of Georgia managing your case, you will not have to deal with this stress or risk losing the compensation you need and deserve because of a procedural error or intimidating insurance adjustor.
Consult With a Dallas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Promptly
Your first concern after an accident is your health and safety. After that, and as soon as you are able, consult with a Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer.
Statute of Limitations
Georgia has a two-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim. This means you have two years from the date of your accident to file. If you miss that deadline, your case will almost definitely be dismissed.
It is not in your best financial interest to delay filing even within the deadline. The negotiation process can be lengthy, and if your case goes to trial, you can expect to wait an additional year or more for a result.
Move Toward Financial Relief
By consulting with a lawyer and filing your claim promptly, you not only ensure you will meet the statute of limitations, but you can immediately start building a strong case and moving toward financial relief. With early access to your situation, it is easier for your lawyer to accumulate important evidence.
They can gather witness statements while the details of the incident are still fresh and collect testimonies from your caregivers throughout the stages of recovery.
Additionally, they will have access to your medical interventions, progress, and prognosis.
Protect You from False Claims
Since at-fault parties want to deflect responsibility and protect themselves from payouts, chances are they will look to place blame for the accident on you.
Under Georgia’s modified comparative law, a plaintiff (the person filing the personal injury claim) can only receive compensation if they are less than 50% responsible for the accident. If the plaintiff carries less than 50% of the fault, but still holds some percentage of it, compensation is reduced by that percentage. Your lawyer will protect you from the responsible party’s attempts to place fault for the accident on you or exaggerate your level of responsibility.
Protect Your Interests With Legal Representation
Securing expert legal representation after a motorcycle accident is vital. Your lawyer will advocate for you, working toward a settlement to cover your medical costs, provide financial security, and give you a measure of justice.
Reach out to John Foy & Associates today. We will respond quickly to schedule a free consultation.