Even though the vast majority of traffic accidents involving motorcycles happen because of negligent drivers, there are times when a careless rider can be the source of the accidents as well. If a negligent rider caused you to suffer an accident, you can recover compensation for your damages. Our Mableton negligent rider accident lawyers can provide you with a free consultation on your case.
When you choose to get your legal representation from John Foy & Associates, you are choosing over 20 years of legal experience and a dedicated team that works hard for clients, all backed by our client testimonials. You can rest easy knowing that the best is fighting for your claim. Call us today at (404) 400-4000 to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys.
How Do Your Lawyers Hold Negligent Riders at Fault?
The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-12-33 outlines the comparative fault rule. In this rule, you must be less than 50% responsible for your own accident. Any percentage you are found liable for your accident will get deducted from your final settlement amount.
Because of this rule, a lawyer needs to establish that the motorcycle rider involved in your accident was wholly or primarily responsible. We do so by showing at negotiations or trial key evidence that shows that the rider was negligent in their actions and didn’t exercise their duty of care for others. There are many negligent actions a rider could’ve been doing that we can help you prove.
Motorcycles can get up to very fast speeds in a very short amount of time. Many responsible motorcycle riders know this and will control their speed, so they follow the proper limits and ensure their safety and others.
However, sometimes they can lose track of how fast they’re going, resulting in disastrous crashes. Our lawyers will review your case and see if speeding was one of the root causes of your accident.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, both legal and illegal, is against the law. Many negligent riders enter into accidents because they were intoxicated prior to getting on their motorcycle.
If the rider at fault for your accident was drunk or high during the time of your accident, we can file a claim for both your regular damages and punitive damages as well. While punitive damages aren’t always guaranteed in every negligent rider accident case, drunk driving can fit as one of the criteria that allow you to qualify for them.
Reckless driving is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents outside of drunk driving and speeding. Most negligent riders feel that since their motorcycle is smaller than other vehicles on the road, they can get away with not following the state’s set traffic rules. This leads them to weave in between lanes, aggressively switching lanes, and blatantly disregarding traffic lights and signage.
Even though proving reckless driving is difficult, our negligent rider accident attorneys have many ways to do so. We can hire various experts, such as accident reconstruction experts, to go over your case and provide supporting testimony that can show that the motorcycle rider’s reckless acts on the road caused your accident to occur.
Should I Retain a Lawyer for My Case?
Ultimately, the decision to retain a lawyer is your choice. Anyone can file a claim and represent themselves during the negotiation process or in court. While recovering compensation alone is possible, it is extremely difficult. You have a better chance of getting the proper amount you need in your settlement with the assistance of a lawyer.
When you deal with insurance companies, you face a large business with a lot of resources at its disposal. To better balance the terms of negotiations, having a strong and experienced attorney by your side can help you get the maximum amount of compensation in your settlement. You don’t have to settle for less when you get professional legal representation.
Retaining a lawyer is an investment more than it is an expense. You shouldn’t let insurance adjusters convince you that legal aid is unnecessary. Please contact our law office soon after your accident to discuss all of the legal options you have.
Call the Negligent Rider Accident Lawyers at John Foy & Associates Today
When you reach out to our negligent rider accident attorneys in Mableton, you don’t have to pay any upfront fees. We provide all new clients with a free case review and initial consultation. If our attorneys can’t win you compensation for your accident, you pay us nothing.
Please fill out our contact form online or call us today at (404) 400-4000.