Motorcycle riders can make mistakes that lead to accidents in Macon. After this type of accident, you have options if you were injured. Our Macon negligent rider accident lawyers can help you fight for compensation.
We have over 20 years of experience helping accident victims. With over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts, we know how to fight for your rights. Reach out today to discuss how we can help you. Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Should You Get a Lawyer After Your Accident?
In most cases, hiring a lawyer is the best idea. At the least, we recommend scheduling a consultation to discuss your accident. A lawyer can ensure you know your legal rights and options.
Also, the other side will look for ways to reduce what they pay you. It’s easy to get taken advantage of without legal knowledge. An attorney will handle the rider’s insurance company and protect your rights.
Here are some of the main reasons to work with a lawyer.
Handling Your Case Alone Could Cost You More
The cost of hiring a lawyer is a common concern. However, not having legal help can actually hurt you more.
Motorcycle accidents are often costly. Medical bills, lost wages, and other losses can add up quickly. Without knowing how to fight for compensation, you could end up with a lot of money on the table.
You shouldn’t have to pay for the costs of an accident you didn’t cause. A lawyer can help you fight to recover those costs as fully as possible. In the end, having a lawyer may save you a lot of money.
Georgia Law Is Complicated
It’s best to have expert knowledge of personal injury law on your side. Without help from a lawyer, you could be risking a lot.
Georgia has modified comparative fault laws under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-12-33. The other side might use these laws against you by blaming you for part of the accident. But an attorney will help protect you from unfair blame.
Your lawyer can review everything and determine your rights today.
We Have Networks of Experts
Experienced personal injury lawyers have connections. They can call on professionals and expert witnesses when building your case. Most injury victims don’t have access to these kinds of resources without an attorney.
Learn more about seeking fair compensation from John Foy & Associates today. We’ll evaluate your case and discuss your best options. If you choose to work with us, there’s no fee unless we win you money.
To get started with a free consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
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When to Speak with a Lawyer
There are critical legal deadlines after a motorcycle accident. In Georgia, you typically have two years to file a lawsuit. After those two years, you won’t be able to seek compensation for the accident.
It’s best to contact a lawyer well before the deadline. Ideally, call a lawyer within hours or days of your crash. If you wait too long, it will really hurt your case.
Accident evidence can fade or disappear quickly. If you call a lawyer as soon as possible, they can help you preserve essential information.
Recovering Damages Through Insurance
All motorcycle riders should carry auto insurance. According to Geico, the minimums for Georgia are:
- $25,000 for injuries per person
- $50,000 for injuries per accident
- $25,000 for property damage per accident
If a biker caused your accident, they are liable. Their insurance company should pay for your injuries and damage.
Insurance should cover the following damages.
Motorcyclists often suffer the worst injuries from an accident. However, other drivers can become seriously injured, too.
You can include any medical costs from your injuries in your claim.
Common medical expenses include:
- Doctor and hospital bills
- Prescription drug costs
- Future medical care
- Physical therapy
Consider all medical costs resulting from your accident. That includes future or ongoing treatment needs.
If you were working before the accident, you will probably need to miss significant work time. Many accident victims have to take a lot of time off or quit working entirely.
You can include any lost income in your injury claim. That includes raises, bonuses, or other income you might have earned if the accident hadn’t happened.
Your claim can also include the costs of repairing or replacing your vehicle.
Pain and Suffering
An accident can take a mental and emotional toll. Thankfully, Georgia law allows you to recover damages for pain and suffering.
Pain and suffering damages are about how the accident affects your life. Since they have no set dollar amount like medical costs, you’ll need help from a Macon motorcycle accident lawyer to calculate them.
Our lawyers use a formula to determine your pain and suffering damages.
What Is the Average Injury Claim Payout?
Compensation from a negligent rider accident varies by case. Injury settlements can range from thousands to millions of dollars, depending on the details.
A settlement will depend on:
- Your total damages
- The percentage of fault
- Whether or not you have a lawyer
- Whether or not you go to court
We can provide you with an average settlement based on your case.
Most accident claims settle without going to trial. However, there are situations where a court case is best. You and your lawyer can weigh the pros and cons of settling versus going to court.
Get Legal Help from Our Macon Negligent Rider Accident Lawyers Today
Get the legal assistance you need after your accident. At John Foy & Associates, we can help you pursue fair compensation for your losses. We’re available 24/7 to take your call. Contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation.
Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online now.