Motorcycle accidents and the injuries that follow can be devastating. The physical, financial, and legal recovery process is often difficult and complicated.
To ensure the healthiest physical and financial future after your motorcycle accident, schedule a free consultation with a Riverdale motorcycle accident lawyer from John Foy & Associates. You need to know what options are available in pursuing compensation for your injuries.
How a Riverdale Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help You
The statute of limitations for filing is two years from the date the accident occurred. It is in your best interest to contact an attorney as quickly as possible after your accident occurs.
Your injuries are likely to have you in pain and/or incapacitated. While you focus on your physical and emotional recovery, your lawyer will construct your case, deal with insurance companies, and file lawsuits to hold responsible parties accountable and ensure you remain financially secure and have access to continued medical care.
Your motorcycle accident lawyer in Riverdale knows what evidence to collect to build the strongest case. Additionally, your lawyer from John Foy & Associates will have the legal expertise to deal with insurance companies that often seek to delay or deny payouts.
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Why You Need Compensation for Damages Suffered
The damages caused by a motorcycle accident can be life-changing. A fair settlement can help you work through those changes and bring some level of restoration.
If you didn’t cause your injury, you should not have to pay the medical expenses for your rehabilitation. Medical expenses are not just for your physical needs, but for the emotional trauma caused by the accident and the stress of your injuries.
Your motorcycle was likely damaged in the accident. Your compensation can pay to repair or replace your motorcycle. You may need to make structural changes to your home to accommodate your changed abilities.
If you lost wages because of missed work, have to change your line of work, or cannot work anymore, you need to recover those lost wages, both past and present, to ensure your financial security.
Sadly, motorcycle fatalities in Georgia have increased in recent years. If you are seeking compensation for a loved one killed in an accident or as a result of the ensuing injuries, you may be entitled to recover end-of-life expenses and other benefits.
How Georgia Comparative Negligence Laws Can Affect Your Compensation
When you have a motorcycle accident in Riverdale, the amount of your compensation is affected by Georgia’s modified comparative negligence statute. If you are found to be more than 49% responsible for the accident, you do not receive compensation.
If you are determined to be less than 49% responsible but still found to hold some fault, the total compensation you would have received is reduced by the percentage of your fault. In other words, if you are found 15% responsible, your total compensation is reduced by 15%. For your negligence claim to be established under Georgia law, you have to prove four elements:
- Duty of Care: The defendant owes you a level of care. For example, drivers have a duty to other drivers to drive safely.
- Breach of Duty: The defendant failed to provide their duty of care. For example, the other driver was texting and driving at the time of the accident.
- Causation: The defendant is responsible for damages because of the breach of duty.
- Damages: The plaintiff’s life has been significantly affected by the damages, whether physically, financially, emotionally, etc. (or in all of those areas).
These elements are not always easy to prove, especially if you are up against serious opposition. Trust your Riverdale motorcycle accident lawyer to investigate the causes of your accident thoroughly and represent your interests as the injured party.
Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
According to the Georgia Motorcycle Traffic Safety Fact Sheet Data, for the last full year of data collection, there were 3,948 motorcycle crashes. Of the 4,269 riders and passengers involved,
- 705 motorcyclists sustained suspected serious injuries
- 2,069 motorcyclists required emergency transportation to a hospital for their injuries
- 1,487 patients treated in Georgia trauma centers were there as a result of motorcycle-accident-related injuries
Even with protective gear, motorcycle operators and passengers are extremely vulnerable to serious injuries from motorcycle-involved traffic accidents. These injuries can include
- Road rash
- Damage to the spinal cord
- Broken bones and fractures
- Concussion and/or traumatic brain injury
- Musculoskeletal damage
- Damage to or failure of internal organs
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Limb lacerations/amputations
Such serious injuries demand serious recovery measures. For the strongest recovery options, trust your case to a motorcycle accident attorney in Riverdale, the firm known as “The Strong Arm of Georgia.”
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Riverdale Georgia
The fact sheet shows that 42% of all motorcycle crashes for the most recent year of data collection occurred in the Atlanta region and that higher rates of motorcycle accidents occur in the Atlanta metro area than in most other parts of Georgia.
Accidents occur as a result of
- Following other vehicles improperly
- Reckless or negligent operation of the motorcycle
- Passing improperly or failing to yield
- Driving under the influence
- Changing lanes improperly
- Defective vehicle parts/manufacturing
- Environmental factors
- Poorly maintained roads or streetlights or signage
- Distracted drivers (of other vehicles)
Your Riverdale motorcycle accident attorney will thoroughly investigate the causes leading to your accident and injuries and hold the appropriate parties responsible. For example, if damaged roadways, signage, or lighting contributed to the event, you may be entitled to compensation from the government entities overseeing those areas.
Contact a Riverdale Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident in Riverdale, you need a fair settlement so you can achieve the highest level of recovery. John Foy & Associates has a proven track record of great results and won’t collect any fees from you until you receive a settlement.
Start your recovery process today. Contact John Foy & Associates for a no-risk, free consultation with an experienced Riverdale motorcycle accident attorney.