Many bikers in Sandy Springs love the feeling of the open road and sense of freedom riding a motorcycle brings. Unfortunately, motorcycles also come with some risk, and an accident can lead to a disastrous aftermath. When a motorcycle crash happens, another driver is often at fault. If you did not cause your accident, you’ll want to speak with a Sandy Springs motorcycle accident lawyer today.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers have been helping injury victims in Georgia for more than 20 years. We only work for injury victims, such as injured bikers, and we are not afraid to fight for your rights to full compensation. To discuss the details of your case and how we can help, give us a call at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a FREE consultation today.
What Makes Motorcycle Accidents Different in Sandy Springs
Even when a motorcyclist is incredibly safe on the road, they just don’t have the same degree of protection as a passenger vehicle. Cars, trucks, and even buses have a hard outer frame and additional safety features that protect drivers and their passengers in the event of a collision. But as someone on a motorcycle, there’s little between you and the road.
As a biker, you’re more likely to fall or get thrown from your vehicle. Even with a helmet, head injuries are much more common and serious in a motorcycle accident. Plus, there are several unfair assumptions about bikers that can make it more difficult for the other driver(s) and the insurance company to take you seriously.
After a motorcycle accident, it’s best to protect yourself by talking to an experienced attorney. They can make sure you are treated fairly during the injury claim process, help you gather evidence from your crash, and assist you in pursuing compensation from the person or party who caused your accident.
Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Most of the time, a motorcyclist is not at fault for an accident. Other drivers are often at fault for not giving a motorcycle enough room on the road, failing to see the biker, driving aggressively around them, or making poor decisions that cause a crash.
Here are some of the most common reasons we see for motorcycle accidents happening in places like Sandy Springs:
- Drivers changing lanes without checking their blind spots for bikers and other small vehicles
- Drivers cutting off motorcyclists when turning
- Aggressive driving from a driver who does not understand motorcyclists have the same rights to be on the roads
- Road hazards like poor pavement conditions or potholes
- Lane splitting (traveling between lanes, which is legal in some states but not in Georgia)
A driver might try to say that a biker appeared out of nowhere or was driving recklessly on the road before the accident. In reality, it’s often the driver who was being negligent and trying to blame the biker. Other times, a driver does not understand Georgia laws—such as Georgia Code § 40-6-312 that allows motorcycles full use of a lane like all other motor vehicles.
Unfortunately, the insurance company of the at-fault driver may use prejudices against bikers to their advantage. They might try to paint you as the negligent one and look for ways to reduce the value of your claim. To legally protect your rights, get a Sandy Springs motorcycle accident lawyer on your side as soon as you can.
There is No Risk in Hiring a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
We find that injured motorcyclists are often hesitant to contact a lawyer because they are worried about the costs. This is completely understandable, especially if you’re facing mounting medical bills and other damages. However, the good news is that most motorcycle accident lawyers (like John Foy & Associates) work on contingency.
Contingency means the lawyer only gets paid if they win you money in your case. Then, they are simply paid through a percentage of the settlement or award they win you. So, there are no upfront costs, no fee at all unless you win, and no out-of-pocket costs.
To schedule a FREE, no-risk consultation with one of our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers today, call John Foy & Associates at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today.
What to Understand About the Costs of a Motorcycle Accident in Sandy Springs
Serious injuries can happen during any type of accident in Sandy Springs, but motorcycle accidents tend to be especially severe. Injuries like the following are common in these types of accidents:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Road rash and lacerations
- Serious injuries that may result in death
After your accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company might try to offer you an upfront settlement. They know that this money will tempting, especially when you have large medical bills on the way and are unable to work. However, you should never take the first settlement offer.
The insurance company knows that a quick settlement will be tempting, but if you accept it, you’ll lose your chance at seeking a higher amount. It’s important to know that your damages from the accident are probably a lot higher than you currently realize. It’s in your best interest (and best for your future well-being) to have a lawyer examine your case and determine its full value before discussing a settlement.
Keep Track of All Your Damages
Besides speaking to a lawyer as soon as you can, do everything you can to document the costs of your accident. If you can, do the following:
- Take pictures of your injuries, your bike damage, and the entire accident scene.
- Call the police after your accident to report it. (This is crucial.)
- See a doctor as soon as possible to get your injuries checked out, no matter how minor or severe they are.
- Save all medical bills, receipts, and other evidence of costs.
- Keep track of all missed work time and former pay stubs.
- You might even keep a journal detailing how you have been feeling after the accident and how it has impacted your life.
Your lawyer can also help you gather evidence of your accident. The more you can show what happened, how the other driver was at fault, and all of your damages, the better it will be for your case and your chances of full compensation.
Talk to a Sandy Springs Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Free Today
If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, our attorneys at John Foy & Associates can help. With more than 20 years of experience working on these types of cases, we know what it truly takes to win. To learn more and schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation today, call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.