Motorcycle accidents tend to be very severe in Smyrna. Motorcycle riders do not have the protection of a large vehicle like other motorists. If a motorcycle accident injured you or a loved one, talk to a Smyrna motorcycle accident lawyer.
You might be entitled to compensation for your accident damages. If someone else caused the collision, you shouldn’t have to pay. An experienced lawyer can help you build a strong insurance claim.
John Foy & Associates has over 20 years of experience. We have grown to become one of the largest and most respected firms in Georgia. To schedule a FREE, no-risk consultation today, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
Damages You Can Recover From a Motorcycle Accident
In Georgia, the at-fault party in a crash is responsible for the damages (Georgia Code Section 51-1-6). Your “damages” are costs or losses from your injuries.
You will need to seek recovery for your damages through an injury claim. You can submit a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company.
Here are the damages you might be able to include in your claim.
Motorcycle accidents usually have high medical costs. You might need:
- Emergency medical treatment
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
- Specialist visits
- Travel costs going to and from appointments
You can include your medical expenses in your claim. A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you account for all damages. It’s important to consider all past and future medical costs.
In most cases, it’s best to wait until you’ve reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). MMI is the point where you’ve recovered as much as possible with treatment. After you complete treatment, you’ll understand your total medical costs.
Lost Work Wages
Your accident injuries will probably affect your work time. You might need to miss several days or weeks (or more) of work. Thankfully, you can claim this time as lost wages.
Not being able to work just adds another source of stress. You should be able to recover the wages that you miss because of the accident.
Motorcycle accident injuries might cause you to adjust your work. Maybe you can’t perform the same job you used to do. In this case, you might be able to recover lost earning capacity, too.
Vehicle Repairs or Replacement
Accidents often total motorcycles. You will probably have repair or replacement costs. If you did not cause the accident, you can include these expenses in your claim.
Pain and Suffering
Not all motorcycle accident damages are physical — you might have emotional injuries, too. Georgia law calls these “pain and suffering” or general damages.
You can recover pain and suffering damages without proof of a specified amount (Georgia Code Section 51-12-2). However, you will need to show how the accident has affected you. Examples of pain and suffering include:
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Anxiety or depression
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
The emotional effects of a motorcycle accident can stay with a victim for years. Talk to your lawyer about determining the worth of these damages.
Unfortunately, the death rate for motorcycle accidents is high. If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, talk to a lawyer. You might be able to bring a wrongful death claim.
Individual family members can file wrongful death claims on behalf of a loved one. You might be entitled to damages like:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral and burial costs
A Smyrna motorcycle accident lawyer can help you with a wrongful death case. We know that money can never reverse what happened. However, we find that compensation can help families recover stressful costs.
How to Handle the Insurance Company After a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcyclists often face unfair stigmas after an accident. The other driver might try to say you were reckless or aggressive. Too many people still see bikers as radicals on the road.
Because of biases, you might have more trouble getting a fair settlement offer. The insurance company might try to blame you so they can reduce their responsibility. The insurer might use tactics like:
- Offering you a lowball settlement, hoping you’ll take it.
- Trying to blame you for the crash.
- Downplaying the severity of your damages.
- Trying to get you to admit fault or blame.
- Using anything you say against you.
Thankfully, an experienced lawyer can intervene. It’s smart to avoid speaking to the insurer at all. Get a lawyer on your side who can handle all communication.
If you accept a settlement offer, you will lose the chance to seek more money. Don’t admit fault, sign anything, or give any recorded statements. Talk to a lawyer about your options first.
The first offer might seem like a good one. However, the first settlement offer is rarely enough to cover your costs. It will benefit you a lot more to fight for a higher recovery amount.
Ways to Build Your Motorcycle Accident Case
After the accident, there are some ways you can start protecting yourself. When you contact a lawyer, you can bring the following evidence to the consultation.
The Accident Report
Always report an accident with injuries, death, or property damages. Call the police, and let them know what happened.
Officers should create an accident report. You will need a copy of this report for your case.
If you have severe or life-threatening injuries, get medical help immediately. Save all records of this treatment.
If you don’t get medical help at the scene, see a doctor soon after. Don’t wait. The longer you wait to get treatment, the more it will hurt your case. Save records of all medical treatment you receive.
Pictures From the Scene
If you are well enough, you can take photos of the actual crash. Take pictures of:
- Your injuries.
- Your vehicle damage.
- The entire accident scene.
Picture evidence of the motorcycle accident can help your injury claim. Your lawyer might go back to the scene to gather additional information.
Eyewitness Contact Information
Talk to anyone who saw your accident occur. Ask for any witnesses’ names and contact information. Your lawyer will contact them later to get statements.
Talk to a Smyrna Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Free Today
You should not have to pay if someone else caused your motorcycle accident. At John Foy & Associates, we can help you seek the compensation you deserve. Plus, we don’t charge a fee unless we win your case.
To schedule a FREE consultation, call us at (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.