Compared to other motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle crashes are particularly dangerous. Because bikers have less protection, they can be left with more severe injuries and higher medical bills than other drivers. Our Union City personal injury lawyers can help you get compensation for your expenses.
Read more about motorcycle accidents in Georgia and how our attorneys can help. If you have any questions, a personal injury lawyer at John Foy & Associates can answer them for free during an initial consultation.
Should I Get a Lawyer for a Motorcycle Accident?
Whether it’s worth getting a lawyer or not depends on your situation and the severity of your accident. If you weren’t injured, or if the damage was minimal, you would likely be able to navigate an insurance claim by yourself. If you were injured but you were at fault, a lawyer may not be able to help you.
However, if someone else caused your motorcycle accident, and you experienced considerable injuries that required medical attention, it may be a good idea to contact a lawyer. While you don’t technically need a lawyer to pursue your claim, legal help makes it much easier to get the full settlement you’re owed.
There’s no harm in at least getting a free consultation where a lawyer can answer your questions and tell you what your options are. At your free initial consultation, your attorney will assess your situation and let you know what they can do for you, as well as how much compensation you could be able to get.
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How a Union City Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help
When you hire a lawyer, you’re not just hiring someone who argues in court. You’re also hiring an advisor, a mediator, an investigator, and a metaphorical bodyguard. The other party’s lawyer and insurance company will try to take advantage of you and twist your words, but your attorney can protect you from their tricks.
The job of a motorcycle accident lawyer in Union City encompasses every step of your motorcycle accident claim. To help your recovery process and make sure you get the best compensation possible, your attorney will:
- Investigate your accident to find out what happened and who is really at fault
- Gather evidence that supports your claim to compensation
- Calculate your damages to show the full scope of what you’re owed
- Negotiate with the insurance company to make sure they are giving you fair compensation
- Fight for you in court in the rare event that your case goes to trial
It’s not likely that your claim will even become a lawsuit. Most insurance companies want to avoid going to court, because being sued means months of legal proceedings and expensive lawyer fees on their part. They will most likely offer a settlement that makes everyone happy.
That’s why it’s important to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer with experience. Skilled attorneys know what to say to the other side to get them to settle and pay you a fair amount of compensation.
Compensation You Can Claim
In your motorcycle accident claim, the money you get will be in the form of compensatory damages. Compensation is based on the economic and non-economic tolls on your life that the other party’s actions caused. These damages can include:
- Medical expenses
- Wages that you’ve lost due to missing work
- Property damage and repair costs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Wrongful death
Your compensation won’t just cover the damages that you’ve already suffered. Ideally, it will also cover future expenses for any ongoing treatment you need. If your earning potential has been diminished because of your injuries, you may be able to get compensation for that as well.
Who Is at Fault in a Motorcycle Accident?
While it may seem simple to figure out who was at fault in your motorcycle accident, there could be other complicating factors. There could actually be multiple parties that share the fault, including you.
In certain circumstances, there are third parties at fault for a motorcycle crash. For example, if the manufacturer of your motorcycle produced a faulty part or if a mechanic did not service your bike properly, they could be liable for your damages. Another third party potentially at fault could be a city or municipality that fails to keep the roadway safe.
In some cases, you could also be found partially at fault for your accident. If that happens, you could lose out on a portion of your compensation, according to Georgia’s comparative negligence law.
The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) § 51-12-33 states that your monetary reward can be decreased in proportion to the percentage of fault you had in your accident. For example, if you’re found to be 20% at fault—maybe you were speeding or distracted at the time of the accident—you could lose 20% of your compensation.
Talk to a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Union City
Your attorney will need to be able to prove that you had no fault in your accident and that you’re owed compensation for your damages. An initial consultation can help you find the right Union City motorcycle accident lawyer.
You can talk to someone from John Foy & Associates for free. Call us or contact us online to get started. Our attorneys are on call to speak with you 24/7.