Motorcycle riders are at risk every day on Valdosta roads. Unlike cars and trucks, motorcycles have very little protection. If an accident happens, the rider can suffer severe or deadly injuries.
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, help is available. Our Valdosta personal injury lawyers know how to seek justice. We can build a case to recover the damages you’ve suffered from the accident.
John Foy & Associates is here for you. We know what it takes to win cases. We’ve been doing it for over 20 years. To get started with a free consultation today, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Many drivers view motorcycle riders as “reckless” on the roads. But here’s the truth: most motorcycle accidents are not the rider’s fault. Crashes often happen because another motorist is not paying enough attention.
Motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles. If a driver isn’t careful, they could miss seeing a biker on the road. Driver negligence is the most common reason for many motorcycle crashes, including:
- Distracted driving
- Left-turn accidents
- Drunk driving
- Aggressive driving
- Failing to yield
A driver might not see a biker as they try to turn or merge. Some drivers will assume a biker is just in the way and become aggressive.
Drivers often blame the motorcyclist for an accident. But the chances are high that the driver wasn’t cautious enough. Under the law, a negligent (or careless) driver is responsible for the costs of an accident they cause.
Driver negligence is the most common reason for a motorcycle accident. However, accidents can also happen because of:
- Poor road conditions, such as rain, snow, debris, or potholes
- Manufacturing defects on the bike
- Bad motorcycle maintenance
If you were the victim of the crash, it’s essential to investigate. You might deserve full compensation for your medical costs and more. However, you have little time. Contact our Valdosta motorcycle accident lawyers today to get started.
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Time Limits for Motorcycle Accident Claims
If another driver was at fault, you can file a claim with the driver’s insurance company. Georgia is a fault state. That means the at-fault driver is responsible for the accident costs.
You must file your claim within two years in most cases, according to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §9-3-33. If you wait too long, you could miss your chance. Don’t wait to contact a lawyer who can help you build a strong claim.
At John Foy & Associates, we can help. Our lawyers know what it takes to fight for victims’ rights. We’ll examine your accident and see if you have a case. To learn more about building a strong case, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Motorcycle Accidents Are Often Deadly
Tragically, many people lose their lives in motorcycle accidents. And most of those people are motorcyclists.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle riders are about 28 times more likely to die in an accident than car occupants. Motorcycles are just not as safe as cars and trucks in an accident. Other vehicles have built-in safety features that are not available to bikers.
Driving a motorcycle also requires special skills. A rider must be extra alert and careful to avoid dangers on the road. Since bikers have more inherent risk, they are often blamed for crashes that they didn’t cause.
What You Might Recover from a Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle accident, you might have a personal injury claim. In Georgia, you can file a claim with the at-fault person’s insurance company.
If another driver was at fault for your accident, their insurance company should pay for your damages.
Personal injury damages include:
- Medical bills
- Medication costs
- Vehicle damage
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Physical therapy
- Future lost earnings
- Wrongful death
The law holds the other driver responsible for the damage they have caused. You have a right to claim any of your losses from the crash.
Before filing a claim, it’s best to consult with a Valdosta motorcycle accident lawyer. A lawyer can examine all of your damages to include in the claim. If you were not at fault, you shouldn’t have to pay a cent for your losses.
What John Foy & Associates does for You
Having the right lawyer on your side can make all the difference. Building and filing a personal injury claim isn’t easy. Plus, the insurance company rarely offers what you deserve right away.
At John Foy & Associates, we bring over 20 years of experience to the table. Our firm has grown to one of the largest in Georgia for a reason. We are not afraid to fight for our clients’ rights, and:
- We take the time to get to know you and your needs. Our lawyers believe in the power of the lawyer-client relationship.
- Our investigation team gets started immediately. We examine every detail of your accident and your damages, and our goal is full compensation for you.
- We regularly work with expert witnesses and other professionals to help build your case.
- There is no charge to you unless we win your case. That means no upfront or out-of-pocket fees. You can get started for free.
These are just a few examples of how we help. For us, every case is personal. Every client is unique. We’ll approach your situation with an emphasis on your needs.
Our team also knows how to handle insurance companies. Sadly, insurers are for-profit businesses that care most about money. The other driver’s insurer will look for ways to cut down on what they pay you.
We stand up to insurance companies. Our lawyers will handle the insurer and work to negotiate if you get a lowball settlement. If it’s necessary, we can help take your case to court.
Talk to a Valdosta Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Free
Motorcycle accidents are incredibly stressful and painful. But you do not have to handle your case alone. At John Foy & Associates, our team will help you from start to finish.
Learn more about fighting for the money you deserve during a free, no-risk consultation. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today.