Motorcycle accident victims in Bainbridge are often left with a heavy burden. Since motorcycles are not as protected and bulky as cars and trucks, motorcyclists are much more prone to serious injuries, even death, and a severely damaged or totaled vehicle than other drivers on the road. When a motorcycle accident occurs, the victim is left facing extreme medical bills, repair costs, and other damages. If you or someone you love was in a motorcycle accident and it wasn’t your/their fault, you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence. You need legal representation and guidance from a Bainbridge motorcycle accident lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we never want personal injury victims to feel alone after an accident. We’ve been helping victims get the financial recovery they need for more than 20 years, and we’re ready to help. Let us build a strong case for you and stand up against insurance companies so you can pursue what you actually need to cover costs and move on from the accident. Reach out to us today for a FREE consultation where we’ll go over your unique situation and your options. Call us at 404-400-4000, or simply complete the form to the right to get started.
Three Things Every Biker Needs to Know About Motorcycle Accident Claims
Under Georgia law, personal injury victims in Bainbridge are able to recover for 100% of their loss.
1. You may face stigma.
Unfortunately, some people have an unfair view of bikers as reckless or rebellious on the road. This can make it easier for the other driver or their insurance company to paint you as the bad guy and/or say you caused the accident altogether. But don’t let this bully you into accepting any responsibility for the motorcycle accident, admitting any fault, or apologizing for the crash.
Motorcycles are smaller and slimmer than other vehicles on Bainbridge roads, which means an accident with them is different from a car accident or truck accident involving two bigger vehicles. It’s easy for drivers who aren’t paying close attention to not see a motorcycle or cut them off while turning or changing lanes. They can also drive more aggressively around bikers if they believe they shouldn’t be on the road. The driver may assume it was your fault as the biker when they were, in fact, the ones being inattentive and not driving carefully enough.
To protect yourself from a judgment that could affect your claim, there are some things you can do:
- After a motorcycle accident, your first priority should be getting any necessary immediate medical attention. Even if you are worried about how to pay for the medical treatment, the cost of waiting can be much worse. Even injuries that seem okay at first can worsen over time. And seeing a doctor will create a record of how you were hurt and the severity of it
- After that, you should always call the police to report the accident. When officers arrive at the scene, tell them exactly what happened and remind them that bikers have the same right to be on the roads as other drivers
- If there were any witnesses to the accident, ask for their name and contact information. If they can stick around until police arrive, ask if they can give a statement about what happened
- If the other driver starts blaming you, acting aggressive, or showing any signs of drunk driving, note these details and tell police about them. If you can, you might even try to take a video of the other driver’s behavior
- Take pictures of your injuries, damage to your motorcycle, and the accident scene. Any and all information you can gather after the accident will help your motorcycle accident lawyer build a strong case
2. Insurance companies aren’t on your side.
Just like other drivers can be quick to judge motorcyclists, insurance companies aren’t much different. And since they’re for-profit, they’ll be looking to pay out as little as possible for your claim. For this reason, never take the first offer from an insurance company. It’s almost never enough to actually cover your damages. Insurers may take advantage of the assumption that you’re feeling desperate to pay for your expenses now. They hope you’ll take what they offer upfront. But don’t do this, as it will prevent you from pursuing a fair settlement.
Instead, contact a local motorcycle accident lawyer who will think of your needs first and fight for the financial recovery you actually deserve.
3. You are entitled to the FULL recovery of your costs.
In the State of Georgia, a motorcycle victim is entitled to recover for ANY costs associated with an accident that wasn’t their fault. This means you can seek recovery for damages like:
- Medical costs, hospital visits, tests, and prescription medications for your injuries
- Travel costs to/from medical treatments
- Repair or replacement costs for your bike
- Lost wages for time you have to take off work because of the accident
- Costs related to any disabilities, rehabilitation, or long-term treatment resulting from the accident
- Wrongful death costs, if you are making a claim on behalf of a loved one killed in the accident
A motorcycle accident lawyer can look at your situation and help you calculate the costs you’re entitled to recover (which is likely much more than you think).
What If I Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet? Can I Still Recover Money?
You can potentially still recovery money if you weren’t wearing a helmet when the accident happened. It may be less money if the courts decide your injuries could have been less extreme if you were wearing the helmet. However, some injuries have nothing to do with a helmet, and this shouldn’t be a reason to avoid seeking recovery altogether.
Talk to a Bainbridge Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Free
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, don’t suffer through the aftermath alone. Our compassionate and experienced attorneys at John Foy & Associates are here to help you seek a full and fair financial recovery so you can move on as much as possible from the accident. And working with us it risk-free: we don’t take any money unless we win YOU money. For a 100% free consultation with one of our motorcycle accident lawyers, call us at 404-400-4000, or fill out the form to the right.