For many people, a motorcycle means freedom and the lure of the open road. But in an accident, a motorcyclist can face serious danger. Nationwide, more than 5,000 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2015. Many people in Macon have suffered serious motorcycle injuries requiring surgery, hospitalization, and months of rehabilitative therapy. The medical bills can be astronomical, and many motorcycle accident victims suffer a double financial blow because their injuries leave them temporarily or permanently unable to work. But you don’t have to pay the cost of a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault. A Macon motorcycle vehicle accident lawyer can help.
John Foy & Associates has been working for the rights of people injured in motorcycle accidents for more than 20 years. When we started our law practice, we decided to focus only on people who were injured, never taking the side of insurance companies who want to avoid paying you. Today, our firm is one of the largest and most widely respected in Georgia, and we still only represent victims. We’d like to give you a free consultation to discuss your case and help you decide what you should do next. Call us at 478-217-7042 and get your free consultation today.
Why are motorcycle accidents different than car accidents?
Passenger cars are equipped with a whole range of safety features, including air bags and seat belts. On a motorcycle, though, it’s just you and the road. That’s a big part of a motorcycle’s appeal, but it’s also one of the reasons that motorcyclists are far more likely to suffer serious injuries than people in other types of vehicles. In an accident, you are likely to fall and strike the pavement directly or be thrown from your motorcycle. An accident that might be just a fender bender for a car can cause you to suffer severe, ongoing injuries.
Motorcycle accidents are also different in the way they’re viewed by insurance companies. Many people think that motorcyclists are rebels who drive recklessly and don’t obey the law. This simply isn’t true: motorcyclists are some of the most careful and law-abiding people on the road. But insurance companies may let these prejudices affect the way they view your claim. They may try to blame you for the accident, or offer you less money than they would offer the driver of a car in a similar situation. This is why you should never accept money from an insurance company or sign anything until you have talked to a motorcycle accident lawyer.
What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Macon?
Most motorcycle accidents aren’t the motorcyclist’s fault. Usually, motorcycles have accidents because another driver wasn’t paying attention and failed to see the motorcycle. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents that we see include:
- Drivers failing to see a motorcycle and cutting it off while turning left
- Drivers hitting a motorcycle while changing lanes
- Lane splitting, when a motorcycle travels between lanes of stopped cars and the other motorists don’t see it.
- Road hazards such as potholes and uneven pavement
The cause of motorcycle accidents can be complicated because other drivers, and sometimes even police officers, are likely to blame the motorcyclist. “He came out of nowhere!” is a common statement we hear. But if you were in an accident, chances are good that it was someone else’s inattentiveness or carelessness that caused it. That means that they were “negligent” and must pay the cost of your injuries. A good Macon personal injury lawyer will get to the bottom of what caused your accident and make sure you are not forced to pay for an accident that wasn’t your fault.
What kinds of injuries do people suffer in motorcycle accidents?
The injuries from motorcycle accidents can vary greatly depending on the way the accident occurred and the amount of protective gear the motorcyclist was wearing. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries are among the more common injuries caused by motorcycle accidents, sometimes even if the rider is wearing a helmet. Other injuries we see include:
- “Road rash” and other cuts and scrapes
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Sprains and other injuries to muscles and tendons
In any accident, it’s important to see a doctor right away—even if you “walked away” from the crash and think you weren’t badly hurt. Many injuries are worse than they seem at first, and the sooner you get started with treatment, the more likely you are to make a full recovery.
What costs can I recover in a motorcycle accident claim in Macon?
Throughout Georgia, including Macon-Bibb County, people injured in auto and motorcycle accidents can recover ALL of the costs of the accident from the party who was at fault. This means that you can recover for:
- Medical bills, including prescription drugs
- The cost of physical therapy and other rehabilitation
- Lost pay, if you had to miss time from work because of the accident
- The cost of repairing or replacing your motorcycle
- Damages for wrongful death, if you lost a loved one in the accident
If your accident was serious, the local courts may award you additional damages for a long-term disability or pain and suffering. This money can’t undo the effects of a tragic accident, but we know that accidents can take a financial toll as well as a physical one. Money can ease financial stress and leave you free to focus on rebuilding your life after the accident.
Talk to a Macon Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Free
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Macon, you may be struggling with severe injuries and massive medical bills. You may even have lost a loved one. You do not have to bear the costs of the accident, but you need help from a good motorcycle accident lawyer. At John Foy & Associates, we offer a free consultation, and we will not charge you any money at all unless we are able to win money for you. We take the risk so you can focus on recovery. Call us at 478-217-7042 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.