Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Help for Injured Bikers in Georgia
There is a common misconception that motorcyclists tend to be more reckless on the road than other motorists, and that they are mostly at fault for the accidents they get into. This is an unfair cultural bias that's been perpetuated through inaccurate portrayals by the media and general ignorance in the non-riding population. The fact is that motorcyclists, being completely aware of the dangers they face due to their vulnerability, are some of the safest drivers on the road. In fact, statistics indicate that most multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers, not motorcyclists!
At Grant Law Office, our Atlanta personal injury lawyers understand that motorcyclists have to be constantly vigilant in order to stay safe. We are here to protect the rights of motorcyclists when they are injured in accidents. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a crash involving another vehicle, please call us today at (866) 249-5513 or (404) 995-3955 to learn more about how we can help you attain justice.
How Can I Win My Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Claim?
First and foremost, you should consult with an experienced personal injury or wrongful death attorney. An honest attorney will be able to answer your motorcycle accident questions and determine whether you have a good chance at attaining compensation or not. If one decides to take on your case, he or she will perform the following actions in order to strengthen your claim:
- Gather and review all investigative reports.
- Conduct a thorough inspection of the accident scene.
- Gather and preserve all material evidence, such as damaged vehicles, pictures of the accident location, skid marks on the pavement, and more.
- Consult with crash reconstruction specialists and other professionals who can provide expert testimony.
- Get in touch with all eyewitnesses.
After gathering all the necessary data, a skilled attorney should be able to construct a highly convincing case for your claim.
What Are the Common Causes of Motorcycle Collisions?
The following are common ways automobile and truck drivers cause collisions with motorcycles:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted or inattentive driving
- Failure to yield in appropriate circumstances
- Cutting off a motorcyclist
- Turning in front of a motorcyclist
Common Injuries from Motorcycle CollisionsBecause motorcycle riders don’t have the protective steel exoskeleton that occupants of motor vehicles have, they are much more prone to serious injuries when involved in a collision. The following are some typical injuries a motorcyclist may suffer:
- Road rash: This is a painful and often disfiguring injury that occurs when a motorcycle rider slides across the surface of a roadway during an accident. The result is the loss of skin and other tissue, and gravel and other debris imbedded in remaining tissue. Treatment can involve multiple skin grafts, reconstructive surgeries, plastic surgeries, and more.
- Biker’s arm: This injury occurs when a motorcycle rider attempts to break his fall with his arms. But a person’s arms aren’t able to handle such high-speed impact. Permanent nerve damage, affecting the sensory and motor functions of the arm and hand, often leaves a rider with permanent disabilities. A person with biker’s arm may face extensive physical therapy and chronic pain in his or her future.
- Lower extremity injuries: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most common injuries in a motorcycle collision are injuries to the lower extremities - feet, legs, knees, pelvis, etc. - particularly broken and crushed bones. These injuries are most common when a motorcycle is hit from the side. Lower extremity injuries often result in permanent disabilities and sometimes amputations.
- Head injuries: Even though the state of Georgia requires all motorcycle riders to wear helmets, serious and often fatal head injuries still occur in motorcycle crashes; concussions and permanent brain damage among them.
- Spinal cord injuries: Injuries to the spinal cord can be some of the most life-altering, resulting in partial or full paralysis, and even death.
Protecting Your Rights in Georgia
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, make sure you take the following steps to protect your rights:
- When discussing the crash, never admit fault.
- If at all possible, take photos of your injuries.
- Keep a journal of your day-to-day struggles since the accident, including meetings and opportunities you've missed, and activities you are unable to perform or participate in because of your injuries.
- Contact an experienced Georgia motorcycle accident attorney.
Getting Compensation for Your Losses in Georgia
You can pursue financial compensation for your losses from the party responsible for the crash. Examples of liable parties include the driver of the vehicle that hit you, a government entity that failed to design or maintain the roadway if that was a cause of the accident, and manufacturers of defective products that caused or contributed to your accident and injuries.
Contact Grant Law Office
A successful personal injury claim will provide compensation to victims for medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. Call Grant Law Office at (866) 249-5513 or (404) 995-3955 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.