Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
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Our Georgia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers are Experienced Trial Lawyers
At Lourie, Chance, Forlines, Carter & King, PC, our Georgia motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to the principle that victims and families deserve the same top-quality, personalized support that the largest law firms provide to high-dollar corporate clients. With the specialized expertise needed to take on motorcycle accident injury claims, our legal team is ready to fight for justice. If you or a loved one was hurt in a motorcycle crash, we are here to help. For a free, no-commitment consultation with a top Georgia motorcycle accident attorney, please contact us today.
The Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Crash in Georgia
The immediate aftermath of a motorcycle collision is chaotic. Unfortunately, some riders make avoidable errors in the early stages of their case that undermine their best interests. You need to know what to do after a motorcycle crash in Georgia. Here are four steps that you should take:
- Stop Your Motorcycle, Exchange Information, and Report the Crash: Georgia law requires all parties to a moving vehicle collision to stop and exchange information. All injury crashes—including motorcycle accidents—need to be reported to state or local police.
- Seek Medical Attention: Of course, medical emergencies take the top priority. Still, even if you feel fine, get immediate medical attention. Your injuries may be far worse than you know. Further, you must see a doctor to be eligible to bring a claim for compensation.
- Document the Scene: To the extent that you are physically able, take pictures of the crash scene, including motorcycle damages and your injuries. The more details you have, the better your position to fight for justice.
- Notify Your Insurer—But Speak to a Lawyer Before Answering Questions: Contact your insurance company to inform them about the accident. However, you do not need to give a recorded statement at this time. Consult with a Georgia motorcycle accident lawyer before providing a statement to any insurance adjuster. An attorney will protect you.
Motorcyclists are Vulnerable—the Most Common Injuries
Motorcyclists are vulnerable on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 8 in 10 motorcycle crashes in the United States cause injuries to the rider. Unfortunately, a significant share of these accidents results in severe physical trauma to motorcyclists. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Head Injuries: Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a significant concern. A helmet provides protection but does not eliminate the risk. Concussions, skull fractures, and brain contusions are frequent outcomes of motorcycle accidents. These injuries, though unseen, can have a detrimental impact on your life.
- Spinal Cord Damage: Severe accidents can lead to spinal cord damage, resulting in partial or complete paralysis. These injuries have a lasting impact on the rider’s mobility and quality of life.
- Road Rash: When a rider slides on the road surface, friction can cause extensive skin abrasions known as road rash. These injuries can range from mild scrapes to deep wounds requiring skin grafts.
- Bone Fractures: Motorcyclists often suffer broken bones, especially in their limbs, shoulders, and hips. Fractures can be simple or compound, necessitating surgery, immobilization, or the insertion of pins and plates.
- Internal Injuries: Blunt force trauma can cause internal injuries to organs like the lungs, liver, spleen, or kidneys. These injuries may require immediate surgical intervention.
What to Know About Motorcycle Collision Liability in Georgia
Hurt in a motorcycle accident in Georgia? Your case falls under state law. Here are the two key points that you need to know about how Georgia handles motorcycle accident liability:
- Fault Matters: Motorcycle crashes are fault-based cases in Georgia. Every motorcycle collision should be carefully investigated. The party determined to be at fault for a crash—meaning that their negligence contributed to the accident—is liable for the resulting damages.
- Comparative Negligence: Georgia has a comparative negligence standard (O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33). A motorcycle crash victim who is partially at fault for their own crash can still recover financial compensation, but their settlement or verdict will be reduced proportionately to their degree of fault.
You Must Initiate a Motorcycle Injury Claim Before the Statute of Limitations
To protect your rights, it is essential to initiate a motorcycle injury claim within the specified time frame called the statute of limitations. Under Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33), there is a two-year statute of limitations for motorcycle accident injury claims. Failing to bring your case before the deadline could result in the forfeiture of your right to seek compensation.
Our Firm Helps Injured Motorcyclists in Georgia Maximize their Financial Recovery
A serious motorcycle crash can change your entire life. Whether you were hurt as a motorcycle rider or motorcycle passenger, it is imperative that you are able to secure the financial support that you need to cover your medical bills and put the pieces back together. Sadly, insurance companies cannot be relied on to protect your rights and interests. Our Georgia motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to helping you secure the absolute maximum financial compensation:
- Wrongful death damages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental distress;
- Disability or disfigurement;
- Long-term disability;
- Property damage (automobile repairs/replacement);
- Emergency medical support;
- Hospital bills and other health care costs;
- Scarring; and
- Loss of wages and loss of earning power.
Why Trust the Georgia Motorcycle Accident Team at Lourie, Chance, Forlines, Carter & King
Motorcycle accident claims are complicated. Unfortunately, motorcyclists often face some unfair stereotypes from law enforcement officers and insurance companies. At Lourie, Chance, Forlines, Carter & King, PC, we know how to help injured motorcyclists get justice. When you contact our Georgia personal firm, you will have a chance to talk to a motorcycle accident lawyer who can:
- Listen to your story and answer questions about your motorcycle injury claim;
- Conduct a comprehensive investigation of your Georgia motorcycle crash;
- Handle all correspondence with counterparties, including the insurance company; and
- Build a personalized strategy to help maximize your motorcycle accident compensation.
Get Help From Our Georgia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
At Lourie, Chance, Forlines, Carter & King, PC, our Georgia motorcycle accident lawyers have the skills and experience to help you secure the maximum compensation after a crash. Contact us today to set up your free, no-obligation case review.
We handle motorcycle accidents throughout Georgia, including in Atlanta, Decatur, Lawrenceville, Jonesboro, Savannah, Macon, Augusta, and Columbus.
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