"I would recommend to anyone in need of a personal injury attorney. David made my experience easy and painless and this allowed me to focus on my recovery from my accident. They made sure that I received the medical attention and treatment that I needed; and received the compensation to cover my medical bills, with a very favorable outcome." (John B. – personal injury client)
When you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone’s negligence, the team at Van Sant Law, LLC, feels it is important that you understand the compensation you may be able to receive. Our Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers work on the basis that we do not get paid if you are not justly compensated for your injuries and property damage. Your claim will depend on factors such as whether your injury was caused by malice or intentional harm, how severe your injuries are, and the amount of current and/or future medical bills you have. Your ability to earn a wage after your accident and settlements given in similar cases also play a key factor in determining what will be awarded to you.
An aggressive and knowledgeable injury attorney will work to see that medical costs, lost wages (including those in the future), and, in certain cases, emotional pain and suffering are all sought after. Recent statistics from the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) show us that more than 103,000 persons were injured and 5,154 killed in motorcycle collisions in just one year. Riders need someone who will look out for their rights and fight for just compensation on their behalf. Trike accidents are also the cause of serious injuries, resulting from defective manufacture of the trike or inadequate training by the establishment renting this glider out to the general public.
What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Georgia? It is estimated that 56% of motorcyclists who die were involved in a collision with another vehicle. Most of these accidents are head-on collisions and only 5% result from a rear collision. Another common cause is when a car makes a left-hand turn. In fact, 42% of all motorcycle accidents were caused when a motorcycle collided with a vehicle that was turning left. The motorcyclist may have been going straight through the intersection or could have been passing the car. Regardless of the reason, motorists need to look in their mirrors and check their blind spots before turning. In traffic jams, motorcyclists are allowed to drive between lanes of traffic. This, however, has its own dangers as they are driving so close to other vehicles and could be hit if they changed lanes. Determining what caused your accident is important so that you can prove fault and secure compensation. To determine possible causes for your specific case, speak with one of our skilled Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys.
Upholding the Rights of Motorcyclists in Atlanta, Alpharetta, and ALL of Georgia
Motorcyclists and trike riders are much more prone to injury from accidents and some of these injuries can be catastrophic. A crash can cause the rider to collide with both an automobile and the road, worsening their injuries and bringing about a complete loss of their vehicle. Crush injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries and many others can leave the victim in dire need of help. Even if your injuries were not severe, you deserve just compensation.
The Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers at our firm worked defending leading national insurance companies for years. We know what insurance adjusters and lawyers will do to deny or delay a claim. We have seen the tactics used by them, designed to get individuals to take a fast and highly insufficient payment as a settlement. Let our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys throughout Metro Atlanta go to work for you, aggressively using our knowledge for the best possible outcome in your case.
I am considering getting a motorcycle. What are some safety tips I should be aware of before I hit the open road?
Motorcyclists should follow the same general safety measures that all drivers follow. However, motorcycles, by their nature, expose their riders to more elements and therefore have the potential to be more dangerous than “regular” vehicles. Here is a list of a few safety measures that all motorcyclists should take to heart:
- Take a motorcycle safety course. For obvious reasons, driving a motorcycle is quite different from driving a 4-wheel car. Motorcycle driving techniques, including how to safely handle traffic, turn, and brake require some instruction and practice. The Georgia Department of Driver Services Motorcycle Safety Program provides information for beginners as well as experienced riders who wish to take instructional courses.
- Always inspect your bike before you ride. Just as a pilot thoroughly checks his or her plane from top to bottom before flying, riders should inspect their bikes before they ride each and every time. Things to look for are adequate fluids and properly functioning brakes, gears, mirrors, and chains. Maintaining adequate tire pressure is also very important.
- Wear protective gear from head to toe. On a motorcycle, you are quite exposed to the weather elements as well as the cement, other cars, and trees. Wearing a properly fitted motorcycle helmet, sufficient protective eyewear, thick pants, jackets, gloves, and boots will provide you with some protection if you are in an accident. Additionally, it is a good idea to wear bright and visible clothing.
- Do not hit the road in the rain or snow (or on a windy day). Wet and icy roadways are dangerous for cars and even more so for motorcycles. Slippery surfaces and motorcycles are not a good combination. Never head out in the snow or if there is a chance it might snow; if you are caught in the rain, immediately find shelter and wait for at least 30 minutes before riding again. Windy conditions are also not ideal for motorcycle riding.
What if I wasn’t wearing my helmet when I got into a motorcycle accident?
Georgia law requires that all motorcyclists wear protective head gear. And, since the vast majority of motorcycle deaths result from head injuries, it is in your best interest to wear a properly fitted motorcycle helmet. Yet, despite the law and common sense, sometimes motorcyclists do not wear helmets and are involved in accidents. While the fact that you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident should not, alone, prevent you from recovering damages due to someone else’s negligence, it is an important factor that the insurance companies will consider when making a settlement offer. A skilled Atlanta motorcycle accident law firm will be able to help you prove your case and possibly get a larger settlement offer than what the insurance company will initially offer.
If I was partially at fault for my motorcycle accident, can I still recover damages?
With respect to personal injury claims, Georgia uses a “comparative negligence” framework when awarding damages to injured parties. Just because you believe you may have had some part in causing your motorcycle accident, it may not necessarily preclude you from bringing a legal claim. In cases where it is determined that injured parties are partially at fault for an accident, the court will reduce their recovery amounts by the percentage they are found to be at fault. For example, if the court finds that an injured party was 20 percent at fault for the motorcycle accident that caused his or her injuries, the resulting damage award is reduced by 20 percent. However, if the court finds that an injured party is 50 percent or more responsible for causing the accident, he or she may be out of luck from recovering any damages. Your Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys at Van Sant Law, LLC, will evaluate your case and help you determine if you may be partially at fault for your motorcycle accident.
Why (and when) should I contact a lawyer to represent me in my motorcycle accident case?
The legal system is complex and can be overwhelming. It is of great benefit to consult with a knowledgeable, reputable motorcycle accident attorney with significant experience in handling such cases as soon as possible after your accident. A good Atlanta motorcycle crash attorney will evaluate your case, listen to your concerns, and provide you with counsel as to whether you have a strong claim to pursue. Going forward, your motorcycle crash law firm will then go to work to make your case as strong as possible. In doing so, they likely will:
- Identify, collect, and analyze all relevant reports and statements
- Conduct an independent investigation of the accident scene and other physical evidence
- Preserve as much material evidence as possible
- Gather and analyze all of your medical records
- Hire any necessary expert witnesses and reconstruction specialists to help determine liability
- Interview witnesses, submit written questions to the defendant that he or she must answer under oath, and conduct any necessary depositions
- Negotiate with the defendant’s insurance company on your behalf in order to obtain the maximum possible settlement
- If necessary, be ready, willing and able to head to trial
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