What should I do after a motorcycle accident?
Initially, we recommend that you collect information. Accidents can be confusing, but you should gather as much evidence as you can. Look around for any witnesses on the scene of your motorcycle accident. Make sure that you get their numbers and names. It’s ok if you can’t get all of this information, but it makes the process faster if you can. You should always call the police once an accident has occurred. It’s essential to have a copy of a police report to show to your lawyer, as well as your insurance company. Last, but not least, you should seek medical attention. Even if you feel like you are ok, you could’ve suffered from internal injuries. These are some of the steps that you should take after a motorcycle accident.
What are some of the prevalent causes of motorcycle accidents?
Most accidents can be prevented, especially those involving motorcycles. Some of the leading causes of these accidents are:
- Distracted Driving
- Other vehicles ignoring motorcycles on the road
- Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Faulty brakes, lighting, or mirrors
- Pedestrians in the road
Motorcycle accidents are also devastating for the family of the victim of the accident. Since a rider has minimal safety gear, casualties and serious injuries can often occur. These catastrophic injuries put pressure on the family as well as the rider. If you have lost someone you love in a motorcycle accident, you could be eligible for a wrongful death suit. Make sure that you hire an attorney that can handle all facets of your motorcycle accident case.
How many motorcycle fatalities happen in Georgia annually?
There has been a decrease in motorcycle fatalities over the last decade, but there are still over 100 deaths each year. These trends show that drivers are getting better about paying attention to motorcyclists, but Atlantians still have work to do. Anytime you travel on the road, there is a risk you will be involved in an accident. However, you have a higher risk of severe injuries if you are traveling on a motorcycle.
What kind of settlement can I receive from a motorcycle accident?
After you’re involved in an accident, there are damages that need compensation. There are also many different factors that will determine what you receive in your claim. Each case is different, so we can’t advise you about your situation unless you schedule an appointment with us. When we start building your case, we will begin by determining your valuation.
Trial or settlement?
A valuation can be broken into two different categories: trial or settlement. A trial valuation is the amount of money you feel you would receive through a court trial. Most parties want to settle outside of court, so you set your initial valuation high to give an option for negotiation. In most court cases, you will only receive a fraction of your trial valuation. A settlement is what you believe you are entitled to obtain from the defendant. A settlement is often seen as a more reliable option than a trial. You don’t know if you will receive any settlement from a trial, so it is a gamble most victims aren’t willing to take.
Liability and Damage
With an accident, you want to know who is responsible and what they owe. Georgia is an at-fault state, so the responsible party is also liable for the damages. An experienced attorney will build your case to show who is responsible. Motorcycle accidents can be a bit trickier because most people see the motorcyclist at-fault. So, we recommend hiring legal representation.
Once you determine who is responsible, you have to assess the damages. Some of these damages can include property damage, pain and suffering, medical bills, and more. You need an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to handle your case.
How do you determine the damage?
According to state law, you can have qualitative and quantifiable damage. Qualitative damage is more difficult to calculate because there is no amount. This can include emotional damage, ongoing pain and suffering, disability, and reduced quality of life. Quantifiable damage does have an amount assigned to it. These damages can include property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages with a specific dollar amount.
It is easy to prove the wages that you missed, but it can be challenging to determine the wages that you will lose in the future. Especially if you have to change your career because of your accident. Thankfully, a qualified motorcycle accident attorney can help guide you through the process.
Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers
You deserve to have an attorney fighting for your settlement. Money cannot reverse your accident, but it can help remove some stress from the healing process. Please don’t risk your potential settlement, contact our offices today to discuss your case.