After A Motorcycle Accident, You May Have Questions
The beautiful landscape around Georgia is perfect for cruising around on a motorcycle. However, even the best motorcyclists face the risk of a serious accident every time they ride. A motorcycle crash can change your life, as well as leave you and your family with many questions. Glenda Mitchell Law Firm has represented clients who have needed it most. During your free initial consultation, we sit down and discuss the specifics of your case as well as potential solutions.
Can a motorcycle passenger recover compensation after an accident?
Yes. Both the motorcyclist and their passenger can file a personal injury claim against a negligent driver to obtain compensation for their:
- Pain and suffering
- Current and future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Permanent disability
Even with protective attire, motorcycle accidents can be catastrophic for motorcyclists and passengers. So, both have a right to compensation.
What if the other driver blames me for the accident?
Some motorists have a bias against motorcyclists. They claim that motorcyclists are irresponsible or even dangerous on the roads. Oftentimes, just the opposite is true. If the other driver involved blames you for the accident, there is no need to worry. The physical evidence of the accident holds more weight than an accusation. To collect proper evidence after an accident, it is important to:
- Call the police: They will investigate the scene and file an official accident report
- Do not admit anything: Even if you hold some fault for the accident, it is important not to admit anything that could be used against you
- Get expert advice: If you work with an experienced attorney, they often have connections with experts who can analyze the scene and determine the cause
In the case that a motorcyclist is partly responsible for the accident, Georgia’s modified comparative negligence standard will apply. If you are less than 50% responsible for the accident, you can still obtain compensation for your injuries and other damages.
What if I am involved in a hit-and-run? How do I recover compensation?
Unfortunately, many motorists involved in motorcycle accidents flee the scene. Being in a motorcycle accident can be frightening, and it can be even more so if you cannot locate the person responsible for your injuries.
If you have uninsured motorist coverage, you can recover full compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, injuries and even damages to your motorcycle. However, dealing with insurance companies after an injury can be frustrating. They often do not offer you proper compensation to increase their own profit. Whether you have insurance coverage or not, it is critical to contact a personal injury attorney if you were involved in a hit-and-run accident.
What if a motorcycle accident resulted in the death of my loved one?
Sadly, a high percentage of motorcycle accidents lead to fatal injuries that devastate families. If a motorcycle accident caused the death of a loved one, surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover:
- Loss of consortium and companionship
- Loss of support
- The value of their loved one’s future income
- Reimbursement for all medical and funeral costs
- Compensation for their loved one’s pain and suffering
Losing a loved one in a motorcycle accident is tragic and heartbreaking. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit can help you and your family find justice and closure, but it is essential to work with a personal injury lawyer who has the experience to support you.
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At Glenda Mitchell Law Firm, our founding attorney has over 13 years of experience to help you after a debilitating or deadly motorcycle accident. Contact our office through our online form or by calling 678-721-0417 for a free consultation. We have offices in Cartersville and Greenville.