In a Collision While Riding Your Motorcycle? You Need to Contact a Cumming Motorcycle Accident Attorney
With the beautiful weather and scenic views that North Georgia has to offer, it’s no surprise that many residents and tourists like to travel by motorcycle. Unfortunately, the most cautious motorcyclist may still get into a wreck. If you’ve been injured while riding your bike, you need to contact the motorcycle accident attorneys at Banks, Stubbs and McFarland.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Georgia
Just like any other mode of transportation, motorcycles require expertise and skill to use. An inexperienced rider could easily get into an accident. Other motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of others on the road. Common causes of wrecks include:
- Head-on collisions
- Collisions with stationary objects
- Collisions with a motor vehicle when the rider is making a left turn
- Poor weather conditions
- Poor road conditions
- Defective motorcycle equipment
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving such as by using a cell phone
- Reckless driving and excessive speeding
- Motor vehicles who fail to see other riders on the road
- Aggressive driving and road rage
Injuries vary depending on the cause of your accident, but many injured motorcyclists suffer from:
- Broken pelvis, pelvic fractures
- Head injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Road rash
Georgia law allows victims to sue for damages such as pain and suffering, as well as compensation for your medical bills and time missed from work. Because fault may play a significant part in how much compensation you receive, it’s important to contact experienced motorcycle accident lawyers to preserve, investigate, and reconstruct the cause of the crash.
What to Do After a Georgia Motorcycle Accident
1. Contact the Local Police
Georgia accident victims should contact the police to file a report after a motorcycle crash. The other driver or rider may face criminal charges for causing the accident. Even if you weren’t injured, a police report is still worth completing. Injuries may show up later, or you may need to fight the insurance company regarding the fair market value of your motorcycle.
2. Visit a Hospital, Urgent Care Facility or Your Primary Care Physician
Even if you declined immediate medical attention and an ambulance following a motorcycle crash, it is still wise to get checked out and receive a professional medical opinion. Medical conditions such as whiplash and concussions may not show symptoms initially. Sprains and bruises may in fact be fractures and torn ligaments. Your injuries may be more severe than you think or require physical therapy to fully heal.
3. Contact your Motor Vehicle Insurance Company
Motorcycle accident and liability insurance policies are not always clear. You may think you have full coverage, but you should speak to a representative to clarify the terms of your policy. It is wise to have significant uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage and medical payments coverage to ensure that you are made whole.
4. Consult with a Georgia Motorcycle Attorney
Many motorcycle accidents result in serious injury and death. Accordingly, substantial damages or compensation are often awarded to the victim or the loved one’s family in these cases. Forsyth County Motorcycle accident lawyers, such as those at Banks, Stubbs and McFarland will build your case for trial. We are not a quick settlement firm. Neither should you accept a quick settlement from the insurance company who does not have your best interests at heart.
It’s important to remember that there is a deadline or statute of limitations to present your claim. Generally, the time frame to present a personal injury or Georgia wrongful death claim is 2 years depending on the unique circumstances of the accident.
A lawsuit may be the only option to receive complete compensation from the person who caused you or a loved one harm. To learn about your legal options, contact our Cumming law firm, in Forsyth County, to speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer today at 770-887-1209 or contact us via our FREE Case Evaluation Form to get started today!