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Motorcycle accidents typically involve severe to catastrophic injuries due to the minimal protections riders have when compared to occupants in a motor vehicle.

Accident victims can be left with horrendous medical expenses, the inability to return to work, and a prognosis of lifelong pain.

On top of all that, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will be looking to place all the blame on the motorcycle rider.

If you sustained injuries on a motorcycle due to another driver’s actions, contact a Georgia motorcycle accident lawyer at MG Law.

When you need legal assistance for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, MG Law stands ready to help.

We understand how traumatic and stressful the aftermath of an accident can be for you and your family.

You don’t need to navigate the legal claims process alone; we will be there for you every step of the way.

Georgia Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to a report prepared by Quote Wizard, there were 5,458 motorcycle fatalities across the country in 2020. These numbers represent a 9% increase from 2019 and a 17% increase since 2010.

It’s also the highest number of motorcycle fatalities they’ve ever recorded. Nearly 95% of all fatalities involved alcohol.

Georgia is the 12th most dangerous state for motorcycle riders. In 2019, Georgia had 170 fatalities.

Of these, 105 deaths involved alcohol, and 12.4% of the crashes involved someone who was severely impaired (i.e., had a 0.15% BAC or higher).

Regarding helmet use in fatalities, the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration reports that 151 of the 170 deaths were wearing helmets while 15 motorcyclists were not. The remaining four were unknown.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Many assume a motorcyclist is at fault in a collision, but that’s not always the case. In fact, other drivers’ carelessness often leads to a motorcycle collision.

Some of the most common accident causes we see include:

  • Driving while distracted,
  • Speeding,
  • Tailgating,
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
  • Passing illegally,
  • Turning left in front of a motorcycle,
  • Changing lanes without looking,
  • Driving while fatigued,
  • Dooring, and
  • Backing out without looking.

Road hazards and adverse weather conditions can also play a role in motorcycle accidents. In some cases, a defective part could cause the motorcycle to malfunction. 

It’s not uncommon for multiple factors to contribute to an accident. Determining the cause of the accident is not always straightforward.

Hiring a Georgia motorcycle accident attorney can help identify all the liable parties following a collision. Identifying all potential defendants is crucial to ensuring that you receive the full compensation to which you are entitled.

What To Do Following a Motorcycle Accident

Your actions following a motorcycle accident can impact your future personal injury claim. That’s why it’s essential to stay calm and remember what you need to do.

However, your health and safety are most important following an accident—so only do these things if you are physically able. 

First Steps

Move your motorcycle out of the way of traffic if possible. If you sustained severe injuries, contact 911 immediately if no one else has already called.

If you can do so safely, take photos of the accident and the surrounding area. Include pictures of the damage to your motorcycle and the other vehicle, skid marks, debris, weather conditions, road conditions, and injuries.

Exchange Information

Exchange information with all involved parties. Be sure to get contact information for any witnesses. Do not assume the witnesses will be able to stay until the police arrive.

You should not leave the scene without an official police report unless emergency medical personnel rush you to the hospital.

See a Doctor

If your injuries are not severe enough to warrant emergency medical transfer to the hospital, you should still see a doctor right away. You could have internal injuries that are not visible.

You may also notice that you start feeling much worse one or two days after the accident.

Contact the Insurance Company

You should contact your motorcycle insurance company to report the accident. Your carrier may already be on notice of the accident if the other party reported it.

If you need to speak with the other side’s insurance company, be very cautious of what you say. Do not admit any fault, even if you believe you contributed to the accident somehow.

Call Us

Your next call should be to a Georgia motorcycle injury lawyer. Motorcycle accident claims can be complicated, so you should consider hiring an attorney immediately.

How to Deal with Insurance Company Adjusters

The defendant’s insurance company is not on your side, no matter what they say. The claims adjuster is looking for anything they can use to place as much liability on you as possible.

They may ask you for a recorded statement—but do not agree to a recorded statement without contacting a Georgia motorcycle accident attorney first.

How a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Assist You

You are not legally obligated to hire a Georgia motorcycle accident lawyer.

However, a lawyer is a tremendous help in navigating the challenging claims process, and not having to worry about the legal challenges allows you to focus on your recovery.

Many prospective clients are nervous about selecting an attorney. Understandably, deciding on an attorney can feel daunting, especially when so much is at stake.

The best Georgia motorcycle accident lawyer is one who has significant related experience in the field. Don’t choose any random personal injury attorney.

You want a lawyer with a record of success in resolving motorcycle injury claims. 

Many people have prejudices against motorcycle riders. That is why it’s crucial to hire a strong legal advocate who understands the nuances of motorcycle accident claims.

Our legal team knows what it takes to build a strong case and will fight tirelessly to help you recover the maximum compensation possible.

Investigation

When you hire MG Law, we will handle all aspects of your claim. We will start by conducting an independent investigation, contact all witnesses, and collect all evidence.

Your lawyer will subpoena all documentation, such as your medical records, lost earnings, etc. We will also help you determine what your case is worth.

Settlement Negotiations

When it’s time to discuss a settlement, we will present a demand to the defendants’ insurance companies. We will also handle all negotiations.

Having a skilled negotiator on your side is one of the best reasons to hire an attorney. Unless you negotiate legal claims for a living, you risk losing out on some compensation if you represent yourself.

Lawsuit and Potential Trial

Should the defendants be unwilling to accept any liability or negotiate fairly, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf.

We have experience taking personal injury claims to trial, and we aren’t afraid to back down if that is in your best interest.  

How to Determine Fault in a Motorcycle Accident

Determining fault in a motorcycle accident claim can be complicated, especially if you pursue a personal injury claim for damages on your own.

Before successfully collecting any compensation, you must prove the other driver is responsible for your injuries.

There are four main elements in a negligence claim: 

  • The driver must owe you a legal duty of care,
  • They must have breached that duty of care,
  • The breach must have caused your injuries, and
  • The injuries must have resulted in actual losses.

You must prove all four elements to succeed on a personal injury claim based on negligence. All drivers and motorcycle riders owe other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians a duty of care.

Speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, and distracted driving are three examples of a breach of that duty of care. And the breach of duty must result in your injuries.

Finally, you must prove a financial loss from the accident. If you don’t have any property damage, medical expenses, or you didn’t lose any time from work, you would have difficulty meeting the last requirement.

Georgia law allows you to collect a percentage of your damages even if you are partially at fault for the collision. However, you must be less than 50% at fault, or the law prohibits you from recovery.

For example, if you are 20% at fault, you would receive 80% of your damages. If you are 50% at fault, you will receive no compensation.

Georgia Helmet Laws

Georgia has a universal helmet law. That means all riders must wear appropriate headgear, regardless of age.

Motorcycles must also be equipped with a windshield unless the rider wears an approved eye-protective device.

If you were not wearing a helmet, rest assured the defendant’s insurance adjuster will be using this fact to their advantage.

They will argue you contributed to or even caused your injuries, and you are not eligible to receive compensation for any head injuries.

Contact a Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Contact MG Law today if you are searching for the best motorcycle accident attorneys in Georgia. We only practice injury law, so we are always up-to-date on the latest cases and regulations involving personal injury law.

We are proud of the reputation we’ve built within the industry and always strive to help our clients collect the maximum compensation possible.

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident in Georgia, don’t attempt to independently handle your personal injury claim.

Let MG Law protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve while you concentrate on your recovery. We offer free, no-obligation consultations, so you have nothing to lose by meeting with us.

Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation and learn more about how we can assist you.