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Getting an Attorney’s Help for Your Georgia Motorcycle Accident

Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Call the police if you have been involved in an accident. Make sure to get a police report.

If you are an avid motorcyclist, you may have seen or experienced the serious injuries that can occur from being in a motorcycle accident. Accidents that involve a motorcycle don’t happen as often (statistically) as car accidents, but they tend to be more serious for the rider because of the lack of protection on a motorcycle.

What if you’re injured in a Georgia motorcycle accident, and it wasn’t your fault?

Serious injuries can turn a family’s world upside-down. Perhaps the injuries make it too difficult to go to work, or you have to miss a lot of work because of doctors appointments and physical therapy. The problem with this is the bills don’t stop coming just because you’re injured.

What’s worse, insurance companies aren’t looking out for you or your family’s best interest. It’s their job to save their company money on your claim. What does this mean for you?

You need to BE AWARE that the insurance company will try to lower the value of your claim. Why do you need to be aware of this? You may be tempted to settle your claim early, accepting a check for settlement. However, if your injury is serious, and you are unsure of what future medical treatment you will need, you may be signing away your rights to fair compensation (money).

If you have been injured, it wouldn’t hurt to talk to a Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorney. A consultation will give you a better idea of your rights, whether or not you have a valid claim, and you will walk away from the consultation with a better understanding of what to expect next. Consulting Attorney James Murphy is always free, and there is no obligation to hire him after your free appointment. 770-577-3020

We have successfully settled many injury cases for Georgia motorcycle riders. Our experience means we can maximize the settlement results, and protect your rights from the insurance company.

What to do if you’re in a Motorcycle Accident

  • Check for Injuries – Safety is top priority, so check right away to see if you, a passenger with you, or any other parties involved are injured. Unless their lives are in danger, don’t try to move someone who is seriously injured. Doing so could cause more injury.
  • Should you move your motorcycle? – If you are in danger of further collision, move your motorcycle out of the road if and when it is safe to do so. Pictures of the original accident scene can help prove fault later if necessary, but do not put yourself in harms way to take pictures.
  • Don’t Leave the Scene – Do not leave the scene before the police arrive. Even if the accident isn’t your fault, you may be charged with “leaving the scene” if you leave.
  • Call 911 – A police report is considered “hard evidence” that the accident took place, and can help establish liability (whose fault it is) with an insurance company.
  • Do not admit fault – It’s important to not say anything to the other party or to the police officer which can be interpreted as the accident being your fault. Even an apology can be used against you.
  • Gather Information – Write down key information regarding the other driver, eye witness accounts and contact information, any details in the scene (examine your surroundings and the other driver’s vehicle), and the like. Snap pictures if and when safe to do so.
  •  Call a tow truck – If you suspect that riding your motorcycle will be unsafe, you should call a tow truck.
  • Medical Treatment – If you are experiencing any soreness, numbness, or bruising, it is wise to go get checked out. Medical bills and expenses can be dealt with later and discussed with an attorney. Your health and recovery may depend on swift action.
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Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents

  • Bone Fractures to Limbs – typically to the legs, arms, or wrists.
  • Shoulder and Hip Fractures – not being protected by a vehicle, you can very easily land on your shoulder or hip as you are thrown from a bike.
  • Road Rash – this is caused if a rider makes contact with the surface of the road or ground. Levels of road rash vary from the first degree (most mild), to the third degree (severe, and requires immediate medical attention).
  • Head Injuries (TBI) – Because head injuries are one of the biggest causes of fatalities for motorcycle accidents, it is wise to have your head fully protected with a full helmet. Even when a rider wears a full-sized helmet, injuries can still occur to the head. Wearing no helmet will greatly increase the risk of fatality.
  • Biker’s Arm – If a biker lands on their arm on impact, permanent nerve damage may occur in the arm as well as the upper body. Protective jackets and elbow pads may be worn to protect against severe damage.

What should you do? Take pictures of your injuries, and get all injuries documented by a hospital or doctor. Be sure to get follow-up care. According to medical professionals, not treating an injury when you are experiencing pain can prolong your recovery.

Motorcycle Helmet Law in Georgia

According to DMV.org, all riders are required to wear helmets. Laws are subject to change, and may have changed since this article was posted. Please contact your local DMV or police department to see if anything has changed for Georgia Law.

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