Motorcycles are great fun to ride and are an economical way to get around. While motorcycles may be enjoyable, they can also be dangerous. Even when you’re wearing a helmet you are not completely protected from serious injuries in an accident. Unfortunately, Georgia motorcycle crashes can be fatal. According to statistics published by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Georgia motorcyclist fatalities have generally been on the rise over the last five years. With spring on the way, there will be even more motorcycles on the roadways and likely an increase in accidents.
Negligence in Motorcycle Accidents
The negligent party is responsible for an accident. Negligence means that a party knew, or should have known, that something they did could cause an accident and injuries. A driver doesn’t need to be issued a traffic ticket to be considered negligent. In most cases, the police won’t issue a ticket if they did not witness the accident themselves.
One of the most common negligent actions is speeding. When a driver travels over the posted speed limit he knows that an accident with serious injuries could occur. There are other actions that are also considered negligent. Whenever a driver disobeys the law or drives irresponsibly he is likely negligent. In addition to proving negligence in a case, you must also be able to show that you suffered damages as a result. Damages include medical bills for your injuries as well as other things such as lost wages and money for pain and suffering.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in Savannah there are a few steps to follow. First and foremost, you need to seek medical attention for any injuries. This is particularly important in motorcycle crashes because you could have head trauma or internal injuries that are not immediately apparent. Call the police to report the accident. The police will review the accident scene, take witness statements and determine the cause of the crash when possible.
Consult with an Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible after the incident. You will probably be contacted by the insurance company and asked to make a statement. Talk to your lawyer before you make a statement because what you say could matter to your case. You might be offered a settlement check by the insurance company. Don’t accept it if it is less than your expenses. All too often the insurance company tries to quickly resolve cases in this manner but by accepting a check you are probably limiting your right to make any further claims, even if the check doesn’t adequately cover your damages.
Your attorney will review all of the facts of the accident and will always work hard to protect your rights. Your lawyer will gather evidence, depose witnesses and most importantly, negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. In many instances, the insurance company prefers to resolve the matter outside of court. However, if a settlement cannot be reached, your lawyer will present your case in court. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, contact The Bader Law Firm immediately to learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.