Motorcycle accidents are very dangerous and can lead to lifelong health effects for the victim. Unfortunately, they can also lead to wrongful death if the motorcyclist is killed in the accident. In these unfortunate circumstances, you need an attorney who will fight for justice while you focus on your grief and recovery. The Pendergrass Law Firm is here to help accident victims and their families in Peachtree Corners whose lives have been affected by a terrible motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycle riders represent the largest demographic in fatal traffic crashes. In 2019, 5,014 motorcyclists lost their lives on the road. 39% of motorcyclist deaths in 2019 involved only one other vehicle, and 61% involved multiple vehicles.
Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accidents
The following information is meant to give you a general understanding of motorcycle accidents but does not constitute a client-attorney relationship. Give Pendergrass Law Firm a call today to schedule your free consultation with a Peachtree Corners motorcycle accident lawyer.
What are some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries?
Road rash is one of the most common types of skin injuries after a motorcyclist has been thrown off their vehicle and hits the asphalt.
Is white-lining illegal in Georgia?
The practice of white lining, also known as lane splitting, is illegal in Georgia. Therefore, if any motorcyclist is involved in an accident while practicing lane splitting, they can be held liable for causing personal injuries and damages.
What should I do after a motorcycle accident?
The first thing you should do after a motorcycle accident is call the police to make sure that they arrive at the scene of the crash to write up a police report and interview witnesses. They will also assess any property damage.
If you are able to, you should take photographs of your motorcycle and the roadway and any skid marks and debris on the roadway. You should also take pictures of the injuries you have suffered as a result of the motorcycle accident.
You should exchange information with the other drivers involved, including your name, address, email address, phone number, and auto insurance information.
Next, you should head to the nearest emergency room to get emergency care. The injuries suffered after a motorcycle accident can be severe and significant.
What should I not do after a motorcycle accident?
After an accident, many things may be going through your mind. You do not want to say anything that could be misconstrued or used against you later. The police officer that responds to your accident is going to ask for a statement. You should only provide the facts regarding what happened before and during your accident. Do not speculate on the cause of the accident or the speed that the other driver traveled before the accident. These sorts of details will be determined after a thorough investigation, but while you are on the side of the road, you should only answer the officer’s questions directly and without any apologies.
You should never deny medical treatment, no matter how you may feel. It is a well-known fact that after an accident, adrenaline and other hormones are rapidly produced in the body to make you more alert and able to respond. This is your fight or flight response, and it can often mute pain so you can endure through a crisis. If you deny medical attention, then you not only risk having an undetected injury, but the insurance company may deny your claim.
You should also not give any recorded statements to the insurance company without the presence of your attorney.
What kind of damage can I recover from my motorcycle accident?
In personal injury cases, victims are typically eligible for two types of compensation: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are the tangible losses that you have suffered as a result of the accident. The most common types of tangible economic damages are medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage. Motorcycle accidents tend to be serious, with victims sustaining life-changing injuries. And your attorney at the Pendergrass law firm will fight for the compensation you deserve for all of your medical expenses, including physical therapy and rehabilitation. You could also be compensated for your future lost earnings if you were unable to work.
Non-economic damages compensate a victim for pain and suffering, both psychological and physical.
These damages are calculated by totaling your tangible losses and multiplying them in accordance with the severity of your accident. This multiplier can be anywhere between 1.5 and 10 in the most egregious cases. The more severe the injuries, the higher the multiplier. For example, if you suffered multiple fractures, were unable to work for weeks, and needed physical therapy. Your total economic damages may be multiplied by a factor of four or five to compensate you for your life-changing injuries.