Motorcycles are a fun and inexpensive mode of transportation. If you are a biker, you probably already know that you are legally required to have a Class M license to drive a bike and that you must wear a helmet when you are the operator or a passenger on a motorcycle.
However, even if you wear your leather and follow all the rules, motorcycles are still a dangerous way to get around, and if you have an accident, you are likely to get injured.
When a motorcycle collides with a moving vehicle that is not a motorcycle, the bike will bear the brunt of the damage. Because motorcycles are notoriously dangerous, some people assume that if a person is injured on their bike, it must be their fault. This is often not the case, a negligent driver might hit any type of vehicle, and if such a driver hit your bike, we can represent you when you make your insurance claim.
Common Motorcycle Injuries
You can get injured in any kind of car accident even if you do take safety precautions. However, there are some types of injuries that bikers commonly suffer.
When you have an accident on a bike, there is nothing to contain you, and you will make contact with the ground. You are likely to be dragged for a while, resulting in scraping against the pavement.
You may be dragged long enough that you will lose several layers of skin, and your muscles and bones may end up being exposed. This is why it is always a good idea to wear protective clothing.
As the name would indicate, this happens when a biker falls off their motorcycle and onto their arm. It is worse than just an ordinary brake because the entire weight of a person’s body or the bike itself will often be forced onto the arm. This can result in paralysis.
Head and Neck Injuries
Although the law may dictate that a biker wear a helmet, many riders ignore the law saying that a helmet obstructs their vision and is uncomfortable. If you fall and land on your head, you may suffer anything from a concussion to permanent brain damage.
When you hit your head, you can easily damage your spinal cord. This can lead to permanent paralysis and loss of the function of essential organs.
Why a Motorcyclist Needs an Attorney
The state of Georgia is a tort state when it comes to automobile insurance. This means that a driver responsible for an accident is responsible for all of its associated bills. A driver is considered responsible for an accident if they are to blame for more than 50% of the crash.
An insurance company is likely to try to get out of paying the bills for a motorcycle-involved accident because the injuries are more severe, and the bills tend to be higher. An insurance adjuster is likely to blame the biker and the mode of transportation for the severity of the injury. They may offer you less than you deserve.
When you hire our law firm, you will have a team of experienced personal injury professionals on your side. Our legal assistance will research every element of your case. Our attorneys are well versed in insurance law in the Peach State, and they know how to negotiate with insurance adjusters to get you the very best deal possible.
In the unlikely event that we have to file a lawsuit, our attorneys have years of experience arguing in front of judges and juries. A licensed attorney has the capability of subpoenaing records which can be critical to any legal case.
What to do at the Scene
You can do a few things to ensure that you get money for your injuries if you are hurt in an accident.
When you have an accident, you should call the police and wait for them to arrive. Take pictures and get the names of witnesses if you are able to. If an ambulance arrives for you, you should go to the hospital. You should also always request a copy of the accident report.
You should save the bill from the mechanic who fixes your bike, as well as a copy of every medical bill you get. Make sure to save receipts from medications that you may have to take. You should also get your employer to write you a letter stating the number of hours you have missed.
If you have lost a loved one to a motorcycle accident and believe that it was due to another driver’s negligence, you should call us to discuss the possibility of a wrongful death suit. You must be a member of the decedent’s immediate family to file this kind of suit.
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating. Our attorneys will fight hard to get you the money you deserve.