According to data collected and published by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, approximately 150 motorcyclists are killed in highway accidents in the state every year. Many thousands more motorcyclists sustain serious, even life altering, injuries.
Despite a popular culture that portrays bikers as risky thrill seekers, motorcyclists are actually less likely to be ‘at fault’ for an accident than are drivers of standard-sized vehicle. If your motorcycle crash was caused by a negligent driver, you deserve fair compensation. For help getting that compensation, please call our experienced Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers today at 770-GET-PAID.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists are inherently exposed to the dangers. While motorcycle accident injuries can vary considerably, in both kind and level of severity, they are often devastating. At Buckhead Law, our team has handled many different Georgia motorcycle accident claims, and we have seen all types of injuries, including:
- Road rash, and other severe skin damage and disfigurement;
- Biker’s arm, and other severe arm injuries;
- Leg injuries, including fractures and knee damage;
- Internal injuries, such as damaged organs;
- Severe head trauma, including concussions and TBIs; and
- Back and spinal cord damages, which can result in paralysis.
Bikers Face Unfair Stereotypes
When a crash occurs between a motorcyclist and another car, many people automatically assume that the biker must have been at fault. Not only is this unfair, it is completely backwards. It is based on false stereotypes of bikers. In reality, the research conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) found that drivers of full sized vehicles are more likely to be ‘at fault’ for car/motorcycle collisions than are bikers.
According to the report, the reason for this is that drivers are simply bad at sharing the road with motorcycles. Too often, drivers fail to recognize the presence of bike, thereby putting motorcyclists at a serious safety risk. The law is clear: Bikers have every right to the road. Georgia drivers must get better at looking out for the safety of motorcyclists
Three Tips for Handling Insurance Companies
The false perceptions that bikers face can cause real world damage. Indeed, the big insurance companies are known to treat riders unfairly. They frequently try to push some of the accident blame onto the motorcyclist, in an effort to limit their own liability. If you were hurt in an Atlanta motorcycle accident, you need to be ready to deal with insurance adjusters. To help you, our Atlanta personal injury attorneys have put together a list of three of our best tips:
- Never admit or acknowledge partial fault for a motorcycle accident. If the insurance adjuster tries to push fault on you, simply decline to accept it. It is not your job to judge who was at fault. Let your lawyer handle that issue.
- You should always stick strictly the facts when giving any sort of statement. Never speculate about the cause of your crash or extent of your injuries. You may inadvertently say something that can be used against you.
- Do not accept the first settlement offer. Insurance companies rarely, if ever, start with their best offer. If you receive a settlement offer, get your case to a qualified attorney for an immediate review.
Get Legal Assistance Today
At Buckhead Law, we understand the unique challenges that motorcyclists face. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle crash in Northern Georgia, we can help. To set up your free, no-risk case evaluation, please do not hesitate to contact our Atlanta office today at 770-GET-PAID.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in Atlanta, you need to take action now. To schedule your free case evaluation, please contact an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer at Buckhead Law today by calling 770-GET-PAID.