Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Atlanta
RECOVERING COMPENSATION AFTER A GEORGIA MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
Under Georgia’s motorcycle laws, bikers are protected against the negligence of other drivers. A motorcyclist who has sustained injuries as a result of an accident caused by another’s negligence may recover compensation for those injuries. Monetary compensation may come via either settlement or trial verdict, and often covers medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS ARE NOT ALWAYS OBVIOUS
One or more factors often contribute to a motorcycle accident, and they are not always obvious. These illustrate the need to hire an experienced Georgia motorcycle accident attorney familiar with the best way to investigate and handle these types of cases.
Common causes of motorcycle wrecks include:
- Traffic Law Violations – Automobile drivers who speed, tailgate, or fail to yield the right of way (e.g. pull out in front of) to bikers..
- Equipment Failure – Malfunctions of the motorcycle’s steering mechanism, chains or drive belt, suspension, or tires.
- Unmaintained Roads – Road construction, debris, potholes, and roads not properly maintained are far more dangerous for motorcycles than automobiles.
- Defective Roads and Signage – Poorly designed or mismarked roads.
HOW GEORGIA’S MANDATORY HELMET LAW AFFECTS RECOVERY IN PERSONAL INJURY CASE
In Georgia, when riding or operating a motorcycle, a helmet is required by law. Eye protection is also required if the motorcycle is not equipped with a windshield or windscreen. There is a common misconception that any biker who is involved in an accident and doesn’t have a helmet on at the time, will be considered contributorily negligent and unable to recover damages caused by another driver. There is a big distinction between negligence contributing to an accident and negligence contributing to the injuries sustained. Failing to wear a helmet may increase the extent of injuries suffered by the biker in an accident but it will not defeat the biker’s legal recovery against another negligent driver.
GETTING LEGAL HELP FOR A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, there is help. The Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys at Randy Scott Slater, P.C. are experienced with bike accident cases, and will take your case as far as necessary to ensure you are fairly compensated. Please call our office today at (404) 888-0500 for your free consultation. All information is kept strictly confidential, and you pay no fees unless we win your case through settlement or verdict.
The Atlanta injury attorneys at Randy Scott Slater, P.C. represent clients across the state of Georgia, including Douglasville, Canton, Alpharetta, Stone Mountain, and Jonesboro.