When you start out on a motorcycle ride, you never plan on calling an Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer, but you can’t control others’ behavior. Because you have very little protection from a vehicle that is more than four times the weight of your bike, motorcycle accidents often cause catastrophic injuries.
If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a motorcycle wreck, contact an Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your possible personal injury claim.
You should call a motorcycle accident attorney as soon after the accident as possible after suffering injuries. You have as little as 15 to 30 days to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to recover damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering. If you contact an insurance company, even your own, after an accident, give them only your name, contact information, date and location of the wreck, and your attorney’s contact information. Insurance companies look for any reason to deny claims and will twist what you say to reassign fault, so let your attorney deal with them.
If you are able to move around without causing additional damage to yourself, call first responders, take photos of the accident scene and speak to witnesses. Also, obtain contact, license, registration, and insurance information from anyone involved in the wreck.
Always allow emergency medical technicians to check you over. Give your version of the facts to the police officer writing the report. After the police release you from the scene, seek medical attention immediately, even if you feel that you do not have serious injuries. Some injuries do not manifest for hours or even days later. Finally, contact an Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss the accident and learn more about your rights.
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Injuries could range from minor injuries, such as bumps, bruises, scratches, cuts, and scrapes to catastrophic injuries or even death. However, the most common motorcycle accident injuries include:
A traumatic brain injury could be a penetrating injury or a non-penetrating – blunt force – injury. Penetrating injuries include cracked or broken skulls where a piece of the skull might become embedded in the brain. Non-penetrating injuries include mild and severe concussions.
You might need physical, cognitive, and occupational therapy after a traumatic brain injury. Some people could require psychological therapy to help them deal with not being able to work or the severity of the accident.
Depending on your spinal cord injury location, it could render you partially or fully paralyzed or cause numbness in your extremities. You might need surgeries, physical therapy, and occupational therapy after an accident that caused spinal cord injuries. You could also require ambulatory aids, hand controls for your vehicle, and upgrades to your home, including wheelchair ramps, wider doors, and grab bars if doctors cannot repair your spinal cord injuries.
Most people recover from simple and compound fractures within several weeks. However, the other possibility in a motorcycle accident is crushed bones, which could lead to amputation. A compound fracture is when the bone pierces the skin. In some cases, you might have more than one simple and/or compound fracture at the same time – even in the same bone.
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you could suffer from internal injuries. A broken rib could puncture a lung or other organs. Jamming the handlebars into your gut could also cause internal injuries. Regardless of who you feel after an accident, you should always seek medical attention immediately.
The at-fault car, truck, or motorcycle driver is responsible for your motorcycle accident injuries. In some cases, more than one driver could share in the liability for your injuries. And, in some cases, even though one driver hit you, others could share in the responsibility for your injuries. At-fault parties might include:
Your Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer will determine who might share in the liability for your injuries during the investigation of the accident.
After a motorcycle accident, you need someone to ensure that the at-fault driver and/or their insurance company does not violate your rights, and to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact an Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible for a free case evaluation, even if you are still in the hospital.
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Gather all evidence needed to substantiate your claim.
The other party will accept, reject or counteroffer.
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Each party submits evidence that will be used in trial.
An informal proceeding to see if parties can settle before trial.
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