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Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Atlanta
Riding a motorcycle can be an excellent pastime that evokes feelings of excitement, freedom and relaxation. Motorcycles aren’t inherently dangerous. What makes riding “risky” are the other drivers on the road.
Unlike other motor vehicle drivers, motorcyclists aren’t protected by a thick layer of steel. When accidents happen, motorcyclists typically suffer more severe injuries than motorists in shielded vehicles.
Have you suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s reckless behavior on the road? Motorcycle accident attorney Johnny Phillips can help you recover compensation for your motorcycle accident-related damages.
If you have reason to believe your motorcycle accident was caused by negligence, contact the Law Office of Johnny Phillips. Our experienced and compassionate attorneys will work meticulously to get you the recovery you’re owed.
What Are My Rights as a Motorcyclist in Georgia?
You have every right to feel safe on the road when riding your motorcycle. However, since you cannot control the actions of other drivers, it’s in your best interest to ride defensively.
Riding defensively entails wearing a helmet and protective gear, adhering to driving laws and keeping a safe distance from other vehicles. This doesn’t mean only motorcyclists are responsible for their own safety. Other motorists should also drive defensively and adhere to traffic laws to keep themselves and those around them safe.
Every motorist on the road is bound by law to operate their vehicle within the confines of local laws. When a driver’s failure to do so results in motorcycle accidents and injuries, riders are entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
If you believe you were wronged by another person’s reckless or inattentive driving, consult a personal injury attorney to see if you have grounds to pursue a personal injury claim.
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What Should I Do at the Scene of the Motorcycle Accident?
The first thing you should do right after the accident is make sure you and the other parties involved are okay. If you or someone else is injured, call 911 immediately. If you don’t require immediate hospitalization, you should remain at the scene of the accident. Since you’ll need tangible evidence to support your claim, you should take pictures of all the vehicles involved in the accident.
It’s also a good idea to speak with any eyewitnesses and ask for a statement. You can use your smartphone camera to record their testimony. You can also ask for their contact details and if they’d be willing to wait until the police arrive. When you talk to law enforcement officers, stick to facts and never assume blame. Keep in mind, the police report will serve as an important piece of evidence in your claim.
What Should I Do After the Motorcycle Accident?
You should see a doctor as soon as possible to have your injuries documented. The adrenaline rush from your accident may initially conceal your pain, which means you may still need medical attention even if you feel alright. Injuries like whiplash may take hours or even days to surface. Keep track of all accident-related medical bills so you can get them reimbursed through the settlement process.
Don’t wait to see a doctor. If you delay your visit, the at-fault driver’s insurance company may try to attribute your injuries to something other than your accident and deny your claim.
Another action you shouldn’t delay is calling a personal injury lawyer. You can expect the insurance company of the at-fault driver to make several attempts to settle your claim for less than you deserve. Working with an Atlanta personal injury attorney like Johnny Phillips may help you win the fair compensation you need to make a full recovery.
How Much Is My Motorcycle Accident Case Worth?
In the aftermath of your accident, you may be dealing with serious injuries, lost wages and other losses. It’s difficult to accurately estimate how much your personal injury claim is worth until the extent of your injuries is fully understood.
The treatments you’ll need to recover, the length of your recovery, the degree of discomfort you feel, the lasting impact of your injuries and the long-term costs you’ll incur are all factors that may influence your claim valuation. It may take days, weeks or in some cases even months to assign valuations to these factors.
An attorney can help you establish and pursue the amount you need to recover physically, emotionally and financially.
Generally, your personal injury claim can include the following expenses:
- Medical bills (these could be both past and ongoing)
- Lost wages
- Out-of-pocket costs resulting from your injury (childcare, travel expenses, household services)
- Pain and suffering resulting from the accident
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Tangible expenses with fixed amounts like medical bills and out-of-pocket costs are typically easier to recover than intangible and subjective losses. You cannot prove pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life with a bill or receipt. While your experiences are real, they’re abstract to others. Your lawyer can help translate these losses into tangible compensation you can claim during the settlement process.
How Can an Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help with My Case?
A skilled motorcycle accident attorney can use their legal expertise to help you with the claim process. It may be in your best interest to contact an attorney before you even file your personal injury claim. This way, you’ll receive reliable help with every step of the claim process, including gathering evidence and negotiating a fair settlement.
At the Law Office of Johnny Phillips, we’ll guide you in your settlement process every step of the way. If you’ve suffered one or more injuries in a motorcycle accident and believe you have a case, contact our office for a free consultation.
Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you’ll only pay for our services if we recover a fair settlement on your behalf.
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