Motorcycle accidents happen fast and usually result in serious injuries. If you were injured in a motorcycle crash, you may be wondering if you need a lawyer and how to find the right one.
Hiring a lawyer is a smart decision, especially if you have suffered serious injuries. Many times the insurance companies want to blame the motorcycle rider instead of the at-fault driver. You need protection from their “delay-and-deny” tactics.
Don’t speak with the insurance company or sign anything until you talk to an experienced Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer. Our team of legal experts can fight for the maximum compensation you need to heal from your injuries and losses.
Every motorcycle injury case is unique. Here are three ways to determine if a motorcycle accident attorney is right for you:
- The law firm specializes in personal injury and motorcycle accident cases. If an attorney’s website doesn’t list motorcycle accidents as part of their practice areas, you are better off finding a different legal representative.
- The law firm is located in Georgia. You don’t want just any lawyer; you need a person who lives in Georgia and is familiar with state laws and regulations that will affect your motorcycle accident claim.
- The law firm receives overwhelmingly positive reviews. Bonus points if they list client testimonials and case results from people they have helped file a motorcycle injury claim.
Injured Motorcyclist Case Examples
As an Atlanta personal injury law firm, we’ve handled countless motorcycle accident cases over the years. We understand the difficulties and trauma that victims or the surviving families face. These are just a few examples of the cases our lawyers have handled on behalf of injured motorcyclists:
- A vehicle failed to yield and turned left in front of the rider, causing them to crash their motorcycle into the vehicle’s side. Our client suffered a spinal fracture and widespread contusions.
- A hit and run left a young motorcycle rider with an ankle broken in three places and severe abrasions to the elbows, knees, and other body parts.
- In another failure to yield/left turn accident, the rider suffered multiple injuries, including a broken foot, ulna, and scapula; a cracked sternum; and a laceration to the back of the head.
Get Started On Your Motorcycle Accident Case
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash, don’t delay seeking medical treatment and legal help. Time is of the essence.
Contact Gary Martin Hays & Associates for a free consultation. We’ve helped motorcycle riders recover from a variety of injuries, such as broken ribs, road rash, and spinal injuries. While our clients receive the medical care they need, they’re protected from the insurance company's underhanded tactics.
Call (770) 934-8000 or fill out our online form to speak with one of our Georgia motorcycle accident attorneys today.
Motorcycle Traffic Safety Facts & Resources
Based on data collected by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Georgia state officials have identified several trends when it comes to motorcycle accidents and injuries:
- Even though motorcyclists make up only 2% of vehicles on the road, they represent 11% of accident fatalities.
- Motorcycle fatalities have steadily increased in recent years, from 139 deaths in 2017 to 192 deaths in 2020.
- The Atlanta region saw 42% of motorcycle crashes, with the metro area having a higher crash rate than rural counties.
- Most motorcycle injuries and fatalities occurred in Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb, and Bibb counties.
- Slightly more than half of the motorcyclists involved in accidents were riding with an invalid motorcycle license.
- 17% of motorcyclists involved in collisions weren’t wearing helmets.
Riders should slow down, wear a DOT-compliant helmet, seek training from a certified provider, register their motorcycles, and make sure they gain a Class M license. The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program offers rider education programs to train both new and experienced riders.