Even the most experienced motorcycle rider cannot control the actions of the cars around him or her. The Angell Law Firm is comprised of Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys who understand the unique dangers of motorcycle accidents. We can help you seek compensation for the injuries you have sustained in a motorcycle accident. Contact our office today to learn more about your rights.The Roads Can be Dangerous for Motorcycle Riders
According to the Governor's Office Of Highway Safety, more than 150 motorcycle riders die in accidents on Georgia roads each year, and many more are injured. Because motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable in accidents, a motorcycle wreck can result in significant personal, financial, and emotional injuries. Hospital bills and lost wages add up quickly. And the costs of the pain and suffering caused by a motorcycle accident can persist for a long time.Georgia Law Protects Injured Riders
Motorcycle riders injured in an accident caused by another person have a legal remedy. By filing a negligence lawsuit, motorcycle riders can seek compensation for their injuries. A rider injured in a motorcycle accident who brings a negligence lawsuit must prove:
- The defendant (usually the other driver) owed a duty to the rider;
- The other driver breached that duty; and
- The rider’s injuries were caused by the other driver’s actions.
All drivers in Georgia owe a duty to other users of the road — whether those users are other drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, or motorcycle riders — to drive reasonably given the circumstances. A driver who fails to check blind spots, drives while distracted, runs a red light, or otherwise drives unreasonably breaches this duty. If such a driver causes an accident that injures a motorcyclist, the driver can be held liable to the rider for damages.
Even if a wreck was caused in part by the rider, a negligence lawsuit may still be viable. Negligence plaintiffs are allowed to recover a portion of their damages as long as they were less than 50 percent responsible for the accident. Ask an attorney if you are unsure as to whether you have a viable negligence case.Injured Riders May Seek Damages
A rider who brings a successful negligence lawsuit is entitled to damages. Compensatory damages pay back the plaintiff for expenses incurred as a result of the accident. Medical bills, motorcycle repair, lost wages, and even emotional distress are all recoverable as compensatory damages. Ask an attorney if you have questions about the damages to which you may be entitled.
Some plaintiffs may also seek punitive damages if there is evidence that the defendant acted egregiously or with a disregard for the consequences of his actions. If the defendant in a motorcycle accident case was driving under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, punitive damages are not capped.Trust an Experienced Lawyer
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call the Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers at The Angell Law Firm. Our team will help you recover from your accident and fight to get the money that you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call (770) 217-4954 or fill out our online contact form.