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What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident in Georgia and you’re not sure what to do, the experienced attorneys at the law firm of Council & Associates are here to help.  If you are a victim of a negligent driver that resulted in an injury or even the wrongful death of a loved one, you may be entitled to financial compensation that may help you recover from what happened. Unfortunately, ninety percent of motorcycle accidents end up catastrophic because motorcycle riders are exposed and vulnerable. Motorcycles lack the safety features and protection that most vehicles may give their riders. They do not have the metal frames, airbags, and seat belts that a usual vehicle would have that provide additional safety features to their drivers and passengers. Even with a little impact, the motorcycle rider can be tossed off. This often results in scratches and broken bones at a minimum and in other cases, serious physical injuries that include brain injuries or injuries to the spine. In worst-case scenarios, motorcycle accidents can cause irreversible consequences such as an untimely death. Therefore, motorcycle safety is an important factor when considering the types of injuries someone can sustain after an accident.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle crashes have been on the rise year after year. In the year 2000 for example, motorcyclists involved in accidents were over 20 times more likely to be killed and four times more likely to get injured than motorists in cars. This is an alarming statistic. Driving miscalculations and mistakes by other drivers can wind up causing serious physical injuries and even the wrongful death of a person.

Here in metropolitan Atlanta, this type of accident is very common. Motorcycle accidents in Atlanta often happen on our busiest streets like Peachtree Street, Cobb Parkway, Pleasant Hill Road, and on some of Georgia’s largest highways like I-85. Whether the motorcyclist was not seen by the other driver, another car turned in front of a motorcycle, or there was a motorcycle defect, accidents that involve motorcycles often result in severe physical injuries and even wrongful death.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle crash, you face the challenge of handling stupendous medical bills, loss of wages that will be a cause for financial burden, pain and suffering from the injuries you sustained, or even dealing with the wrongful death of a loved one.

Additionally, traumatic brain injuries are all too common in motorcycle accidents. Usually, a traumatic brain injury is the result of a blunt force blow to the head during the accident.  However, you could suffer from a brain injury even if you don’t receive a blow to the head during an accident.  A traumatic brain injury can occur simply due to the violent, sharp movements of your head or body that can occur during a motorcycle or car accident.  If you’ve been in a serious accident, always look for warning signs that may indicate the occurrence of a traumatic brain injury.  These signs include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of memory
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Double vision
  • Mood Changes or even changes in sleep patterns.

Four Quick Tips to Increase Your Chances of Winning Your Motorcycle Accident Case

After a motorcycle accident, follow these four steps to increase your chances of prevailing on your accident claim:

  1. If you can safely do so, take pictures of the motorcycle accident scene. Insurance adjusters like to see your property damage when determining the value of your case.
  2. If you’re hurt, get medical attention as soon as possible, if not immediately. Do not wait to see if your pain will get better. Insurance adjusters will try to diminish the value of your claim if you decide to wait too long after the accident to seek medical care.
  3. Follow your doctor’s treatment plans. Insurance adjusters will check to see if you are following your doctor’s treatment plans including appointments for rehab. Missing appointments could suggest your injuries are minor or that you’re not actually suffering from any injuries.
  4. If the insurance representative for the at-fault party asks you to provide a recorded statement, we strongly advise you do not do so until you have engaged an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to represent your interests.

Take the Next Steps in Your Motorcycle Case

After an incident like this, you should be focusing on your well-being and recovering from the pain and suffering you have endured. An experienced Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer will assist you with going through the process and will be by your side to ensure that the at-fault party will pay for their negligence.

An Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer will go through all the details of your case and will dedicate their expertise and resources to get the compensation that you truly deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured and would like to discuss the potential damages available, how to pay for your medical bills, asses your property damage, or what to do about your lost wages, do not hesitate to contact Council & Associates immediately at (404) 562-8857. Our law firm will fight for your right to receive the maximum compensation available to you in your case. You can trust that the experienced legal professionals at Council & Associates will take every step to obtain justice on your behalf because “OUR FIRM CARES.”