Savannah Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
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Big-time crashes require big-time attorneys. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, you need the right law firm on your side.
At Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys, we have years of experience handling tough personal injury cases and have recovered millions for our clients. When you hire our motorcycle accident lawyers in Savannah, we can do everything it takes to make the insurance company pay what you are owed.
On this page:
- What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
- How Long Do I Have to File?
- Should I Speak to the Other Driver’s Insurance Company?
- Who is Responsible for Paying My Medical Bills?
- Compensation Available for Motorcycle Accident Victims
- Insurance Policies Used to Pay Your Damages
- Proving Fault in a Motorcycle Injury Claim
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
The steps you take after a motorcycle accident are vital to the success of your claim. It is important to remain calm and focus on injury treatment and evidence gathering during this time.
Injury treatment is the most important post-collision step. Not only does prompt care ensure you receive the medical attention you need, it establishes the severity of your injuries from the start. Delaying your medical treatment could signal to the other driver’s insurance company that you are exaggerating your claims.
The aftermath of your collision is also an essential time for evidence gathering. During this process, you can collect information about the accident scene, the other driver, and any witnesses.
You should take the following steps immediately after a motorcycle accident:
- Call 911 and receive medical attention as soon as possible
- Speak with the police and file a report
- Get the other driver’s contact information and insurance details
- Speak to any available witnesses and gather their contact information
- Take pictures of the accident scene and collect any other information about the collision
Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accidents
A motorcycle accident claim must be filed within the established statute of limitations. In the state of Georgia, the statute of limitations for motorcycle accident claims is the same as all personal injury claims. Claims must be filed within 2 years of a motorcycle accident. If an accident results in a death, the 2-year statute of limitations begins on the date of the victim’s death.
Should I Speak to the Other Driver’s Insurance Company?
Following a motorcycle accident, you may be contacted by the other driver’s insurance company. You should not speak to the other driver’s insurance provider on your own. Although it may seem that they are simply asking for your side of the story, their goal is to have you admit fault so they will not need to pay your claim. Without the guidance of an attorney, you may say something that the insurance company can twist to serve their own purposes.
Our Savannah motorcycle accident lawyers can guide you through conversations with the other driver’s insurance company or speak to them on your behalf. We will represent your rights throughout the claim process and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Who is Responsible for Paying My Medical Bills?
Your outlet for recovering compensation after a motorcycle accident will depend on your insurance policy and who is liable for the collision. Georgia is a fault-based state, meaning the responsibility for damages will generally fall on the driver who caused the accident.
You can receive coverage for your medical bills and other expenses by filing a claim with their insurance company. If your own insurance policy includes personal injury protection, you may be able to receive benefits through your own provider as well.
It is possible that another party could be liable for your damages. In cases of vehicle malfunction, the car or motorcycle manufacturer or a mechanic could be liable for damages.
Other causes of motorcycle accidents that could be the fault of a third party may include road conditions and weather, intoxication (in which the business that supplied alcohol could be liable for damages), or construction and other hazards.
Compensation Available for Motorcycle Accident Victims
Collisions involving motorcycles can be devastating. Without the level of protection offered by a car or truck, being struck while riding a motorcycle can result in severe injuries. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Georgia that was due to someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to substantial compensation to help you pay for all of the damages you have and will likely suffer.
Our skilled personal injury lawyers can help you file a claim to recover compensation for several damages, including:
- Past, present, and future medical bills: Everything from surgeries and extended hospital stays to prescription medications and years of rehabilitative therapies should all be covered by the compensation provided to you by the defendant’s insurance company. To help our attorneys better build your case with convincing evidence, please save copies of your medical bills, receipts, and records for us to analyze.
- Lost wages for missing work: Missing work because you are in the hospital or bedbound can devastate your finances. Our lawyers can work with your employer to get a full understanding of what wages you have missed and what work you typically conduct there that has now been interrupted because of your injuries. You deserve your missing wages to be repaid, even if you have been paid partially through disability insurance or workers’ compensation.
- Loss of future income earning ability: Disabilities and life-changing injuries can prevent you from completing your work as you did before, even with plenty of time set aside to heal. For example, if you were a dentist and your hands were broken in your motorcycle accident, then you probably cannotuse delicate dental tools anymore, which will hurt your earning capacity for the rest of your life. This gap in what you probably would have earned but now will earn in a different career or job position can be covered in your damages.
- Permanent disability or disfigurement: You can be financially compensated for permanent disabilities or disfigurements caused by your motorcycle accident. While you are entitled to damages to treat your injuries, this form of damage is an additional type of injury-related damage beyond that amount. Obtaining a disability rating from a medical professional can help our attorneys determine what this damage type should equal.
- Costs associated with repairing or replacing your motorcycle: If your motorcycle was wrecked, then you should not be the one to pay for its repair or replacement. Vehicle repair costs can be difficult to pursue because insurance caps are often much lower than what is needed. We might need to find secondary insurance policies to pursue or use careful negotiations to get you a fair amount.
- Additional expenses incurred due to the accident: Extra bills big and small can be demanded in your motorcycle claim as long as those bills are associated with the accident. For example, rental car costs, miscellaneous court processing fees, and even elective therapy to deal with PTSD symptoms could be named as an additional yet necessary expense that must be repaid.
- Pain and suffering: One of the biggest damages in your motorcycle accident claim could be those associated with your pain, suffering, PTSD, and undue hardship. It is common for motorcyclists to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety after suffering from severe injuries that could keep them from riding ever again. Your emotional pain and traumatization matter and they must be counted as damages that the liable party should pay.
Insurance Policies Used to Pay Your Damages
There are five types of insurance policies that might provide a portion of your damages:
- Bodily injury liability: Pays for medical expenses and lost wages you have suffered due to your injuries.
- Property damage liability: Pays for damage to your motorcycle, either for replacement or repair.
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM): Pays for medical costs, lost wages, and vehicle repair costs not covered by the liable party because they had no or not enough insurance, but only if you purchased this policy from your own insurer as an additional premium.
- Collision: Pays for damages to your motorcycle as part of a necessary premium sold by your insurer.
- Medical: Pays for medical costs associated with your injuries to get you immediate medical care, but will likely need to be repaid to the insurer when your claim is concluded.
Proving Fault in a Motorcycle Injury Claim
Success in a personal injury claim is not easy. If you would like to collect money to help pay for your losses resulting from a motorcycle accident, you will need to prove that the other driver was negligent and at least 51% at fault for the incident.
Acts of negligence include:
- Running a stop sign
- Failing to yield
- Drinking and driving
- Being distracted
- Failing to check blind spots for motorcyclists
On top of proving the other party’s fault, you will have to demonstrate that their negligence directly led to the accident and caused your injuries. If you are found to be 50% or more at fault for your accident, then you will not be able to recover any compensation for your injuries.
Powerful, Comprehensive Representation
With so much at stake, do not face the insurance companies alone. Reach out to Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys before you make another move. Our Savannah motorcycle accident attorneys are skilled at negotiating with insurers for a fair settlement. If no fair deal can be made, we have the knowledge and experience to take your claim to court.
Can I still file a claim if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
Not wearing a helmet is a bad idea because it is illegal in most cases and extremely dangerous in all situations. However, you don’t lose your right to file a motorcycle accident claim just because you didn’t have a helmet on. If your crash was caused by someone else, then you can still bring a claim against them.
You can expect your liability to go up because you didn’t have a helmet, though. The more liability you have, the more difficult it becomes to get the compensation that you need.
Could a driver blame you for a motorcycle accident that occurred while lane splitting?
It is unlawful to lane-split while riding a motorcycle in Georgia. Because lane-splitting should not be done, it makes sense that a driver would not expect a motorcycle to be in their blind spot and directly adjacent to their vehicle while it is in motion. It will be much easier for the driver to blame you and escape liability if you lane-split. To be safe, don’t do it.
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Our firm has a long track record of successful verdicts & settlements for the seriously injured, including many in excess of policy limits.
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When it comes to fighting for your recovery, we refuse to settle for anything less than the full and fair compensation you deserve.