Thomasville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle Accident Attorney Serving Thomasville and Surrounding Areas
Motorcycles are a popular way of getting across town throughout Georgia due to the mild weather the state experiences year-round. Motorcycles offer a convenient way of getting from place to place in Thomasville, along with the ability to enjoy the pleasant weather outside. Unfortunately, motorcycles do not offer much protection to drivers and riders, and therefore any collision with another motor vehicle or truck could cause severe injuries. If you have been in an accident while riding, you need the help of an experienced Thomasville motorcycle accident lawyer to get you the answers you need about filing a claim for your injuries.
The statistics on motorcycles in Albany, Georgia, offer both enlightening and concerning information. Motorcycles make up only a small fraction of registered vehicles in Georgia, just 2%, yet the occurrence of motorcycle accidents is alarmingly frequent. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2019, there were 154 fatalities related to motorcycle incidents throughout Georgia.
The number of fatalities caused by motorcycle accidents has steadily increased from 2013 to 2016. Motorcycle accidents, unfortunately, have a higher probability of having fatalities due to the lack of protection. A helmet does protect from the most extreme brain injuries, but the rest of the body is exposed to harm. A direct impact from a large truck will have devastating repercussions on a motorcyclist. Injuries after a motorcycle accident may include the following:
- Broken bones
- Emotional Trauma
- Traumatic brain injury
Many of these injuries will require ongoing medical treatment, and possibly a leave of absence from work. All these expenses will continue to add up while you are receiving treatment, making it important to bring a claim for damages as soon as possible. Attorney Christopher K. Rodd and his team can help you understand the process and assist you with getting started.
Motorcycle Accidents and Personal Injury Claims
A claim for damages may be brought after a motorcycle accident against the responsible party. However, the other party’s insurance company will often try to contact you or your loved one shortly after the motorcycle accident. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, and it is, therefore, important to discuss your accident with a skilled Thomasville personal injury attorney prior to settling any claim with the insurance company. Insurance companies will often estimate the amount of current damages, but might not always take into account future damages. Motorcycle accidents are often severe and require ongoing treatment and medical care. Some injuries will also lead to a complete lifestyle change, which could impact your ability to hold a job and provide for your family. A claim for damages must, therefore, take all of this into account when calculating the full damages.
As a victim of a motorcycle accident, you are entitled to include the following in your claim:
- Medical expenses
- Future earnings
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Georgia is a comparative negligence state, which means that even if you are at fault for the accident, Georgia law allows you to recover the full amount of damages. However, if it is determined that your fault exceeds 50 percent, you will not be able to recover anything. An experienced personal injury attorney will work with you to carefully examine the facts of the case, and determine whether there are any issues with the accident report that could impact your total amount of damages.
Contact the Thomasville Personal Injury Lawyers at The Rodd Firm Today
Motorcycles offer a sense of freedom to riders, and this peace is disrupted when car and truck drivers do not uphold the basic duty of care as a driver on the roadways. If you have a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident, you are entitled to bring a claim for damages against the driver. Contact our Thomasville, Georgia office today for your initial free consultation.