Motorcycle Accidents

When a collision occurs involving a motorcycle, the motorcyclist is 30 times as likely to be killed and five times as likely to be injured as the occupants of a passenger vehicle. Motorcycle riders are at risk of head injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones and road rash, among other injuries.

Unfortunately, motorcyclists are in accidents not because of their own actions but because other drivers make dangerous choices. Drivers who cause motorcycle collisions need to be held legally accountable for losses and damages that result. An Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer at the Law Office of Brian C. McCarthy can represent riders who have been injured as well as family members who have lost loved ones. Give us a call to schedule an evaluation of your case and to get answers to important questions including:

  • Who is responsible for my motorcycle accident?
  • What should I do after I get hurt in a motorcycle collision?
  • How can an Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer help me?

Who is Responsible for a Motorcycle Accident?

Many motorcycle accidents occur at intersections when drivers are making left turns and they fail to see a motorcyclist in their path. Accidents can also happen when drivers follow motorcycle riders too closely, underestimate the rider's speed, or change lanes into the area where a motorcyclist is riding.

Drivers often don't understand how to share the road in a safe way with a motorcycle rider, and could cause an injury simply because they are careless and don't obey the rules of the road. This is what campaigns like Look Twice, Save a Life try to prevent. Any time a driver fails to obey the rules or is more negligent behind the wheel than an average reasonable driver would be, that motorist can become legally responsible for any resulting motorcycle accident.

Motorcycle riders may also be more susceptible to injuries from poorly designed or poorly maintained roads because the bikes provide little protection and can't easily absorb bumps or potholes in the road. This means riders could potentially sue road designers or agencies responsible for road maintenance.

Finally, in some cases, the motorcycle itself will malfunction in a way that leads to an accident or causes injuries to occur. In these cases, a product liability lawsuit could be filed against the manufacturer.

What Should I Do After I Get Hurt in a Motorcycle Collision?

When you get hurt in a motorcycle collision, the first step is to determine the cause of the accident and whether there are any responsible parties you can make a claim against. An Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer can help you to determine if you should file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit and who the defendants should be.

In many cases, when you take legal action, your claim will be resolved outside of court. The insurance company representing the defendant may make you an offer to pay a lump sum of money in exchange for signing a release of liability and promising not to sue. Before you sign or agree to a settlement, speak with an Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney to ensure you are getting the compensation the law says you are entitled to receive.

If no settlement is reached, your attorney will help you to prove your case in court so you can be compensated for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress or the wrongful death of a loved one.

How Can an Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help Me?

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle collision, an Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer will assist you in pursuing a damage claim, obtaining evidence and obtaining the money you need for your bills and losses.

Contact the Law Office of Brian C. McCarthy today to speak with a member of our legal team and learn more about how we can represent you.