What to Know About Motorcycle Accident Claims
Motorcycle accidents can severely injure motorcyclists while the driver of the car may walk away relatively unscathed. Due to issues of visibility, motorcyclists can be easily hit when they are not seen. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to be compensated for your losses.
While for the most part, motorcycle-accident claims will be similar to auto-accident claims; there are a few additional considerations to keep in mind: Motorcyclists, though quite vulnerable when on the road, are often depicted in the media as reckless and unsafe drivers. In actuality, motorcyclists tend to have a heightened awareness of safety concerns. Especially when it comes to fault, many car drivers may deny liability on the basis that they couldn’t see the motorcyclist, and therefore they must have been not driving safely. Review Georgia’s motorcycle laws on rider and bike requirements. If you were adhering to these laws on how your bike must be outfitted in order to be visible, it is not your fault you were overlooked.
Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can often be catastrophic. If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, speak with an attorney about our case. Severe injuries may complicate your personal injury claim and you will have the best chance at a full and fair settlement if you have experienced representation. Another important consideration when it comes to motorcycle accident claims is the issue of property damage. When cars are hit, they usually suffer exterior damage only, which can easily be fixed in a shop in a matter of days. Cars are also much more resilient than motorcycles. Even if you were involved in an accident at lower speeds, your bike may be totaled and you may have damage to one or more of your accessories. If your bike is repairable, it may take longer to fix if you do not live near a motorcycle mechanic or if special parts need to be ordered.
Accessories added to a motorcycle can make your ride more enjoyable and safer. However, items like saddlebags, helmet cams, and back rests come at a cost and could be significantly damaged in an accident. While an insurance adjuster may try to downplay the value of these items, or even deny their responsibility to compensate you for them, you are entitled to compensation for all your losses, whether they are damage to your bike itself or damage to your accessories. With these considerations in mind, you can approach your claim aware of the issues that may arise.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, Thomas C. Rowsey, P.C. can help. Experienced in personal injury law, attorney Thomas C. Rowsey, P.C. serves those across the greater Atlanta metropolitan area who need assistance with their personal injury claims. Representing clients in Roswell, Alpharetta, Marietta, Milton, Johns Creek, Cumming and Sandy Springs, the experienced legal team at Thomas C. Rowsey Attorneys at Law can be your advocate. Contact our office today at (770) 993-5317 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation. Offering expert legal counsel in personal injury, criminal defense and family law, Thomas C. Rowsey Attorneys at Law are here to help.
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