Hawk Law Group | January 13, 2022 | Motorcycle Accidents
It’s always important to exercise caution when riding a motorcycle. Statistically, when a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, their odds of dying are 29 times greater than passengers in a car, truck, or similar vehicle.
Even motorcyclists who survive their accidents will likely sustain major injuries. They don’t have a metal frame protecting them. Thus, they are more likely to be thrown from their bikes and onto the road during an accident.
Have you been involved in a motorcycle accident in the Augusta, Georgia area? You may be left with medical bills, lost wages, and various other losses as a result.
You could potentially recover compensation for such losses. Review your case with a motorcycle accident attorney to learn more about your options.
How an Attorney Can Help You Recover Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident in Georgia
You may be involved in an Augusta motorcycle accident even if you exercise caution. Accidents often occur because someone was negligent. Thus, you may be harmed in an accident through no fault of your own.
You can seek compensation for your medical bills and related losses by filing a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party’s insurer. However, the process of recovering compensation can be more complex than you think.
You must first identify who caused the accident. The identity of the negligent party or parties is not always immediately apparent in these circumstances. Thus, it’s usually necessary to conduct a thorough investigation.
You then need to document the full extent of your losses. This can involve accounting for such losses as your:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering
You must then present all this documentation and evidence to an insurance company in the form of a claim. Calculating the value of damages often requires extensive experience. You will have to account for the past and future losses related to your injury.
Even if you calculate your losses perfectly, you should not expect the insurance company to immediately offer a fair payout.
The Complexities of a Claim
An insurance company’s goal is to minimize its financial liability when a victim files a claim. An insurer’s first response to your claim may be to deny it altogether.
Even if an insurer can’t justify denying your claim, they will still likely try to convince you to settle for less than it is worth. They may even use another method to avoid paying you: comparative fault.
Georgia law denies plaintiffs the right to recover compensation if it can be shown that they could have prevented their own injuries had they exercised “ordinary care.” For example, perhaps you were involved in a motorcycle accident with a speeding driver.
However, suppose your injuries were more severe because you weren’t wearing your motorcycle helmet. This could prevent you from being able to recover compensation.
This highlights one of many reasons to enlist the help of an attorney when seeking compensation. Your lawyer will understand the tactics an insurer might use to get out of paying you. They’ll negotiate on your behalf for a fair settlement.
Your attorney will also handle such tasks as:
- Investigating the accident
- Documenting your losses
- Filing a claim and handling all administrative tasks
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be a very difficult time. During this challenging experience, your main priority should be to focus on your recovery. One of our personal injury lawyers in Augusta, GA can make that easier by handling all aspects of your case and boosting your chances of recovering compensation.
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