You may be able to get financial recovery to help pay for expenses related to your Clarke County bicycle collision. Georgia law allows you to file an insurance claim or sue the at-fault motorist if they hit you while you were riding your bike.
At Kaine Law, our team can help gather evidence and prove your case. You deserve to receive compensation if a motorist caused you physical, emotional, and financial harm. Let our team review your case and explain your next steps during a complimentary consultation today.
How Much is My Bicycle Collision Case Worth?
You should know there is no such thing as an average bicycle accident settlement. Every crash is different, and we have to evaluate each based on its unique facts to determine fault and value.
When an accident occurs, the potential payout for the victim depends on many factors, including:
- The diagnosis and necessary medical care
- The circumstances that led to the collision
- How much time the victim missed away from work and other activities
- If they have a long-term or permanent disability
- Their quality of life going forward
- The insurance coverage of the driver
It is important to know that there is no cap on damages in Georgia. This means that you may be able to recover as much as we can prove your case is worth. We have to do the following, though:
- Establish there is enough insurance coverage
- Get an award from the other party
Identifying and Documenting Your Recoverable Damages
If our attorneys manage your case, we will gather the documentation necessary to show the harm you suffered because of the liable party’s negligence. Some examples of the losses and costs that may support recovery include:
- Medical care
- Future medical needs and support for long-term injuries
- Missed work and related income
- Diminished ability to work
- Property damages
- Scarring, disfigurement, and disability
- Pain and suffering damages
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer serving Athens, call 404-214-2001
How Kaine Law Helps Bicycle Accident Victims in Athens
At Kaine Law, our attorney Evan Kaine has decades of experience seeking and securing payouts for our clients hurt by another person’s carelessness or recklessness. Our previous clients report feeling less stressed and more confident about the outcome of their case once we were on board. You can learn more by reviewing our client testimonials.
You can count on our team to:
- Investigate what happened
- Obtain records and documents crucial to your case
- Manage case communication with the insurer
- Reconstruct the accident, if needed
- File your insurance claim and negotiate for a fair agreement
- Sue the at-fault party, as necessary
- Represent you at trial and throughout the legal process
Our team never asks for money up front from clients. Instead, we get paid a portion of the recovery we get for them, whether that is a settlement or verdict.
Areas We Serve
In addition to Athens, we represent clients in:
- Other areas of Georgia
If we can prove the motorist who hit you caused your crash, we may be able to hold them responsible and recover money for you. You may also qualify for a financial recovery—even if you contributed to the crash per O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33. This statute lets you seek damages as long as you were less than 50 percent liable. However, any fault assigned to you will reduce your compensation.
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How Can I Prove the Driver Who Hit Me Was Negligent and Caused the Crash?
You can recover compensation if you were partially at fault for your injuries. This can make it more difficult to recover the money you need to pay your bills, though. The best option is to have strong evidence proving the other driver acted negligently. This can mitigate any accusations against you.
We will need to gather and present proof of the four elements of negligence to show fault and liability. Under Georgia law, these elements include:
- Duty of care: The driver had an obligation to take specific actions to keep others safe, usually following traffic laws.
- Breach of duty: The motorist failed to do what they had an obligation to do.
- Causation: The driver’s carelessness or recklessness caused the crash.
- Damages: You suffered financial losses and physical and emotional harm.
For example, imagine a driver turning right did not first look left to see you in the bike lane continuing straight. We will need to prove that the driver had an obligation to look for anyone in the bike lane, failed to do so, collided with you as a result, and you suffered losses.
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Timeline for Suing the Driver Who Hit You
A two-year time limit applies in most car accidents, bicycle accidents, and personal injury cases in Georgia. Under O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, you may not be able to begin a lawsuit after this deadline.
If the liable party was a federal or state worker, university employee, or municipal worker who was on the job, you may have less time to act. Kaine Law may be able to help based on the specifics of your case. We provide consultations for free. You do not even have to leave your home. We will come to you.
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Speak with a Kaine Law Team Member Serving Athens Today
At Kaine Law, we offer free case consultations to victims of Athens bicycle accidents. We can help you better understand your legal options, answer your questions, and determine the best path forward for you.
Call (404) 214-2001 to talk to a team member about your accident and injuries for free today.