If you sustained an injury in an accident, you could have the right to pursue compensation from the party whose negligence caused your injury.
With multiple decades of experience, our law firm has a track record of obtaining settlements and verdicts for accident victims. Our Savannah motorcycle accident lawyers have helped past clients who suffered injuries in motorcycle crashes recover $450,000 – $650,000 in compensation to cover their losses.
Compensation You Could Obtain for a Motorcycle Accident Injury
The damages you recover in your case depend on the type and severity of your injury.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists can sustain serious injuries in crashes. Examples of possible injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Fractures/broken bones
- Broken ribs
- Head injuries
- Internal organ damage
You must seek medical attention immediately after a motorcycle accident. Some of the most serious injuries are not visible to the naked and untrained eye. A doctor who knows you have been in a collision will know how to check for injuries. They will document what they find, making it easier to link your injury to the accident.
Types of Recoverable Damages
From our experience, motorcycle accident victims can recover the following types of damages:
- Doctors’ and surgeons’ fees
- Emergency transportation (ambulance, helicopter, etc.)
- Prescription medications
- Hospitalization costs
- Physical therapy/rehabilitation
- Home modifications (wheelchair ramps, door widening, etc.)
- Replacement services (lawn maintenance, childcare, etc.)
- Lost income and benefits
- Diminished future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Diminished enjoyment of life
Our legal team will review your losses and get you results to recover from your injury and move on with your life.
For a free legal consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer serving Savannah, call 404-214-2001
What You Get When You Hire Our Law Firm for Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Our legal team handles every aspect of your case to recover damages.
We Establish Negligence
Georgia law requires more than proof of fault to recover damages in a personal injury case. Our lawyers must prove the at-fault party’s negligence caused your injury. We will do this by providing evidence that supports the four legal elements of negligence:
- Duty of care: Someone owed you a legal responsibility to act in a way that would prevent you from suffering an injury.
- Breach of duty: This person failed to fulfill their duty of care through their actions or lack of action.
- Causation: This breach of duty caused your motorcycle accident.
- Damages: You sustained damages (physical, financial, emotional) from your injury.
We Investigate Your Motorcycle Accident
When you hire our law firm, our attorneys will investigate your accident to gather the evidence we need to prove your claim. Toward that end, we could:
- Go to the accident scene
- Review videos from traffic and surveillance cameras
- Obtain the police report
- Interview witnesses
- Work with accident reconstruction specialists
- Gather your injury-related medical reports
- Request wage statements from your employer
- Collaborate with medical, economic, and occupational therapy experts
We Negotiate with the Insurance Company
Most personal injury cases never go to trial. Rather, the at-fault party’s insurance company usually agrees to a settlement. Our lawyers know how to work with insurers, so they do not get away with undervaluing your claim.
Your team will detail your losses and present them to the insurance company in a demand letter. This is where the negotiating process begins. Our firm will fight to get you a fair and reasonable settlement. If, however, the insurer does not cooperate, your lawyer will take the next step and file a lawsuit.
We File a Lawsuit on Your Behalf
Our lawyers do not shy away from trial. If we cannot settle with the insurer, we can have a civil court decide the matter of your compensation.
Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33) gives you two years from the date of your motorcycle accident to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. We will investigate and negotiate for damages. If your legal representatives must take legal action, we can do so before the statute expires in your case. Of course, the sooner you begin the process, the better.
Keep in mind that if the City of Savannah or some other government entity is the at-fault party in your case, O.C.G.A. § 36-33-5 requires that you file a Notice of Intent with the government agency within six months of the collision. Your motorcycle accident lawyer could write this document for you.
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How Much Will It Cost You to Hire Our Personal Injury Law Firm?
Our law firm works on a contingency-fee basis. This means our team only charges you legal fees if we win you a settlement or court award.
Furthermore, your initial consultation is free. When you call our firm, our representatives will review your case and inform you of your options for moving forward with a claim and/or lawsuit.
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Who Is Liable in a Savannah Motorcycle Accident?
Anyone whose negligence caused your motorcycle crash is liable for your injuries.
Many motorcycle accidents result from another motorist’s negligence, making that driver liable for damages. Negligent motorist behavior that can cause a motorcycle collision include:
- Making a left-turn in front of the motorcyclist
- Driving while intoxicated or while under the influence
- Driving while distracted
- Driving at excessive speeds
- Side swiping
- Failure to yield
- Not noticing the motorcyclist
- Underestimating the speed of the motorcycle
- Failure to check before changing lanes
- Failure to check blind spot
- Rear-end collisions
Other Liable Parties
In other cases, however, other negligent parties emerge. In the case of defective motorcycle components, the manufacturer of the faulty component – and any party in the supply chain – would be liable for damages.
Sometimes, a construction company will leave equipment on the road, causing a motorcycle to crash into the obstacle. Such negligence would make the construction company liable.
Crashes sometimes result from negligence on behalf of a government agency. This could include poorly maintained roads, debris, faded road striping, or inadequate roadway signage. Chatham County Public Works could be liable for an accident that occurs in or near Savannah.
Georgia’s Fault Law Could Affect Your Settlement or Court Award
If your motorcycle accident occurred in Savannah, you would be held to Georgia’s contributory negligence law (O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33). Under this law, if you were more than 50 percent at fault for the collision, you could not recover damages.
On the flip side, if you were less at fault for the crash than the other party, you could recover damages. The amount you recover would be reduced by the percentage of your share of liability, though.
For example, if you were slightly speeding on the W.F. Lynes Parkway when another driver was weaving through traffic and crashed into you, the insurance company could find you to be 10 percent at fault. If your settlement or court award was $100,000, you would receive 10 percent less than that amount, or $900,000.
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Our Lawyers are Here to Help You After a Motorcycle Accident in Savannah
If you suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident, please know that you need not bear your medical costs, loss of income, and pain and suffering alone. Our lawyers will fight to recover damages on your behalf, enabling you to focus on your physical and emotional recovery.
Call Kaine Law today for a free consultation: (404) 214-2001.