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Even the most experienced motorcyclist cannot control the actions of other drivers on the road. Because of this, motorcyclists of all skill levels can be involved in catastrophic motorcycle collisions.
After a crash, the other person’s insurance company rushes in with a quick settlement offer. Those people don’t work for you and have their company’s interest in mind. You deserve someone on your side who knows how to help you get the full and fair amount of compensation you deserve.
Attorney Bryce Angell and his team at the Angell Law Firm are skilled at helping win motorcycle accident cases. Call (770) 217-4954 for a free consultation or complete the online form and we’ll get right back to you.
Here is more about Georgia motorcycle accident law and the Types of Damages You Can Claim.
Physical Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists do not have nearly as much protection as car and truck drivers. This is why they often sustain far more serious injuries in accidents. Internal injuries are common in motorcycle accidents including internal bleeding and damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and spleen.
These are often life-threatening. It’s imperative that any individual who believes he has internal injuries immediately seek out medical assistance.
Brain injuries are also incredibly common in motorcycle accidents, especially if the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. If the person survives, brain injuries are often life-changing and debilitating. They can affect the ability to control all or part of the body. And they can alter the person’s entire life experience from diminishing cognitive skills.
Brain injuries can often lead to other serious issues like depression, mood swings, or paralysis. Brain injuries not only affect you today but will also most likely have an impact on your life and general well-being far into the future. These injuries are known as one the most devastating results of a motorcycle collision.
Neck, Back, and Spine Injuries
According to an NIH study, up to 14.4% of motorcycle crashes result in injuries to the neck, back and spine. There are multiple ways including:
- Herniated discs
- Vertebrae fracture
- Soft tissue trauma
- Paralysis (4 types)
- One arm or leg
- An arm and a leg, usually on both sides of the body
- Both legs
- All four limbs
Rib injuries can also occur in a motorcycle accident since there is no seatbelt or airbag protecting the motorcyclist’s ribcage. When the soft tissue around an individual’s ribcage is injured, the heart and lungs can be affected as well. Broken ribs can also cause life-threatening puncture wounds if they make contact with major arteries, the lungs, and other organs. Individuals who receive rib injuries must make sure to obtain prompt medical treatment because these injuries can be fatal if left untreated.
Other Kinds of Injury
While these are a few examples of the most common types of injuries that can result from a motorcycle accident, this list is not comprehensive. There are many other potential injuries that one can sustain in a motorcycle accident, including road rash, and amputated limbs.
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Emotional Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents
Many people know that a motorcycle accident can cause physical injuries, but few realize that these crashes can also cause serious emotional injuries. A motorcycle accident can be an emotionally traumatizing event for victims. It can develop into serious mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety attacks.
What’s Involved in the Claims Process
Atlanta motorcycle riders injured in a crash caused by another person have the legal right to file a personal injury claim against the other party. By retaining an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to file a lawsuit, the prospect of winning the case and full compensation are improved. To succeed the motorcycle rider must be able to prove:
- The defendant (usually the other driver) owed a duty to the rider
- The other driver breached that duty
- The rider’s injuries occurred as a result of the driver breaching their duty
Have questions about your role in your claim process? Read our blog post, “What Does a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Need From Me?”
Duty of Care
All drivers in Atlanta owe what is known as a duty of care to other people on the road — including other drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. A driver’s duty of care is basically a legal obligation to drive reasonably and responsibly in order to prevent collisions. Some ways drivers breach this duty include:
- Failing to check blind spots when turning or changing lanes
- Driving while distracted
- Running a red light
If a driver who has breached this duty causes an accident that injures a motorcyclist, the driver can be held liable to the rider for damages.
Of course, motorcyclists can also breach their duty of care to other drivers. But, it’s important to understand that even if a wreck was caused in part by the rider, a negligence lawsuit may still be viable. Georgia has modified comparative negligence laws, which means plaintiffs in motorcycle accident cases are allowed to recover damages as long as they were less than 50 percent responsible for the crash. However, the amount they recover will be reduced if they were partly to blame for the motorcycle accident. Bryce Angell and his team can help you know whether or not you have a viable negligence case.
Types of Compensation
Because riders are especially vulnerable in motorcycle accidents, a motorcycle wreck can result in significant personal, financial, and emotional injuries. Hospital bills and lost wages add up quickly. The costs of the pain and suffering caused by a motorcycle accident can persist for a long time as well. Fortunately, victims of motorcycle accidents can recover compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. There are three kinds of damages that can be claimed.
Compensatory damages also referred to as economic damages, pay the plaintiff for expenses incurred as a result of the accident. Victims may be awarded compensatory damages for their medical bills, the cost of motorcycle repair, and lost wages related to the crash.
Motorcycle victims can also recover damages for the emotional pain and suffering they have experienced as a result of the crash. It can be difficult to calculate the value of these damages, which is why it’s best to work with an experienced attorney.
Some plaintiffs are also awarded punitive damages in motorcycle accident cases. However, these damages are only awarded if there is evidence that the defendant acted egregiously or with a complete disregard for the consequences of his actions. Punitive damages are not capped.
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Motorcycle Accident Frequently Asked Questions
One of the major causes of death in motorcycle accidents is head injury. This includes traumatic brain injuries and skull fractures, which can lead to severe complications, long-term disabilities, or even death. Despite the known dangers, not all riders consistently wear helmets, which greatly increase the chance of survival in the event of an accident. Other significant causes include chest injuries, internal organ damage, and spinal cord injuries which can lead to paralysis.
While it’s challenging to predict the exact likelihood of any individual getting into a motorcycle accident, we do know that motorcyclists are overrepresented in traffic fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019, motorcyclists were about 29 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a crash per vehicle miles traveled. Factors contributing to accidents can include speed, alcohol use, lack of helmet use, and lack of visibility. However, risks can be mitigated through safe riding practices and protective equipment.
Shoulder pain after a motorcycle accident is common and could be a sign of a range of injuries. These might include fractures, dislocations, sprains, rotator cuff injuries, or damage to the brachial plexus (a network of nerves that send signals from your spine to your shoulder, arm, and hand). Soft tissue injuries, like damage to muscles, ligaments, and tendons, are also common and may not be immediately apparent. Pain could also arise from referred injury, such as a neck or spinal injury. It’s important to seek medical attention immediately following a motorcycle accident, even if injuries seem minor, as symptoms can appear or worsen days after the incident.
The first step is to ensure your safety and then call 911. Try not to move the person unless they are in immediate danger, as moving them might exacerbate potential spinal injuries. If possible and safe, divert traffic or protect the area to prevent further accidents. If the motorcyclist is conscious, keep them calm and reassured help is on the way. Try to get as much information about how they’re feeling without pressuring them. Do not remove their helmet unless it’s absolutely necessary for their breathing. Wait for the emergency services to arrive and provide them with as much information as possible about the accident.