Facing injuries in a motorcycle accident can potentially take your life as you know it away from you. Injured motorcycle riders often face life-altering injuries like amputation, paralysis, and severe head trauma. Even with lesser injuries like broken bones, you could face serious interruptions in your life due to hospitalizations and time away from work.
Injured victims deserve compensation from the driver who injured them. Our lawyers can help you if another driver caused your crash and you were injured through no fault of your own. Even in cases where part of the damages can arguably be blamed on you, our lawyers can hold drivers responsible for their fair share of the harm and economic damages you suffered.
Call Howe Law’s Augusta motorcycle accident attorneys today at (844) 876-4357 for a free review of your potential injury claim.
Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents in Martinez, GA
If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, you do not need anyone to tell you about the injuries you might have faced. You know better than anyone what happened, and you know how much pain you now face and how much your injury has affected your lives. What you might not realize is that you are not alone. Our motorcycle lawyers see that all of the following are somewhat common as far as severe injuries go in motorcycle accident cases, and we will explain how each of these can lead to quite substantial damages in your case:
Traumatic amputation – when the accident itself causes the amputation – and surgical amputation – when amputation is required to save healthy tissue – can have different results. With some traumatic amputation cases, the limb can be reattached, but with most cases of amputation, overall, this is not possible.
This often means these injuries are permanent, resulting in substantial pain and suffering because of the physical pain, the mental anguish and loss when you lose a limb, the difficulty and adversity of learning to walk or otherwise go about your life with a prosthetic or without the missing body part. As such, our attorneys often seek to recover quite substantial dollar amounts for these injuries.
Spinal Injuries and Paralysis
Like with amputation, these injuries are often permanent. Paralysis is rarely reversible, though some feeling or range of motion might be recoverable. In other cases of spinal injury that do not result in paralysis, long-term disabilities, discomfort, weakness, and reduced movement are common.
As such, these injuries often affect your ability to work, your ability to ride a motorcycle again, and even your ability to care for yourself and your family at home, to lift your children or grandchildren, and to go about your life as you used to. This loss is nearly immeasurable, and our attorneys will seek high-dollar settlements and awards for severe spinal injuries and paralysis.
Although your helmet is meant to protect you, helmets can be severely damaged during a motorcycle crash, come off entirely, or be penetrated by debris. While many motorcycle riders avoid head injuries because of their helmet, those who do suffer head injuries in motorcycle crashes often face more severe injuries that the helmet did not stop.
As with the other injuries listed here, you can often face permanent effects and changes to your everyday life, allowing us to demand potentially very high damages in your case.
Seeking Damages in a Motorcycle Accident in Martinez, GA
Motorcycle accidents work somewhat similarly to all other motor vehicle accidents in Georgia. The at-fault driver is typically the one who is supposed to pay for damages in these cases, with their insurance often being on the hook for most of the monetary payments you receive. However, insurance companies are not always going to pay what they owe without a fight.
In many cases, filing an insurance claim can get you some of your damages paid, but it is vital not to accept payments or sign any settlement papers from the other driver’s insurance company before our lawyers review your case. Many of these papers might function as a legal settlement agreement, where you effectively sign away your right to sue or receive additional damages in the future by accepting some payments now. It is important that, if we can settle your case, you settle only for the final value you are willing to accept.
In some cases, you might have first-party insurance benefits such as MedPay that will provide some damages now so you can afford to go to the hospital and cover costs while your case is pending. These damages are typically paid by your own insurance and do not function as a settlement, but they may allow your insurance company to recoup these costs later after your case against the at-fault driver is successful.
Ultimately, if the at-fault driver and their insurance company do not pay you what you deserve and do not settle for a fair amount, we may need to challenge the case in court to get your injuries paid for.
Suing for Injuries After a Motorcycle Crash in Martinez, GA
When you sue for damages in court, our lawyers can present evidence and witness testimony to explain to the jury what happened. It is the judge’s duty to answer legal questions and act much like a referee in the case, as well as determining what evidence is allowed. It is, however, the jury’s decision as to what facts they believe and how much they determine your claim to be worth. Our lawyers can help you understand the process of going to court for your motorcycle accident case if we are unable to get you a fair settlement out of court.
Call Our Martinez, GA Motorcycle Accident and Injury Lawyers Today
For a free case evaluation with Howe Law’s motorcycle accident lawyers, call (844) 876-4357 today.