Motorcycle accidents may have devastating and long-term consequences for a rider. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in this type of wreck, it is important to contact a dedicated Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney who can investigate the facts of your case. Personal injury lawyer T. Andrew Miller has helped many Georgia residents seek the compensation that they deserve for their harm. He has received a number of accolades for his legal achievements, including being named a “Rising Star” by Georgia Super Lawyers 2014, 2015, and 2016.Taking Legal Action After a Motorcycle Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle accident statistics from 2013 reveal that 4,668 riders died in collisions across the United States. This accounted for 14.3 percent of the total traffic fatalities that year. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia reports that there were 134 motorcycle fatalities in Georgia in 2012.
Motorcycle wrecks, like other automobile accidents, may be a result of a driver’s negligence. Every driver is expected to exercise reasonable care behind the wheel rather than taking unnecessary risks that may foreseeably cause injuries to other people. Reasonable care refers to the obligation to act as a prudent person would act in the same circumstances. In the context of a motorcycle accident case, a driver’s conduct will be compared to how a prudent driver would have handled the same weather, road, and traffic conditions, as well as any other factors that would affect a person’s driving.
In order to establish negligence, the plaintiff has the burden to show four main elements by a preponderance of the evidence. These are a duty of care owed by the driver to the victim, a breach in the duty of care consisting of a certain careless action, causation connecting the breach to the motorcycle accident, and actual damages that resulted from the wreck.
All too often, motorcycle accidents have the potential to result in serious injuries, due to the fact that a motorcycle does not offer the type of structural protection that enclosed vehicles provide. Under Georgia law, a plaintiff may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages for their harm. Typically, a plaintiff will be able to seek compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost income, pain and suffering, property damage, and any other costs arising from the accident.Discuss a Motorcycle Accident Case with an Atlanta Attorney
Motorcycles are typically a great source of fun and an efficient way to travel, but they may also be very dangerous. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you should contact Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer T. Andrew Miller. You can rest assured that Attorney Miller can advocate for your rights at every step of the process, including during the initial investigation, in settlement negotiations, and at trial. He also represents people in Stone Mountain, Marietta, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Alpharetta, and other communities throughout Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett Counties. You can reach us by telephone at (678) 894-4758 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney.