Answers to Common Questions About Motorcycle Accidents in Georgia
When you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be overwhelmed with questions and concerns. While an accident victim’s most common concerns tend to focus on one’s diagnosis and prognosis, financial concerns often add to the stress associated with serious injuries. If you are taken to the hospital in an ambulance and admitted for treatment, your medical bills alone can be thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. When your injuries force you to miss work, your family may struggle to cover basic monthly expenses. If you are facing these economic and physical obstacles, you should consult with an experienced and knowledgable personal injury attorney at Montlick & Associates to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights.
At Montlick and Associates, we have been representing those injured in motorcycle accidents for over three decades. We understand that there are questions that many people have after being involved in a collision while riding their bike, and we have provided answers to some of those questions in this blog article.
How long will it take to resolve my motorcycle accident case?
This is an extremely important question for motorcycle crash victims who have medical bills and monthly expenses spiraling out of control. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question because the time it takes to resolve a motorcycle accident claim is affected by a range of factors that vary from case to case. Some of the factors that will impact the length of time it takes to resolve your case include, among others:
- Whether the case settles without extensive litigation
- The complexity of the legal and factual issues
- The county of venue
- The extent to which the court docket is backlogged
- Aggressiveness of the defense
- The strength of evidence regarding liability
These are only a few of the factors that can impact the time needed to resolve a motorcycle crash claim. Some cases settle within a few weeks or months while others can take years.
Can I settle my case now if I am in paid but think my injuries will heal soon?
When you are injured in a motorcycle collision, you should never settle a motorcycle injury claim prior to consulting with one of our attorneys. Additionally, while you might anticipate that you will completely recover, this can be a costly assumption. If you have injuries that are not initially detected or your prognosis is overly optimistic, you need to be sure that you do not settle your case prematurely. Before you receive a settlement check, the insurance company will require that you sign a release that waives future claims arising out of the motorcycle crash. This means that if you need subsequent surgeries, the medical bills generally will not be covered. Further, the pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages associated with an unanticipated surgery also will not be covered.
What is the point of speaking with a motorcycle accident injury attorney if the accident report indicates I was at-fault?
Unfortunately, accident reports prepared by law enforcement officers in motorcycle crash cases can be unfavorable to a motorcyclists. If the rider is taken to the hospital from the scene, vehicle occupants in the passenger car will have more opportunity to provide witness statements. Drivers of passenger vehicles also are more likely to have passengers to corroborate their stories, so this can result in the initial police report inaccurately assigning fault to the motorcyclist.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers frequently, in the appropriate cases, conduct independent investigations that reach different conclusions than the official police accident report. This investigation might be assisted by having additional information from the motorcycle operator and/or passenger that was not provided at the scene because the rider and passenger were rushed to the hospital. We might also work with experts in accident reconstruction and motorcycle engineering when evaluating liability. Even if the motorcycle operator was partially at-fault, this will not completely bar recovery unless the level of fault assigned to the rider is fifty percent or more. The bottom line is that you should consult with our attorneys, who can examine the facts and circumstances of what happened and advise one what steps can be taken to protect your rights to compensation.
How should I respond if the other driver’s insurance adjuster is asking for information to settle my claim?
Generally, you should be extremely cautious about responding to the other driver’s insurance adjuster. There might be ways the information you provide can be used against you later. Motorcycle crash victims should never agree to provide a recorded statement or sign anything without legal advice without first speaking with an attorney.
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