Protecting the Legal Rights of Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Victims
Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable in traffic accidents. Even a fully geared rider can sustain serious injuries. Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer Terrence R. Bethune has been litigating personal injury cases since 1997. If you are a motorcyclist and have suffered harm due to the careless actions of others on the road, we can help you seek compensation for your injuries and start to put your life back together.
Motorcycle Accidents Are on the Rise
With great weather and beautiful scenery, Georgia is a popular state for motorcyclists. Unfortunately, this means that motorcycle accidents are fairly common. In recent years, motorcycle accidents in Fulton County have been trending upward toward 500 each year. Because a rider is particularly at risk for injury in an accident, motorcycle crashes can result in large medical bills and other costs. Motorcyclists who have been injured because of the negligence of another person can potentially collect damages to compensate them for their injuries.
Motorcycle Riders Have the Right to Seek Compensation
A motorcyclist injured in an accident can file a lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident. To prevail in a negligence lawsuit in Georgia, the law requires the plaintiff to prove:
- The defendant owed the motorcyclist a duty;
- The defendant breached the duty; and
- The motorcyclist’s injuries were caused, at least in part, by the defendant’s behavior.
Everyone who operates a vehicle in Georgia owes a duty to those with whom they share the roads. It is a duty of reasonableness, which essentially requires people to drive a car or ride a motorcycle the same way a reasonable person would under the same circumstances. A driver who speeds, follows too closely, or drives in an otherwise dangerous manner has likely breached this duty. And if that driver is responsible for an accident that injures another person, the driver can be legally liable to anyone injured.
In Georgia, personal injury plaintiffs generally have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. Missing this deadline may result in the case being dismissed and recovery of damages forever barred. Be sure to talk to Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer Terrence R. Bethune as soon as you can after a motorcycle accident.
Prevailing Motorcycle Accident Plaintiffs May Collect Damages
A motorcycle rider who wins a negligence lawsuit can collect compensatory damages, which are money damages designed to compensate for the plaintiff’s physical, financial, and emotional injuries. Hospital bills, lost wages, and damage to the motorcycle are all injuries for which the plaintiff can collect damages. If the rider experienced pain and suffering or emotional distress, they also can possibly collect damages to compensate for those injuries as well.
In some cases, plaintiffs can also collect punitive damages if the defendant’s behavior warrants them. Cases arising out of an accident in which drugs or alcohol played a role are not subject to Georgia’s punitive damages cap.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
Motorcycle riders injured by a negligent driver or another motorcyclist can seek compensation for their injuries. Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney Terrence R. Bethune has been helping injured riders since 1997, and is prepared to help you fight for your rights through settlement negotiations or at trial if necessary. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call (404) 875-7800 or visit our contact page for a free consultation.