Motorcycle Accident Attorney
At Dermer Appel Ruder, we care about motorcyclists’ rights. We know motorcyclists don’t always get fair personal injury trials. Biases against “reckless” motorcyclists all too often impede justice. It’s our mission to represent motorcyclists in a way that maximizes their financial recovery after harmful accidents. Our law firm:
- Has a combined 80 years of litigation experience, including experience working directly with the insurance industry.
- Is devoted to building relationships with our clients to understand the unique situations they are in.
- Takes our clients’ needs into consideration through every step of the process, including taking a case to trial if it is necessary to secure maximum compensation.
In 2016, 172 motorcyclists died in the state of Georgia. We believe just one motorcyclist death due to negligence is too many. If you need legal counsel following a personal injury or the death of a loved one, contact our Georgia motorcycle accident attorneys at (404) 620-2224 today.
Why Are Motorcycles Dangerous?
Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable to health hazards and risks in collisions. They risk exposure to dangerous elements such as flying debris, broken glass, tough metal, and the asphalt. Injuries are often more serious, including traumatic brain injuries and permanent spinal cord injuries. Since motorcycle accident injuries can easily be catastrophic, victims need to talk to Georgia motorcycle accident lawyers with experience handling these specific types of claims.
Motorcycle Laws in Georgia
You must be at least 16 years of age and have a special Class M license to operate a motorcycle in the state of Georgia. Motorcyclists must pass vision, road skills, and written knowledge tests before they can acquire these licenses. Georgia has a statewide universal helmet law that requires all motorcycle operators and their passengers to wear approved helmets at all times. Helmets must have the stamp of approval from the Department of Transportation (DOT) or Snell. Motorcyclists must also use DOT-approved eye protection.
All motorcyclists must carry adequate vehicle insurance at all times. The minimum coverage amounts are $25,000 each for bodily injury/death of one person and property damage, as well as $50,000 for bodily injury/death for two or more people. All injured motorcyclists have the right to seek damage recovery through the civil justice system in Georgia following an accident. If the motorcyclist can prove the other driver’s negligence, he or she can receive money damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
In our decades of combined legal experience, we’ve come to learn that some motorcycle accident causes are more common than others. Recognizing the most common reasons these crashes happen can help you stay safe and unharmed on Georgia’s roadways. The following are some of the most frequent causes of motorcycle crashes:
- Driver negligence
- Driver distraction
- Dangerous roadways
- Potholes, debris, gravel, etc.
- Construction site hazards
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Bad weather
- Wet roads
In most cases, another driver will be at fault for causing a motorcycle accident. Drivers often fail to look carefully for oncoming motorcyclists or misjudge the distance or speed at which the bike is moving. Drivers pulling out in front of motorcyclists at intersections is a common accident type, as are rear-end collisions and T-bone accidents. Our Georgia motorcycle accident attorneys will go over the details of your case, ensuring you receive the largest maximum compensation.
Liability in a Georgia Motorcycle Accident
To determine liability for your motorcycle wreck, you may need help from a lawyer. One of our lead motorcycle accident attorneys can investigate your crash, identify the most likely causes, and determine a defendant based on the facts of the case. The party liable for your damages will be the one most at fault for causing the crash. This might be a driver, product manufacturer, or roadway maintenance crew.
A free consultation with one of our Georgia accident lawyers can open your eyes to all the liability possibilities in your case. We excel at resolving unique challenges in personal injury claims. We’ll put all our available resources to work on your case, fighting for the best possible results. Our experience in the local Peachtree Corners area can work in your favor in terms of our court connections and in-depth knowledge of local motorcycle laws. Contact us today to learn more about your rights after a crash.
Serving Atlanta and all surrounding areas including but not limited to Alpharetta, Duluth, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Peachtree Corners & Roswell.
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Attentive Legal Representation
When you retain our Georgia injury attorneys, you never work with a “case manager”. We know our clients and we respond to their questions and concerns and keep them informed and involved every step of the way.
Millions Recovered for Our Clients
Since opening our firm, we have had a very high level of success in our plaintiff’s cases, recovering millions for clients throughout Georgia.
80+ Years of Experience On Your Side
We know how the insurance industry functions and how to maximize results for our injured clients. Should your case be tried by a jury, we are more than confident in the courtroom.