Hurt in a motorcycle accident in Georgia? If so, you have the right to seek compensation from that driver who hit you or anyone else who could be at fault for the crash. Let a Georgia motorcycle accident lawyer from Bayuk Pratt fight for the financial recovery you need to put your life back together again.

Our team has over 50 years of combined legal experience and has recovered over $300 million for our clients. As former senior partners at some of the top defense law firms, founders Frank Bayuk and Bradley Pratt have seen first-hand how insurers and their attorneys fight accident claims. They founded Bayuk Pratt to leverage their experience on behalf of injury victims, giving their clients an advantage when taking on insurers after life-altering accidents.

Let us use the insights we’ve learned to pursue the money you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. Contact Bayuk Pratt for a free initial case review with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Georgia, and let’s get to work on your claim today.

Benefits of Hiring a Georgia Attorney for Your Motorcycle Accident Claim

If you’ve suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle accident, you deserve to focus your time and energy on your medical treatment and rehabilitation — not on filling out paperwork and dealing with pushy insurance adjusters. By hiring an attorney from Bayuk Pratt for your motorcycle accident claim, you’ll benefit from having an advocate who can handle the details of your case while you heal.

Our law firm will fight to get you the financial resources you need for your recovery by:

  • Investigating the accident to recover the evidence we need to build your claim
  • Identifying liable parties and applicable insurance coverage
  • Documenting your injuries and calculating your ongoing and future losses so that we know exactly how much you’re owed
  • Filing your claims and handling communications and negotiations with insurance adjusters and defense attorneys
  • Keeping you updated on the progress of your claims and advising you as you make decisions at each stage of the case
  • Vigorously pursuing maximum financial recovery for you, whether through a settlement or by taking your case to trial, if necessary

Many prospective clients worry about the cost of engaging a lawyer, especially because money’s already tight following an accident. But do not worry — we take cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we recover compensation for you first. That means you get the benefit of our experience and skill without having to put up any money to get started.

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Taking prompt action after a motorcycle collision can put you in a better position to pursue compensation later. Here’s what you should do after a motorcycle accident in Georgia:

  • Report the crash to law enforcement and obtain a copy of the police accident report.
  • Seek medical attention to diagnose your injuries and begin treatment. Follow your doctor’s recovery instructions.
  • Request copies of medical records of your injury treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Notify your motorcycle insurance provider about the accident.
  • Keep all bills, invoices, and receipts for expenses you incur during your recovery.
  • Gather copies of your pay stubs or income statements to calculate lost wages you may have incurred.
  • Refrain from posting on social media, as the insurance company can use what you say against you.

Finally, contact a Georgia motorcycle accident attorney from Bayuk Pratt as soon as possible. The quicker you do, the quicker we can start pursuing the money you deserve.

How We Investigate Georgia Motorcycle Accident Cases

At Bayuk Pratt, we know from experience that a successful motorcycle accident claim requires a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident and the identity of those who are at fault for it. Our legal team will prepare a compelling motorcycle accident case by relying on evidence such as:

  • Police crash reports
  • Arrest/traffic citation records
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Surveillance/traffic camera footage
  • Dashcam or helmet cam footage
  • Driver’s cell phone records
  • Vehicle event data recorder (“black box”) logs
  • Vehicle maintenance and repair records
  • Post-accident vehicle inspections
  • Accident reconstruction expert reports and testimony

Compensation You Could Recover in a Georgia Motorcycle Accident Claim

Depending on the circumstances, your motorcycle accident compensation can include money for:

  • Repair costs to fix damage to your motorcycle or reimbursement if the crash totaled your bike
  • Medical treatment and rehabilitation costs
  • Costs of long-term disability care and replacement services
  • Ongoing and future losses of income and job benefits if you become unable to continue with your job or perform other work
  • Physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Reduced quality of life due to disabilities or permanent scarring or disfigurement

How a Motorcycle Accident Differs from a Car Accident

Motorcycle accident claims are different and more complex than car accident claims for a number of reasons, including the following:

Motorcycle Riders Tend To Suffer Severe Injuries

Motorcyclists have little to protect them from the direct force of a crash, which means they often suffer more severe injuries than occupants of passenger vehicles. This fact can complicate legal claims due to the increased value of the case.

At-Fault Drivers May Have Minimal Insurance Coverage

Many drivers choose to carry the minimum liability insurance coverage required in Georgia, which may not be enough to adequately compensate injured motorcyclists.

Drivers and Insurers May Rely on Biases or Stereotypes About Motorcyclists

At-fault drivers and insurance companies may try to avoid liability for a motorcycle accident by leaning on negative stereotypes about motorcyclists. They might claim that the injured rider is inherently shifty or reckless, making them principally responsible for the accident. As a result, riders may need considerable evidence to prove the other party’s fault for the crash.

Parties Who Could Be Held Liable for a Motorcycle Wreck in Georgia

In most cases, an injured rider will file a motorcycle accident claim against the driver who hit them. However, other parties may also bear liability for a motorcycle rider’s injuries. For example:

  • If the accident occurs while the at-fault driver is on the job, the driver’s employer may bear vicarious liability for their employee’s negligence.
  • The owner of the driver’s car may also bear liability for a motorcycle accident if they negligently entrusted their vehicle to the at-fault driver despite the driver’s obvious unfitness, such as because of their visible intoxication.
  • Georgia’s dram shop law may give an injured motorcycle rider the right to hold a bar, restaurant, or social host liable when the establishment or host served alcohol to an underage or visibly intoxicated person who hit the rider in a drunk driving accident.

Could You Recover Compensation if You’re Partly to Blame for a Motorcycle Accident?

Georgia’s comparative negligence law allows you to recover compensation as long as your share of fault for the motorcycle accident does not exceed the fault or combined fault of other involved parties. However, any fault the court assesses you will affect your financial recovery in proportion to your percentage of fault. For example, if the court finds you to be 40 percent to blame for the accident, you will still recover compensation, but the amount you receive will be reduced by 40 percent. As such, you need experienced legal advocacy to help you minimize your share of fault and maximize your compensation.

How Long Do You Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit in Georgia?

Under Georgia’s statute of limitations for injury claims, you typically have two years from the crash to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit. Because you have limited time to file your claims, talk to an attorney from Bayuk Pratt as soon as possible after an accident. Otherwise, you could lose the opportunity to seek financial recovery for your injuries and losses.

Common Types and Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Georgia

At Bayuk Pratt, our Georgia motorcycle accident law firm represents riders who have suffered life-altering injuries in accidents such as:

  • Rear-end collisions
  • Head-on collisions
  • Sideswipe collisions
  • T-bone accidents
  • Wipeout accidents

Many motorcycle accidents occur due to other motorists’ negligence, which makes those motorists liable for victims’ injuries and losses. Common causes of motorcycle crashes in Georgia include:

  • Speeding
  • Tailgating/following too closely
  • Failing to signal or check mirrors
  • Failing to move over when passing a motorcycle
  • Illegal or unsafe lane changes
  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Drowsy/fatigued driving
  • Driver inexperience

Typical Injuries Resulting from a Motorcycle Collision

A motorcycle wreck can leave a rider with severe, potentially life-threatening injuries, such as:

  • Lacerations, abrasions (road rash), or degloving injuries
  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Dislocated joints
  • Ligament sprains/tears
  • Muscle and tendon strains/tears
  • Traumatic brain injuries