The mild weather and beautiful landscape of Atlanta and the surrounding area makes the great state of Georgia a hotspot for motorcycle enthusiasts across the nation. In fact, Atlanta alone is home to over a dozen motorcycle clubs. However, with the number of riders in our region comes an increase in motorcycle related accidents. The reality is, no matter how cautious riders are, accidents will happen. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle riders are nearly 30 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident compared to automobile riders. Fortunately, there are numerous avenues in which riders can receive compensation in the event that they have been injured in a motorcycle accident. With the help of a personal injury attorney, you will be able to get back on your feet and receive compensation for the injuries and suffering you experienced.
First and foremost, it is important to remember that all motorcycle riders should ride alcohol and drug-free. There is never an excuse to ride under the influence, and riding impaired is one of the primary causes of motorcycle related accidents. However, even the world’s greatest driver can be involved in an accident if a driver in another vehicle is unaware of their presence, thus, riding defensively and doing everything in your power to promote your visibility is of extreme importance. When riding it is important that you adhere to the following precautions:
- Wear a U.S. Department of Transportation approved motorcycle helmet;
- Maintain continuing rider safety education;
- Always wear high visibility reflective clothing;
- Always wear protective clothing;
- Adhere to all traffic laws and signage;
- Never ride intoxicated or impaired;
- Ride defensively–assume the other drivers are unaware of your presence.
What To Do If You Have Been In An Accident
Unlike other states, the state of Georgia does not have a cap for damages for personal injury cases. This means that there is not a limit on the amount of compensation you can receive following an accident. In most cases you will have to deal with the insurance company of the at-fault party, it is likely the insurance company will try to belittle your injuries and do everything in their power to pay you as little as possible. Thus, it is critical that you do not admit fault or speak with the insurance company without your attorney present. The insurance company is trained to ask you questions that invoke responses that may cripple your case. Therefore, under no circumstance should you handle the insurance company alone. Your personal injury attorney will be able to work with the company and ensure that your case is being handled appropriately.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Atlanta or the surrounding area reach out to Anthony Overton Van Johnson & Associates, P.C.. We have represented thousands of clients in over forty different courts throughout the state of Georgia. You will receive effective and efficient representation while enjoying the peace of mind of knowing that your case is being handled by a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. For more information, contact: Anthony Overton Van Johnson & Associates, P.C. at 678-882-7355, or e-mail: email@example.com for a free consultation.