Those who ride motorcycles understand the great freedom it affords them on the open road. But most don’t appreciate their grave vulnerability until they have been injured in an accident. The unfortunate facts paint a gruesome picture. Although motorcycles only represent 3 percent of the nation’s registered vehicles, they represent 27 times the rate of fatality of those killed in passenger vehicles. While vigorous Georgia helmet laws have made motorcycles safer for riders, those who ride are still more at risk of serious injury for multiple reasons. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Athens, you need an aggressive legal advocate on your side. Christopher Simon, Attorney at Law is an experienced Athens motorcycle accident attorney who understands and appreciates the unique riders’ vulnerabilities, potential injury settlement pitfalls, and the biases against motorcycle riders in the insurance industry.
Those who ride motorcycles already suffer a disadvantage when sharing our roads. Motorcycles, by virtue of their design, offer less balance and traction than vehicles with four or more tires on the road. And because of the smaller proportions, they can fit easily into a driver’s blind spots. Add another driver’s carelessness or negligence, and you have the making of a catastrophic accident.
All drivers are required to insure their vehicles, including motorcycles. In Georgia, all drivers are required to have a minimum amount of liability coverage. Our fault-based insurance system means that the at-fault driver’s insurance will cover the damages of the injured party up to the level of coverage.
But what happens if you disagree with how fault has been apportioned? And what happens if there is not enough coverage to take care of all the damages? There is often a negative perception about motorcycles and riders. There is also a bias against bikers in the insurance industry. Consequently, relying on a fair insurance settlement is not in your best interest.
This is when it is particularly critical to have an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer on your side. Christopher Simon and his team of skilled Athens, GA motorcycle accident attorneys are dedicated to holding the at-fault party accountable for your injuries. We thoroughly investigate your accident to ensure that the at-fault driver is held accountable for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and other damages.
Negligence is one of the cornerstones of personal injury law. In many cases, motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of another driver. Common accidents where this is the case are:
But proving negligence after a motorcycle accident can be complicated.
At the law office of Christopher Simon, he and his experienced team of Athens motorcycle accident attorneys diligently protect the rights of injured riders after a serious motorcycle accident. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your injuries. Christopher Simon, Attorney at Law, can help.
A motorcycle requires constant forward momentum and adequate traction for safe maneuvering. Once an impact with another vehicle or hazard is made, it throws the motorcycle off balance, and momentum is immediately lost. With little protection, a motorcyclist is at the mercy of his or her immediate surroundings, which can include the pavement, other cars, and stationary objects. As a result, the rider is at risk of serious injuries, including:
While some injuries will resolve over time with proper medical intervention and rest, some will impact the rider for the rest of his or her life. Even more heartbreaking, it may leave a family grieving the loss of their loved one after a fatality.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, the experienced Athens motorcycle accident attorneys at the law office of Christopher Simon can help. We have a reputation for aggressively holding negligent parties accountable for the injuries they cause and getting the maximum compensation possible for our clients. Call us or contact us at our website to schedule a free consultation.