Negligent Drivers Cause Most Motorcycle Wrecks

Black and White Photo of Jonesboro, GA DowntownEvery motorcycle rider knows the risks of being hit by a car or truck and being involved in a serious accident. While you may have passed a safe biking course before riding your motorcycle, most car and truck drivers have not had the same safety training you had.

In fact, many drivers are not looking for motorcycles; they often fail to see even safe bikers sharing the road with them. If you followed the rules and exercised care yet were hit, most likely the crash or wreck was not your fault.

The truth is that most riders are very safe, and the cause of most serious bike accidents is a driver of a car or truck making a turn into a biker’s path or merging into you while traveling in the same direction. There are other causes of motorcycle wrecks as well, of course, and they are usually the fault of the car or truck driver who failed to see your motorcycle.

Unfortunately, even in clear-cut cases of negligence, at-fault drivers and their insurance companies around Atlanta are often quick to blame bikers for accidents involving motorcycles. Some refuse to pay all of the bills and compensation when accidents happen.

Why You Need A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

We know that most of our clients prefer to settle for a fair amount without taking the case to trial. You may have heard of bikers who received a settlement without hiring a lawyer.

An insurance adjuster for the car or truck that hit you may have even told you that you don’t need an attorney. The truth is that victims of motorcycle accidents rarely recover fair and full compensation unless the defense knows you have a legal team that has the ability to take them to court if necessary.

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Motorcycle Accident Settlements

While most properly investigated accident cases will settle, it is may be necessary to fight for your rights. Insurance companies often argue that motorcycle riders are reckless risk takers and attempt to blame the bike rider. They may offer a low settlement, telling you that you are “lucky to be offered anything at all.”

How Motorcycle Accident Settlements Are Paid and Collected

Automobile, commercial business, trucking, and motorcycle insurances cover most bike accident claims. However, insurance companies are in the business of investing premiums, not paying them out.

If you try to handle the accident on your own, be prepared for the adjuster to give you a low offer or the run-around, constantly asking for “more documentation,” and telling you that your case has “problems.”  What the adjuster may really be saying is that without a legal team behind you, you have no chance to win.

When the motorcycle crash is not your fault and you have an attorney who represents you and your interests well, you may recover damages for medical bills. This includes:

  • treatment at the emergency room and hospital
  • scar revision surgery
  • therapy bills
  • all other past and future related medical expenses.

The Best Lawyer for Your Motorcycle Accident

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Free Consultations

The Millar Law Firm offers free consultations and legal advice.  Because we have over twenty-six years of experience in handling motorcycle crash claims in the Atlanta area, our office is able to answer almost all common questions about your case. When you contact our office, one of our leading motorcycle experts can answer your questions today in a free consultation by telephone or in person.

Free Hospital or Home Visits

Because motorcycle accidents often involve serious injuries, such as broken bones, severe road rash, brain injuries or paralysis, we are often contacted by victims who are still in the hospital. If this applies to you, one of our attorneys can come to the hospital and meet with you and your family to discuss your rights and the value of your case. There is no obligation, and you are not required to hire the firm.

Inside The Millar Law Firms Jonesboro officeOur law firm specializes in motorcycle accident cases. We are also trial lawyers who have worked with local law enforcement for years and litigated dozens of cases in South Atlanta’s court systems in Jonesboro, Clayton County, Henry County, Fayette County, Coweta County, Fulton County, and many more.

Branded “Motorcycle Accident Law Firms” with fancy names, patriotic-looking ads, or cartoon-animal logos claim to exclusively handle motorcycle cases all over the United States. Many of these are out-of-state lawyers or referral services who will simply refer your case to another lawyer. You may not even have a choice about whom your case is sent to.

When you choose an attorney who specializes in motorcycle cases and who lives in your local area, you gain the advantage of being represented by a legal expert who knows the local court system, judges, and the values of the local jury pool. For example, our firm has over 26 years working in the South Atlanta area and courts, and we have successfully handled dozens of serious motorcycle cases.

A Respected Law Firm

Our client testimonials and online ratings prove Jonesboro residents trust The Millar Law Firm. Between our South Atlanta office and downtown Atlanta office, we have top peer reviews and well over 100 5-star Google Reviews!  We constantly seek feedback from our clients so we can be sure we are meeting your needs.

How Lawyers Investigate Bike Wreck Cases

Fast and detailed investigation is the key to success. We quickly obtain all reports, investigate the scene, and gather the physical evidence. All witnesses are interviewed and the lawyers, along with accident reconstruction experts, review and measure the scene, skid marks, and road surface scrapes. We routinely interview police officers and first responders and review 911 calls. We also check body and patrol car camera records to determine the truth.

When the Motorcycle is Damaged or Destroyed

When we accept an injury case, part of our service includes assisting you to ensure you are compensated for the damage to your bike, known as property damage. You may be entitled to have your cycle repaired, either to diminished value or to the total value of the bike, depending on the local market replacement value.

There is no extra fee charged for helping with your motorcycle damage. In most cases you will keep all of the money paid for the property damage settlement.

Examples of South Atlanta Motorcycle Cases:

Broken Leg on Tara Boulevard: Our client was hit by a U.S. Army employee at the intersection of Tara Boulevard and North Main Street in Jonesboro. He was riding north on Tara Blvd (Highway 19/41) when an on-duty officer attempted to turn left onto North Main St., directly into the young man’s path. The accident resulted in a broken leg. We recovered over $460K for our client.

Head Injury from Broken Motorcycle Helmet: Our client was driving his Harley Davidson in the right lane of Highway 78 near Atlanta when a motorist suddenly moved from the inside lane and side-swiped him. The man was thrown from his motorcycle, and his head hit the curb. Unfortunately the helmet failed and cracked due to a manufacturing defect, resulting in a traumatic brain injury. We eventually recovered over $2Million from the at-fault driver and the helmet maker.

Paralysis from Collision with Fixed Object: Our client crashed into an improperly marked fence, lacking proper reflectors and lighting, in a parking area southeast of Atlanta. He was paralyzed in the crash. A verdict of $25Million was received, and the case later settled during bad-faith litigation for a confidential amount.

Crash with Logging Truck: In Henry County, Georgia, an unlit logging truck pulled in front of our client’s oncoming motorcycle. The biker suffered numerous injuries and although the trucking company fought the claim, the case settled on the courthouse steps for policy limits.

Your Family’s Financial Future Could Be At Stake

Even if you do not hire our law firm, if you have been injured in a motorcycle crash in South Atlanta, do your research carefully and interview an attorney located near you. Fast investigation and a local network of doctors and experts can be a major advantage compared to hiring a “television” lawyer or Big-Advertiser located in a city far away.

Call or contact us and speak with a lawyer today. 770-400-0000. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, and we are always ready to help or answer your questions.