Experienced Lawrenceville Attorneys Handle Motorcycle Accident Cases
Determined representation for injured riders and their passengers
Given the level of traffic congestion in Gwinnett County and throughout metro Atlanta, it’s not surprising that more people are riding motorcycles rather than driving cars. Bikes cost less to operate, cut through traffic easily and can be parked just about anywhere. Unfortunately, motorcycles are much more dangerous to operate, and even a minor accident can produce painful, debilitating injuries. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident in the Lawrenceville area, Pearson Law Group, LLC is prepared to help you pursue full compensation. Our attorneys have a strong record of results in personal injury litigation, including motorcycle accidents, and we are determined to help you get the results you need.
Compensation for severe motorcycle accident injuries
When you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle crash, it’s important to retain a personal injury attorney with the skill and experience to manage a catastrophic injury case. Motorcycle injuries often require prolonged recovery and can easily be permanently disabling. Serious motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Concussion and traumatic brain injury
- Crush injuries
- Internal injuries
- Skin lacerations (road rash)
- Loss of limbs
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
Our attorneys work with qualified medical and rehabilitation experts to determine as much as possible the full extent of your injuries, so we can make the jury fully aware of the losses you’ve suffered.
Proving causation in a motorcycle accident
As with auto accident cases, there are important elements of the case the plaintiff must prove, but none is more important than causation. The jury must believe that someone (or something) other than the rider caused the crash. Causes of crashes can include:
- Another vehicle driver
- Road conditions
- Mechanical failure
Juries are always ready to believe that a motorcycle rider took an unreasonable risk with an unsafe maneuver. We have to dispel that preconception with a preponderance of the evidence, which can include witness testimony, accident reconstruction expert testimony, and physical evidence from the crash.
How Georgia’s universal helmet law can affect your accident recovery
There are two laws at play here. The first is Georgia’s universal helmet law, which requires all riders to wear a helmet “which complies with standards established by the Board of Public Safety.” If you were not in compliance with this law at the time of your accident, a defendant can claim you were negligent under the state’s comparative negligence laws. Comparative negligence requires a court to reduce a victim’s compensation in proportion to their fault, and to bar any recovery for a victim who shares 50 percent or more of the blame. So the court must inquire as to whether, by not wearing a helmet, you were negligent in causing your injuries.
A helmet does not have the power to prevent an accident, so no court is going to say that you share responsibility for the crash because you didn’t wear a helmet. However, if you are claiming a head injury the helmet would have prevented or lessened, comparative negligence could reduce or bar your recovery for that injury. You would still be able to obtain full compensation for your other injuries.
Contact our Lawrenceville lawyers today for motorcycle accident injury representation
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, Pearson Law Group, LLC can aggressively pursue full compensation. To schedule a free consultation, call today at 470-809-6411 or contact our Lawrenceville office online. We are conveniently located at 16 Towne Park Drive, just off the Sugarloaf Parkway.