As motorcyclists, we are all aware that whether you are riding a super bike, Harley, Sports bike or chopper, you are often at risk of being injured as a result of the negligence of other drivers. How many times have you heard, “I never saw the motorcycle” from drivers who claim they failed to see a motorcyclist on our roads and highways? As a motorcyclist, you know you run a higher risk of being injured due to the negligence of other drivers on the road.
Since 1974, our Personal Injury team has successfully represented injured motorcyclists throughout the Southeast. Franklin Parker, one of our firm Principals, has been an avid motorcycle rider since 1970. Frank, along with our firm’s entire personal injury team, has the necessary knowledge, skill and expertise to successfully represent the interests of injured motorcyclists and their families. With offices in both Atlanta (Norcross) and Savannah, Georgia, we are conveniently located to assist you with your legal needs when you need an expert in motorcycle crashes. Our attorneys are also available to meet with you and your family at any location, for your convenience.
In most states, including Georgia, a great majority of motorists have only minimal liability insurance coverage to pay for property damage, injuries, or death that result from their own negligence. Since most motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of someone other than the motorcyclist, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is essential to compensate the motorcyclist for his or her property damage and injuries resulting there from. We recommend a minimum of $100,000 in uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage and $50,000 in medical payments coverage on your motorcycle. You should note even that amount will be insufficient if your injuries are very serious in nature, such as those requiring surgery or resulting in permanent disability and/or disfigurement. You should therefore consider purchasing uninsured/underinsured coverage in excess of the $100,000 minimum.
If You Are Involved in an Accident
- Report the accident to the authorities, even if you are afraid you will be blamed.
- Obtain contact information from all witnesses in the event that they leave before the police arrive.
- Remember that shock can accompany a collision and cloud your judgment. Therefore, you should say nothing, or say as little as possible about the accident to the police and other drivers.
- Shock also masks injuries, so go to the emergency room immediately to obtain appropriate diagnostic tests.
- Notify your insurance company.
- Contact one of our motorcycle attorneys immediately.