Data generated by the United States government indicates that over 80,000 people
were injured in nonfatal
motorcycle accidents in 2011. Motorcycle riders are at a particularly high risk of sustaining
serious injury in the event of an accident, in large part due to the fact
that they do not have the protection of a vehicle body around them. When
motorcyclists are struck by other vehicles, they can easily be thrown
from their bikes, striking the ground or other objects with tremendous
force. These types of accidents can result in serious bodily injury, including
broken bones, concussions, disfigurement, or even spinal cord injuries.
When motorcycle accidents are caused in whole or in part by someone else’s
negligence, Georgia tort law allows victims to recover for their injuries
and other losses by filing a personal injury claim. While the award or
settlement a person receives after a motorcycle accident cannot change
what occurred, it can certainly help a person deal with the physical,
financial, and emotional aftermath of a serious accident. Below is some
information about some of the types of damages that are commonly sought
in Georgia motorcycle accident cases.
Lost Income – Many people who are involved in motorcycle accidents are unable to work
for a significant amount of time. In some particularly serious cases,
victims may develop disabilities that keep them from working in the same
capacity as before the accident ever again. A personal injury claim can
include damages for lost income as well as the loss of any future income,
even if you were compensated while you were out of work by using paid
vacation time or sick leave.
Medical Expenses – Awards for medical expenses are based on the medical expenses that victims
incur as a result of an accident. Additionally, victims can also seek
compensation for future medical expenses they expect to incur, including
the costs of ongoing treatment or any in-home care they may require. Damages
for medical expenses are generally available even if your insurance company
paid for the costs of your treatment.
Pain and Suffering – Damages for pain and suffering are meant to compensate accident victims
for the physical and emotional issues they suffer. The kinds of injuries
that are compensable under this category include scarring, aches, inability
to engage in certain activities, or disfigurement.
Loss of Consortium – A loss of consortium claim is actually a legal claim made by the spouse
of an individual injured in an accident. Compensation awarded as a result
of a loss of consortium claim is intended to award the non-injured spouse
for the loss of the help and affection of their spouse.
Punitive Damages – In some cases, a defendant’s actions (or inaction) may be so reckless
or wrongful that a court may authorize punitive damages in order to punish
the defendant. These types of damages are not always available, and you
should discuss your case with an attorney to determine if they may be
available in your case.
Contact an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
Individuals who have been injured in Georgia motorcycle accidents may be
entitled to significant financial compensation. To schedule a free consultation
with one of our attorneys,
call Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. today at (404) 869-8600.