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 & Lina, LLC. today at (404) 869-8600.