There are few things that get your adrenaline pumping more than a thrilling motorcycle ride down one of Georgia’s many highways and back roads, but unfortunately, motorcycles can also be dangerous. A person riding a motorcycle is 25 times more likely to lose his or her life in an accident than a person in a car or truck. This might be due to an increase of bikes on the road in recent years, as well a lack of attention paid to those bikes by drivers of other vehicles. Brain injuries, road rash, amputations, and sometimes even death are just a few of the injuries you or a loved one might sustain during a motorcycle accident.
Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
Unfortunately, on top of dealing with an injury or a lost loved one, a motorcycle accident can lead to a number of other problems. Maybe the injury was caused by a negligent Atlanta driver. Maybe the state patrolman blamed you, but you have evidence that proves the other driver was at fault. In some cases, you may be entitled to damages such as reimbursement of lost wages or medical expenses or compensation for emotional distress, pain and suffering, or decreased quality of life.
The Average Settlement for a Motorcycle Accident
While every case is unique, your Atlanta personal injury lawyer will help you reach the best possible settlement. Factors that affect the outcome might include bias against motorcyclists, the extent of your personal damages, amount of insurance available, and the extent of the liability. According to Thomson Reuters, the median settlement for motorcycle accidents between 1999 and 2006 was almost $74,000. However, there have been cases involving motorcycle accidents that have reached settlements for over $350,000.
Your personal injury lawyer can give you an idea of the average settlement reached in other cases similar to yours. If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident in the Atlanta area or anywhere in the state of Georgia, contact Ashenden & Associates at 770-394-8909 to learn more about your rights.