Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Albany
We Have Secured Millions of Dollars for Our Clients
Motorcycle accidents tend to result in more serious injuries and more frequent deaths than typical car accidents. Because motorcyclists are virtually unprotected—save for a motorcycle helmet and proper protective clothing—they are highly susceptible to being catastrophically injured or killed when they are hit by other motorists. Sadly, many motorcycle accidents could have and should have been avoided but, because someone else was careless or reckless, victims and their families are left to suffer.
If you were injured or if someone you love died in a motorcycle accident, contact Adams, Jordan & Herrington, P.C. to speak to one of our Albany motorcycle accident lawyers about your legal options. You could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, funeral expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Can You File an Accident Claim If You Were Partly at Fault?
Georgia follows what is known as a rule of modified comparative negligence. Under this rule, you are still eligible to file a personal injury claim if you were partly at fault for the accident, as long as the other motorist or liable party was more at fault. In other words, if an insurance company or jury determines that you were less than 50% at fault for the accident, you can still recover compensation. However, your total recovery will be reduced by whatever percentage of blame you are assigned.
So, for example, if you were riding your motorcycle slightly above the posted speed limit and were hit by a distracted motorist who ran a red light, a jury might decide that you were 20% at fault for the accident. If the total cost of your damages—including your medical bills, lost wages, and non-economic losses—amounted to $10,000, you would only be able to recover up to 80% of that amount, or $8,000.
It’s important to note that failure to follow Georgia’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law could be construed as negligence on your part. If you were injured in a crash but you were not wearing the required motorcycle helmet at the time, the opposing insurance company may use this as evidence of your negligence, which could result in you losing your ability to recover compensation.
Over 150 Years of Experience
Our Albany motorcycle accident lawyers have the experience, skill, and resources needed to effectively pursue your claim. We understand the many unique challenges injured motorcyclists often face—and we know how to overcome them. Do not wait to contact our firm, as you only have two years from the date of the accident (or death, in wrongful death cases) to file your claim.