Motorcycle riding is an exhilarating experience, offering unparalleled freedom on the open road. However, it also comes with its own set of risks. According to the Georgia Department of Driving Services, in 2021 alone, there were approximately 4,200 reported motorcycle accidents in Georgia. These accidents resulted in over 2,700 injuries and 150 fatalities. Shockingly, motorcycle accidents account for around 12% of all traffic fatalities in the state.
Given these grim statistics, the aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be devastating. While seeking medical attention right away is crucial, what follows is often a complex maze of insurance claims, legal challenges, and financial burdens. This is where a personal injury attorney specializing in motorcycle accidents can be invaluable. Let’s delve into how such an attorney can help you navigate this challenging time.
Contrary to popular belief, not all personal injury lawyers are the same. A motorcycle accident attorney specializes in handling cases involving motorcycle accidents and understands the unique aspects that differentiate these accidents from other vehicle crashes.
First and foremost, an attorney provides specialized legal expertise. They are familiar with the laws surrounding motorcycle accidents and can identify whether the victim is entitled to compensation and how much.
Secondly, a good attorney will build a strong case. From gathering evidence, speaking to witnesses, and consulting experts, the attorney will do everything to strengthen your case. Their objective is to prove the other party’s negligence in the accident.
Insurance companies are notorious for offering low settlements that are insufficient to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. An experienced attorney will negotiate aggressively with insurance companies to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Lastly, if your case goes to court, you’ll need an attorney to represent you. They will handle everything from filing legal documents to presenting your case in the best possible light, allowing you to focus on recovery.
The first meeting with your attorney is crucial. This is when they will assess the viability of your case and decide on the best course of action.
A thorough investigation is essential for any personal injury claim. This may involve visiting the accident scene, examining police reports and medical records, and engaging experts to provide testimony.
Legal cases involve an overwhelming amount of paperwork. Your attorney will handle all this, including complex forms and deadlines that can easily trip up someone unfamiliar with the process.
Before taking the case to court, your attorney will attempt to negotiate a settlement with the opposing party. This saves both time and money. A successful negotiation is often the quickest way to receive fair compensation.
If the case proceeds to court, your attorney will represent you throughout the legal process, from filing the complaint to appearing in court and presenting your case.
Choose an attorney with a proven track record in handling motorcycle accident cases successfully.
Look for an attorney with a good reputation, both professionally and ethically.
Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning they only get paid if you win. Make sure to understand their fee structure before proceeding.
Good communication is critical. Your attorney should be available to answer your questions and keep you updated on the case.
Time is of the essence following a motorcycle accident. Crucial evidence can be lost and witness accounts can become less reliable as time passes. Additionally, there are legal deadlines, known as the statute of limitations, which limit the amount of time you have to file a claim. Consulting an attorney promptly ensures that you preserve all possible avenues for compensation
Navigating the aftermath of a motorcycle accident is emotionally and financially brutal. An experienced motorcycle accident personal injury attorney can relieve this burden, allowing you to focus on your recovery while they handle the legal complexities. From building a solid case for negotiating with insurance companies and representing you in court, an attorney can be an invaluable ally in ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve.
By understanding the roles and benefits of a motorcycle accident attorney, you are better equipped to make an informed decision should you ever find yourself in such an unfortunate situation.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact Castan Lecca & Boeschen. Our team of experienced attorneys is here to guide you through every step of the legal process and fight for the compensation you rightly deserve. Contact us today to take the first step toward justice and peace of mind.
Michael Boeschen (Mike) was born in Wichita, KS and raised in Chattanooga, TN. Mike graduated from The McCallie School and went on to study history, Spanish, and Latin American Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from the University Of Georgia School Of Law. During law school, Mike participated in the Legal Aid Clinic, assisting in the defense of indigent criminal defendants. Mike has been licensed to practice law in Georgia since 2002 and his main practice area consists of representing injured workers as they navigate through the Georgia workers’ compensation system. Mike is also fluent in Spanish. In his spare time Mike enjoys following soccer, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two young daughters. Mike and his family are parishioners of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sandy Springs, GA
Dan Castan is a senior partner at Castan and Lecca, PC in Buckhead and represents injured workers before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and plaintiffs in State and Superior Courts of Georgia for injuries suffered in accidents. Dan litigated one of the seminal claims securing the rights of undocumented workers to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits in the state of Georgia when injured in the case of Wet Walls, Inc. vs. Ledesma. Dan has successfully fought and settled multi million dollar cases. He was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey to immigrant parents from Cuba. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and received his Juris Doctor from The Washington College of Law at The American University in Washington D.C. Dan was admitted to the Georgia Bar in November, 1993. He is an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta Bar Association and the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Dan is a founding member and Director of the Latino Victory Fund Georgia and serves on the Board of The Latin American Association. Dan has been dedicated to getting Latinos elected to local, state and Federal offices in Georgia. He has been a Big Brother through Big Brothers and Sisters of Metro Atlanta and a mentor through The Latin American Association’s mentor/mentee program. Dan is married with two children.