Does Georgia Have Motorcycle Helmet Laws That Affect Injury Cases?
In the state of Georgia, motorcycle helmet laws play a factor in whether you receive compensation in a personal injury case, as well as how much compensation you receive. If you weren’t wearing your helmet, or even if you were, and you were involved in an accident, an Atlanta car accident lawyer can help.
Were You in a Motorcycle Accident? We Can Help!
Here at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC, we understand that life happens. You might have thought you would be okay to run out quick without your helmet, but no sooner did you leave your house, you were involved in an accident with another driver. (Did you know that most accidents that you could be involved in actually happen within five miles of your house?)
Just because you were not wearing your helmet does not mean that you have automatically lost your case. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience trying cases just like yours, and we pride ourselves on being able to get our clients the best possible result. Call today and speak with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers to learn what your next steps should be.
Georgia Motorcycle Helmet Law
In the state of Georgia, the law requires all riders to wear helmets while on a motorcycle that is moving. This is known as a “universal law,” because it applies to everyone on the motorcycle, not just the driver. Georgia is one of 20 states that subscribes to this universal law.
Therefore, if a person gets into an accident on a motorcycle in the state of Georgia, and he or she was not wearing a helmet, this can significantly impact the amount of damages they may be able to recover. For this reason, you may want to consider hiring a lawyer to help you with your claim. A traffic lawyer can negotiate on your behalf to arrive at a settlement that works for all who were involved in the accident.
Compensation For Injuries
Typically, when you are involved in a motorcycle accident that results in your suffering an injury, you can file a claim against the other driver. After all, you should not have to shoulder the burden of medical bills when the accident was not even your fault. However, the other driver can counter with a case against you if you were not wearing your helmet at the time of the crash.
This is where things can get tricky. Usually, the only time the helmet becomes an issue is if you suffered a head injury. However, the other driver may use your not wearing a helmet as an excuse to deny you any payment whatsoever. Our lawyers at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC can help you get the compensation you might be otherwise denied without a lawyer’s help.
No one deserves to suffer an injury in an accident, helmet or not. And you should not have to bear the brunt of medical costs on your own for an accident that was not even your fault. Do not allow the other driver’s lawyers to force you into a settlement that gives you less than you deserve.
How a Lawyer Can Help
When you hire a lawyer to represent you in a case like this, you are also hiring the experts associated with that lawyer. For instance, an accident reconstruction expert can survey the damage done to your bike, as well as the damage to the surrounding area (if any), to determine what truly happened.
A lawyer can also gather evidence you may not be able to gather, like testimony of doctors experienced in motorcycle accidents who may be able to prove the accident was the other driver’s fault.
Do Not Face a Motorcycle Accident Claim Alone. Let a Lawyer Help.
If you were not wearing your helmet in a motorcycle accident, the other driver is going to use that against you. It does not matter if you are claiming a head injury or a broken leg. That driver is going to say you were not driving safely and try to deny you everything you ask for – even if he or she was fully at fault for the accident.
Here at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC, we have the resources and experience necessary to defend your case and to put the other driver in his place. If you are looking for a lawyer to help bolster your case, then fill out the form to the right, or call us at (855) 329-7144.
As part of your free consultation, you will receive expert advice with no obligation to retain, so you truly have nothing to lose by calling us today. Even if you were not wearing your helmet, all hope is not lost. Let us help!