As a motorcyclist, being in an accident is probably one of the most terrifying and traumatic experiences you can imagine. Motorcycle accidents leave scars, both physical and mental – and they can linger throughout your life. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, we sympathize with what you’re going through, and we are here to help.
There are a number of things you should do immediately to reduce your anxiety, take care of your health, and ensure your financial future:
The first thing you should do is see a doctor to treat your injuries. Make sure to tell your doctor about any physical pain, mental anguish, or problems moving your body. Then, they will develop a plan to treat your injuries and restore your health and wellbeing.
Don’t wait to contact your insurance company, but don’t give them a formal statement until you speak to a lawyer. Waiting to report your claim could cause problems with your case.
Record everything you can remember about the accident in detail. Start a daily log of your injuries, your medical expenses, and the impact on your day-to-day life. These details will help your case immensely, and they can be difficult to remember if you don’t write them down every day.
People often blame motorcyclists in accidents due to the few aggressive motorcyclists who make a bad name for the many responsible ones. More often than not, the at-fault driver failed to see the motorcyclists because they were distracted, their view was blocked, or they expected to see a car, not a motorcycle.
Motorcycle drivers are more vulnerable on the road than car or truck drivers, and it takes more attention than driving a regular vehicle. Under Georgia law, drivers are required to give motorcyclists the same amount of space they would give a regular vehicle.
If you’re shopping around for a lawyer, beware of firms that spend money on expensive ads and billboards. These firms might lead you to believe they’ll resolve your case easily, but they could overlook things in their haste.
Clients get individualized attention at The Claiborne Firm specifically because we keep our caseloads low. We don’t need to spend money on ads because we don’t treat our clients like commodities. We only take cases we care about, and we fight aggressively for our clients in court. We use all tools at our disposal to fight cases – creative brainstorming, investigating all angles, and using the media if necessary. Our track record of swaying juries and winning large settlements serves as proof.
Getting an appropriate settlement depends on proper preparation and timing. We always prepare better than our opposing counsel, and it shows. Insurance companies will try to discredit you, but not if we come to court prepared to fight. Timing also makes a huge difference. Report your accident as soon as possible and see a doctor right away – letting too much time pass could hurt you as we fight your case in court.
Our client came to us after her case languished for almost a year at a large firm that frequently advertises on TV. Despite the fact that the client lost her son in a fatal accident, the large firm neglected her case.
When she came to The Claiborne Firm, even though the other driver had a small insurance policy, attorney William Claiborne won the client a multi-million dollar settlement.
At The Claiborne Firm, we’re selective about the cases we take, and our clients value the individual attention they receive as a result. We welcome challenging cases, coming up with creative arguments that win settlements. We’re not afraid to use all the tools in our toolbox – aggressive arguments and media savvy – to win cases.
Insurance companies will stop at nothing to minimize your injuries and dismiss your pain. We know their tactics and how to fight them in court to win you a settlement that’s appropriate for the suffering you’ve experienced.
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident in Georgia, contact us to request a free, no-obligation consultation. Whether you hire us or not, you will walk away more empowered with the knowledge and information you need to make the best decision for your health and wellbeing.
The Claiborne Firm, P.C.
410 E Bay St.
Savannah, GA 31401