“Look Twice, Save a Life” – a bumper sticker we’ve seen on many cars to remind us that motorcyclists are on the road. Bikers are more at risk than other drivers because they are often difficult to see and have less protection than a car or truck affords. If you’re a motorcyclist who’s been injured by someone’s reckless driving, you need a skilled Marietta, GA Attorney to navigate your personal injury case.
Georgia’s code, O.C.G.A. § 40-6-390, defines a reckless driver as “any person who drives any vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property […].” If you’re a motorcyclist, you’ve probably encountered many of these drivers. You need Attorney Dean Phillips in your corner if you’ve been involved in a wreck because of someone’s reckless driving.
Negligent Behavior Responsible for Many Motorcycle Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website, 4,668 bikers were killed in 2013, which accounted for 14 percent of all traffic deaths. About 88,000 motorcyclists were injured during that same year. While wearing helmets improves a biker’s chances, he or she still faces very dangerous situations posed by the behavior of other motorists such as:
- Weaving between traffic
- Not yielding the right of way
- Driving recklessly in inclement weather
- Dangerous roadway hazards such as debris
- Driving under the influence
- Changing lanes without checking blind spot
- Forcing cyclist off road
- Motorist backing out of driveway or other location
What Your Marietta, GA Motorcycle Attorney Can Do for You
Attorney Dean Phillips is an experienced lawyer who possesses the skill and knowledge required to assess your personal injury case resulting from a Marietta motorcycle accident. Attorney Phillips will listen to your account, collect evidence, and subpoena witnesses if necessary. He will aggressively negotiate a claim on your behalf with the wrongdoer’s insurance company or fight for you in court. Our Marietta Attorney’s will examine medical records, the police report, radiology records, and witness testimony. From this information, he will begin assessing the compensation you deserve to cover the expenses of doctor bills, prescriptions, motorcycle repair, and lost wages.
Compensation is known as damages in the realm of legal terms. Sometimes, damages are awarded to the victim by settling the case between the victim and wrongdoer or, more likely, his or her respective insurance company. Juries or judges also provide damages to the victim if the case goes to trial. In either situation, this compensation can be awarded for:
- Quantifiable, Economic Damage (Special Damages)
- Medical Bills
- Vehicle Repair
- Lost Wages
- Property Damage
- Funeral Costs
- Non-Economic Damage (General Damages)
- Lasting Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Chronic Physical Pain
- Emotional Suffering
- Loss of Domestic/Household Services
- Punitive Damage (Rare)
- Determined by Judge or Jury
- Intended to Punish Wrongdoer in Extreme Circumstances
- Maximum Award is $250,000.00 Depending on Situation
Let motorcycle Attorney Dean Phillips fight for the compensation that you will need to cover the costs of your motorcycle wreck. He will be your voice in your time of need. Attorney Dean Phillips will pursue your best interests aggressively and with integrity.
Attorney Phillips represents motorcyclists injured in Marietta, Cobb County, Paulding County, Bartow County, Acworth, Austell, Powder Springs, Smyrna, Kennesaw and Woodstock. For a free consultation on your personal injury case, call 770-415-0933.