Riding motorcycles is thrilling but comes with significant risks. In Georgia, understanding motorcycle accident liability is crucial, especially given the severe consequences of such accidents. Here’s what you need to know about determining fault and managing the aftermath if you’re involved in a motorcycle crash.

Is Georgia An At-Fault State for Motorcycle Accidents?
Yes, Georgia is an at-fault state. This means that the person responsible for causing the accident is also liable for any resulting damages or injuries. Given the vulnerability of motorcyclists, injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can be particularly severe, including head trauma, paralysis, loss of limbs, severe road rash, or even death.

Understanding Fault and Claims in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists must take precautions such as staying alert, obeying traffic laws, and driving sober. However, accidents can still occur due to the unpredictable actions of other drivers. In Georgia, those not at fault can claim damages covering medical expenses, repair costs, and compensation for pain and suffering.

Initiating the Claims Process
If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, whether personally or representing an injured party, it’s important to understand the steps to take:

  • Contributory Negligence: Georgia follows a system where damages can be claimed even if fault is shared, under OCGA 51-12-33. However, the recovery is adjusted based on each party’s degree of fault. If one’s fault level is determined to be over a certain threshold, their ability to recover damages diminishes.
  • Immediate Actions: Notify your insurance company promptly after an accident, but remember, legal claims can be filed up to two years post-accident.

Georgia’s Motorcycle Laws
Georgia has specific laws to enhance motorcycle safety:

  • Lane sharing is permitted for two motorcycles, but lane splitting is prohibited.
  • Headlights and taillights must be on at all times.
  • Helmets are mandatory.
  • Motorcycles must be equipped with windshields or riders must wear safety goggles.
  • Handlebars should not exceed 15 inches in height.
  • Motorcycles must be equipped with footrests if carrying passengers.

Legal Coverage for Motorcyclists
All motorcyclists in Georgia must have motorcycle insurance, with coverage options varying from full to minimum coverage, which typically handles between $25,000 and $50,000 for property damage and medical bills.

Seeking Legal Assistance After a Motorcycle Accident
Post-accident, it’s crucial to contact the authorities, assess fault, and manage insurance details promptly. Hiring a skilled personal injury attorney is crucial for navigating the complexities of your claim and securing just compensation.

At Gunn Law Group, we specialize in handling the intricacies of motorcycle accidents. Our experienced legal team is prepared to support you through the process, ensuring that your rights are protected and that you achieve the best possible outcome. If you need expert legal assistance following a motorcycle accident, contact Gunn Law Group at 888 244 4866. Let “the Big Gunn” help you navigate this challenging time and secure the compensation you deserve.


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