Experienced Attorneys for Georgia Hit and Run Motorcycle Accidents
Collisions between commercial or passenger vehicles and motorcycles nearly always result in serious injuries to the motorcyclist. Most frequently these crashes are the fault of the car or truck driver, who caused the accident through carelessness such as making a left turn into the path of an oncoming motorcycle or changing lanes without checking blind spots.
Normally, the injured rider or a family member can bring a claim or lawsuit against the negligent driver and recover compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other legal damages. But what happens if the negligent driver leaves the scene of the accident and cannot be found? The experienced Georgia motorcycle accident attorneys at Stemberger & Cummins, P.C. know what steps to take to identify and locate an at-fault driver, as well as how to pursue a claim for compensation when that driver can’t be found. Our Newnan motorcycle attorneys represent clients injured in and around Coweta County, Troup County, and Douglas County.
Dealing with a Hit and Run Motorcycle Accident in Georgia
In a collision between car and motorcycle, the biker is much more likely to be hurt than the motorist. While motorcyclists are injured in the majority of crashes, passenger car occupants suffer injury as little as 4% of the time. Also, motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured and 27 times more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than the driver of a car. This means that in most bike accidents, the driver of the car is in a position to be able to drive off, while the motorcyclist is not.
We would like to think that most drivers would stop after an accident and render aid to the victim or call for help. However, given that the accident is often clearly the fault of the driver, and the motorcyclist is likely to be seriously hurt, the driver may be worried about the civil and criminal consequences they may face. Also, many times a hit-and-run driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash, and a drunk driver is even more likely to drive away from a crash if possible. Even though it is illegal to leave the scene of a motor vehicle collision, well over a thousand hit-and-run accidents occur every year, and the number of hit-and-runs has even been rising in recent years.
At Stemberger & Cummins, P.C., our experienced Georgia motorcycle accident attorneys take all steps to identify and locate a hit-and-run driver. This includes enlisting the aid of law enforcement and private investigators, searching for witnesses or security camera footage, and engaging the help of professional accident reconstruction experts. If the driver can be found, our lawyers pursue claims aggressively to help the injured bikers receive the maximum compensation available, including punitive damages against an irresponsible or criminally negligent driver.
Uninsured Motorist Coverage Can Help in a Hit and Run
Even when the driver cannot be found, there may still be a way to get your medical bills paid for as well as compensation for work you missed after the accident and damage to your motorcycle. If you have Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage on your motorcycle liability insurance policy, then you can make a claim with your own insurance company for a hit-and-run. UM coverage is typically offered at the time you purchase liability insurance, so unless you specifically rejected it in writing at that time, you likely have UM coverage. Adding UM coverage is only a relatively small addition to your premium, and given the fact that one in ten Georgia drivers are uninsured, along the with the possibility of being injured in a hit-and-run, UM coverage is generally a wise investment.
Don’t be surprised, however, if the insurance company tries to fight your claim, downplaying the serious nature of your injuries or finding some way to allege that your UM coverage does not apply. Stemberger & Cummins, P.C. can represent you in your negotiation with the insurance company, and will force them to pay a fair settlement or take your case to court if necessary to see that you get what you deserve.
Call Stemberger & Cummins, P.C. after a Georgia Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accident
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run or other Georgia motorcycle accident, trust the experienced personal injury lawyers who are dedicated to seeing that you recover the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. Call Stemberger & Cummins, P.C. at 770-253-0913 for a free consultation. We represent clients in collisions involving cruisers, touring, sport, dirt, trikes and all types of motorcycles.