Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorney Joseph McClelland
Are you familiar with different types of releases?
Do you know how to locate all available insurance?
Do you know how to certify no one is lying?
Do you know how to implement UM or uninsured motorist coverage?
Why would you unless you worked in the insurance field?
Joseph McClelland has over a decade’s of experience representing clients in insurance matters.
You are going to need a really good Atlanta, Georgia motorcycle accident lawyer to fight and litigate your case to get highest settlement or verdict. Insurance companies do not pay out without being forced to.
You have a right to get complete compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and more, so hire an Atlanta personal injury lawyer today.
Time is valuable in accident cases.
Contact us right now at 404-381-8584 for a free, confidential consultation.
How to Choose the Attorney?
One way may be to ask friends or family for recommendations or advice from other motorcyclist or bikers.
Another method may be to speak with a former attorney that you had employed on another matter.
Go online and review sites. Or read articles by different car accident attorneys until you have established an authority in handling injuries and fighting insurance companies in Georgia.
Meeting for the first time with your injury lawyer, you are interviewing their law firm. Therefore, you should have questions that you want answered about the insurance company responsible and representation of recent motorcyclists and victims. Inquire as to what law school they attended.
Ask about memberships into different states bars. Inquire as to their level of experience practicing law in Georgia and have they filed suit against drivers or a driver for the wrongful death of the victim.
Ask what percentage of their caseload involves personal injury cases.
Has the Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer ever helped motorcycle riders in a crash that were riding without a helmet and suffered serious damages in that motorcycle crash?
Another important factor in choosing the best lawyer is about their personality.
They don’t have to ride motorcycles like you, however, it is important that you have a level of comfortableness and appreciation for the individual.
I spent a lot of time on the phone and in person with clients.
Opinions and Assessment
When discussing your case for the first time, go over different aspects of the claim.
Description of Joseph P. McClelland, III’s Best Articles on Jacksonlaws.com
- We give an overview of an injury claim including filing insurance claims, settlement negotiations, injury litigation, and more. This article has links to all of our motorcycle accident articles.
- Why it is important to have great insurance policies. Some UM coverage is basically a scam. Read this legal article on why UE and not just UM coverage is vital in many Georgia accidents
- What should you bring to your first meeting at the law firm? Bring your accident report, medical bills, and records to your consultation.
- Article about a recent bike wreck in Atlanta, Georgia. Talks about the collision and provides a legal analysis of the law associated and facts of the case. One of the best articles to see how an injury claim is handled.
- We discuss how to start or file you accident claim.
Hire Joseph P. McClelland, III as your plaintiff’s attorney for Atlanta, Marietta, Roswell, Duluth, Stone Mountain, Decatur, Riverdale, Jonesboro, Stockbridge, McDonough, Jackson, Griffin, Monticello and Macon.
Important Insurance Coverage Tip: If you drive a bike, then you owe it to yourself and the people that rely on you to go and get a copy of your insurance policy. Look at it in detail. Find what amount of insurance you have that relate to:
- Medical Payment Insurance and
- Uninsured Motorist Coverage
No one gets into a small motorcycle crash. Insurance will be needed, but do you have the right type. First up, medical payment insurance is important.
An emergency room must treat you for your injuries, but no other medical facility has to. You want the best medical attention when you are injured.
This policy pays doctors directly. Therefore, you will be able to have the proper medical professionals treat your injuries.
Next, you need to find uninsured motorist coverage in your motorcycle insurance policy. Some people are rotten and no good. When they hit you, they will flee the scene of the accident. You are on the ground and will be very unlikely to get any valuable information. You will still be on the ground. Uninsured motorist coverage will provide you with coverage in these hit and run situations.
Further, the average driver only has $25,000 in coverage, so you need an insurance attorney who knows how to proceed. A few broken bones exceeds that by far.
Plus, that leaves you will not compensation for pain and suffering. Uninsured motorist coverage helps in these situations. Contact me to represent you as your injury lawyer to protect your interest and fight for compensation to you.
The phone number for a free consultation is (404) 381-8584. Hire your Atlanta, Georgia motorcycle accident attorney today.
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Interview with Attorney Joseph P. McClelland
QUESTION: We are here with attorney Joseph McClelland, a Georgia motorcycle accident lawyer. We are going to pick his brain about personal injury law in the state of Georgia. Welcome, Mr.McClelland. Could you briefly tell us a little bit about yourself?
ANSWER: Thanks for having me today. My name is Joseph P. McClelland, III. I Was born and raised in Georgia. I am a practicing attorney as you said. I was born and Jackson, Georgia. Jackson is a small town about an hour outside of the Metro Atlanta area. I went to Butts County public schools, and I graduated from Piedmont Academy in Monticello, Georgia.
After graduating high school, I went to Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. While I was there I studied foreign languages while earning a degree in economics with a minor in Spanish. After graduating from Georgia Southern, I went to Loyola Law school New Orleans. It is from that school which I earned my jurist doctorate degree.
After graduating from Loyola, I proceeded to take and pass the New York bar exam, which was the most difficult exam in the country. I spent some time practicing human rights law overseas primarily in Russia before heading back to the states. I then took and passed the Georgia bar exam.
QUESTION: So, where do you practice law now?
ANSWER: I have an office in Jackson, Georgia and an office in Atlanta, Georgia. Both of these offices handle personal injury cases including motorcycle accident claims.
QUESTION: So, what exactly is a personal injury case? Is that a tort?
A: That’s a great question. Personal injury is a tort. Think of a tort is a civil wrong that has an accompanying damage portion, typically. Your typical personal injury case might be in line of a car accident, motorcycle accident or a slip and fall case at your local grocery store. So, this is a personal injury lawsuit or claim the difference between a lawsuit or claim speaks more to the prosession of the case. What I mean by that, is you can negotiate a claim and you can negotiate a lawsuit, however a lawsuit is really a claim that has yet to be settled which is now within a judicial proceeding. So, as a Georgia personal injury lawyer, is quite important to know where you are at in the case. Working with the claimant and working the lawsuit requires a different level of finesse.
QUESTION: So, you say that most personal injury cases are like car or motorcycle accident cases. So, what’s the first step that your office does when someone calls you andsays that they’ve been in a car or bike accident. What would you tell them to do?
A: The first thing we would do is schedule him for an appointment. It is a requirement to meet with a client in order to determine various parts and pieces of the case. Of course, we will want to review in detail the police report or the accident report. This is highly critical to a proper assessment of your case. If there is disputed liability, then we may have an issue.
QUESTION: What do you mean by disputed liability? Does that mean that the other driver might not be to blame for the accident or collision?
A: Absolutely. If the other driver received the citation for, let’s say, following too closely or failure to yield, then liability will not be an issue. And that is extremely important once you start to negotiate a final settlement.
QUESTION: Why is that important?
A: It is important because if both sides are fighting over who is actually liable, the value of the case suffers. What I mean, is if there is a likelihood that they could be successful defending liability, that would mean the car insurance company would not have to pay any money at all.
So, when we are negotiating, if on the one hand they can win and pay zero, but on the other hand, they may have to pay the entire claim, you can see how all they would desire to settle on the low end of the range.
This is because from our risk standpoint, they have an upside to trying the case in front of a jury. Remember, they may actually win in this particular example. Therefore, if there is disputed liability, the value of the settlement will be lower.
But moving on, the accident report also will have valuable information in regards to the other driver’s information, the applicable insurance companies, other passengers that may have additional insurance, eyewitness statements, and the policeman’s statement as to who and what was the cause of the accident.
So, our personal injury law office will definitely need that information in order to move forward.
The next thing your Georgia personal injury lawyer will do is to evaluate the client’s physical well-being. Generally speaking, the injured party from a personal injury claim should have gone to the emergency room or their primary care Doctor as soon as possible after the accident. This is the ideal situation.
For example, you are in a car accident in Georgia. The police arrived. The ambulance arrives. And you’re taken to the local county emergency room where treatment is done for you. Now, it is important to note that emergency rooms are like triage. They are not there to fix you. They are there to preserve your life to get you to the next stage. In most auto accident cases, you may have suffered neck or back injuries that require additional medical treatment. In this case, you will need to see a doctor in order to determine if a specialist will be required for your particular injuries.
As a side note, many doctors do not take patients without insurance. Even if the other driver has automobile insurance, the same insurance that we will be recovering monies from, they still may not treat you. In this type of situation, an Atlanta personal injury attorney can get you out of this jam. As an Atlanta personal injury lawyer, I am familiar with many doctors and treating physicians across the state who have worked with my office in the past. This has enabled my Georgia personal injury law firm to develop a repore with many doctors that allows our patients to seek and receive treatment regardless of the availability of health or automobile insurance.
Once the patient is receiving their medical treatments. Our job as a Georgia personal injury law firm is to stay in communication with both the client and all of the treating physicians in order to monitor the diagnosis and the treatment plans. Our goal is to make sure that we have every medical bill, every treatment date, in every corresponding record from every phsycian.
The reason why we get this information is so that we can properly prepare an accurate and detailed settlement package for the opposing insurance company. In order to put together a winning settlement package, we will need all the information from your doctors, and all of the medical specials which is to say the medical bills. This is when the attorney’s job starts in earnest. Is my responsibility to make sure that I am utilizing the most beneficial law available to each and every client in each and every circumstance. Doing research once in a while and using that research is not how I choose to run my personal injury practice.
If I handled a wrongful death claim like that I should give back my license. Every case needs to have the law a research and updated to make sure that there are no beneficial or detrimental changes in Georgia injury laws. Once this is determined, I see what the value of the case is in the jurisdiction the case will be filed. These are the figures I use to negotiate the case with the insurance company. Thanks for listening to this old Georgia Accident Attorney.
Now, everyone knows that you are required to have automobile coverage to protect the other driver in case of an accident that is your fault. Most people do have the minimum amount of insurance which in Georgia is $25,000 per person with a maximum of $50,000 per accident. Now, that might sound like a lot of insurance coverage, but in reality that is very little especially when you are involved in any motorcycle accident in Georgia.
Do You Need Uninsured Motorist Coverage in a Motorcycle Accident?
The purpose of this article is to ensure a motorcycle drivers have additional insurance other than the minimum requirement. I am specifically talking about the need to have uninsured motorist coverage on your policy. So, let me explain what uninsured motorist coverage is. This is insurance that will provide you coverage if the other driver is one uninsured or two under in short. The second point of that is extremely important because most people do not understand. If the driver has no insurance at all, then your uninsured motorist coverage or UM coverage will provide insurance. If the other driver had insurance that your injuries exceed the amount of their available coverage, then you now must look to your own policies to find additional money. This is when we turn to your policy in Georgia.
However, I’m about to notify you of a ripoff alert. A scam if you will. The way that will cause you to spend money and gets you half to the way there were a few more bucks would’ve gotten you all the way there. I am talking about UE coverage. This is uninsured motorist coverage, without doubt. The issue comes down to how all the money is proportioned. This will be easier to look at if we use an example.
How Does Uninsured Motorist Coverage in a Motorcycle Accident Work?
Let’s say that you have a Georgia motorcycle claim and your damages are worth exactly $50,000. In our first example is the driver that hit you does not have any insurance, but you have $25,000 in uninsured motorist coverage. In this example, you would be able to utilize the full $25,000 of your uninsured motorist policy. However, if you noticed you did not get enough money to fully compensate you.
In the second example, the driver that hit you carries the minimum amount of insurance which is $25,000, and you still have $25,000 in uninsured motorist coverage.
Do you get $25,000 or do you get $50,000? This is where the scam alert comes into play. If you have traditional uninsured motorist coverage and it is not described as uninsured excess or UE coverage your $25,000 will not go to you.
You will be left only with $25,000 which came from the other driver. Even though you paid money for UM coverage, you have the wrong UM coverage. If you have found this to be the case I would place a very angry phone call to your insurance agent because you got screwed.
Now, let’s look at a third example. In this case, the other driver has $25,000 and you still out $25,000 in UM coverage, however this coverage is UE coverage. In this case you will get the $25,000 from the first driver and you will get the $25,000 from your uninsured motorist policy.
This is because of the excess label. That means that the first $25,000 of your money is not going to feel the first hole, but rather you get to add it together to get full compensation.
So in this case your damages were $50,000 and there is exactly $50,000 in insurance coverage for you. Which one of the scenarios would you prefer? If you are a motorcycle driver, it is imperative for you to look at your insurance policy and make sure that you have uninsured motorist coverage.
Then, you must make sure that your uninsured motorist coverage is in excess of the damages. Look for the letters UE. If you do not see them, I would contact your insurance agent immediately before you are in an accident and need that coverage.
This is been another legal article by the club law firm. If you have been injured because another in a motorcycle accident wreck, contact your Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney about uninsured motorist coverage and for immediate representation.
Just a quick hello to the all of the motorcyclists and car drivers out there. Let’s all be safe and get back to work on Tuesday. I almost said Monday. Most of my articles here on this website are devoted to people and their injuries. This one is slightly different because the purpose is to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.
This is one of those weekends when people get hit by cars and wreck without anyone doing anything to cause it.
For those who will drink this weekend, please be extra safe. Not just for yourself, but for others. When you drink you do put me at risk and well as everyone else. So, with that said, let’s all go to the pool, beach, lake, park or to the couch for a safe holiday weekend.
To wrap up, I wish everyone a safe Memorial Day Weekend and I hope all of you motorcycle drivers continue to realize that no one see you. No one is expecting you. Everyone is fearful of being around you because if you wreck, then we kill you with our cars. That is not really fair to put that type of pressure on me. I am just going home from restaurant and I am having to think about vehicular homicide. Anyway, Motorcyclists Be Safe on Memorial Day Weekend.
We are going to discuss motorcycle accident settlements in today’s legal article. We have gone around the web and located some interesting and insightful cases and settlements. We have added in some of our own victories as well just to toot our own horn. We all know the saying. With that being said, let us showcase a deeper understanding of the values of motorcycle accident settlements by your favorite motorcycle accident attorney in Atlanta, Georgia.
One of the things I liked about this article is what happens at the end. I like it when clients spend their settlement money right. This guy went ahead and started setting up a college fund for his child and bought a place to live reducing his living expenses. It is also reported that he bought three motorcycles with the settlement proceeds. I am not sure if a agree with that, but to each their own. Right?
Major Considerations About Motorcycle Settlements
One of the biggest obstacles in any personal injury case, is finding all of the insurance and hoping that it is enough to cover the damages of the case. Let us unpack that sentence because it can be a heart breaker.
First you have to find all of the insurance. This is not as easy as you may believe. You would think that the insurance company for the at-fault driver would just give it to you, right? Wrong! They don’t have to do it unless you force them to with the correct statutory language and affidavits. Isn’t that amazing?
So, let us pretend that you have gotten this far. Is that all of the insurance out there? This is a huge topic and broader than the scope of this article, but you must start looking to uninsured motorist coverage, medical payment insurance and other policy provisions.
Now, that you have found that insurance, is it enough? Now, we are talking more about the value of the case. Although this article deals with back injuries, you should fully read this article about average settlements.
- More Reading
- Georgia Accident Litigation Procedure
- Who Pays the Accident Bills?
- Hit and Run Drivers & What to Do?
This is article should help you understand that these cases can have significant value, if handled right and the insurance is there to pay for the actual damages.
This article was written by Attorney Joseph P. McClelland. Mr. McClelland is an attorney, author and activist.
Welcome to legal article about Atlanta, Georgia motorcycle accident lawyers, claims, laws, and lawsuits by Joseph P. McClelland. This week we are going to discuss previous articles that may be of interest to my readers. So, with that being said, let us jump right into an oldie, but a goodie. Like I said, we are going over past articles that discuss Georgia motorcycle claims, lawsuits, and laws.
Articles on Atlanta, Georgia Motorcycle Claims
Information on Georgia motorcycle accidents
This a nice article that goes over a range of motorcycle topics. One the the coolest is the discussion of uninsured motorist coverage in Georgia. Go and find out what many people do not know. One more thing. Go and buy medical payment insurance just in case your health insurance company declines to cover your bills or if you don’t have insurance at all.
Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
This article is a combination of an article on motorcycle accidents and wrongful death cases. Joseph P. McClelland is also a Georgia wrongful death attorney. Check it out. It is a pretty good legal article by a personal injury lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia.
Macon Motorcycle Accident News
A brief tale of someone that was injured while driving his motorcycle in Macon, Georgia. Motorcycle riders beware because you bikers may suffer serious injuries on your motorcycles and need an Atlanta injury lawyer.
Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
This is our main page on Georgia motorcycle accidents. We go over a ton of information on that page. It also has some various links to other motorcycle articles. We go over the big ticket topic about bike accidents over there.
Reason to Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
This article goes over the reasons why you will need to hire a personal injury motorcycle accident attorney. We discuss some of the tricks the insurance company has to intimidate you. Don’t let that happen. Follow some of the tips by calling this attorney.
Closing Thoughts on Georgia Motorcycle Claims
As you know, the McClelland Law Firm represents those hurt and injured across the state of Georgia and in all courts. I only choose to represent a handful of clients at one time so I can give my best customer service. Do not take long in calling my office to see if we are a proper fit. I would like to help you get back on top. Get results by calling 770-775-0938. Don’t let your family down by trying to save a few bucks. Hire a qualified Georgia motorcycle claims attorney.
Should You Hire An Attorney For a Georgia Motorcycle Accident?
As a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Atlanta, I hear this question a good deal from people. I also see this question in forums and such places. It is an easy answer. That answer is yes. If the attorney is willing to take the time and take the case, then it must be profitable for the attorney to take your case. In that situation, the lawyer feels that one, you have a case, and two, that your case has some value to it.
Now, you may ask the question, why not do it yourself? I hear this question all the time from one of my best friends, in fact. I always try to answer the question like this. Remember, so and so? Remember how he always picked on people. He will say yes. Then, I ask would he pick on someone with an older brother. And he will respond yes, unless he was there. And then, I say exactly. Unless someone is there to back up your threat of calling in help, you are in trouble.
The same goes with the insurance company. You may have a good point about your brother being able to win, but not unless he is there. With the insurance company, unless you have an attorney, why should they take you seriously? Your big brother is not here to protect. Untill he comes, you are helpless. And guess what? There is a time limit. So, eventually, you have to call your brother before the clock runs out. Because when that happens your case is over.
Should You Hire An Attorney For a Motorcycle Accident?
So, should you hire an Atlanta, Georgia personal injury attorney or do you have to contact an Atlanta, Georgia personal injury attorney is really the same question. Can you see that? Why would they ever make you a good offer? Think about that. You cannot take them to court. You cannot make a good opening statement. You cannot even answer their discovery questions and motions without losing the case. They will try and succeed at beating you. It is only fair and just that someone with training beats someone with the same training. Their attorneys have trained. Their claims adjustor has trained. You are just you trying to get back to your old life.
I am not saying that after training you cannot do it. I am not saying that it is beyond your capacity. I am just saying or questioning why you would want to spend all of that time learning what to do. Then, trying to do it for the first time. It is too much to ask of yourself, I think.
Furthermore, the money an attorney can save you medical bills will shock you. Have you seen your medical bills recently? They are not cheap. There are things that you have never heard of that cost more money that some of the best things in anyone’s house. I hope you enjoyed all those services because they have to be paid. You also want to be sure that when you pay them, they can never come back and ask for more money.
Also, you will need to know too much about stacking insurance policies. This is too complicated to discuss in this article. Wait, that further indicates my entire point in this post. That is some things are possible to do. But, some things should be done by someone else. I hope this article shed some light on your questions. For an experienced Atlanta lawyer, contact our office today.
As a motorcycle accident attorney that reads current and recent articles about motorcycle accidents, and since I understand what can go wrong in personal injury settlements negotiations involving injured bikers. We have put together some recent injuries and accidents in the state for your entertainment and enjoyment.
Recent Injuries and Motorcycle Accidents
Recently, the Georgia State Patrol announced a recent motorcycle accident that resulted in a fatality. A motorcycle and truck collied. The result was a fatal motorcycle accident in Flowery Branch. The deceased man is 62-year-old Walter Hedges of Buford, Georgia which is north of Atlanta.
Recent reports indicate that the man was traveling on McEver Road sometime in the afternoon when his motorcycle was hit by a pickup truck on the same road. The truck while turning left struck the motorcycle. The man was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center where he died from his injuries. The other driver was injured, but not fatally.
One man is dead after a fatal accident in the un-incorporated part of Fayette County late Thursday night. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office reports that Brian Schornack was killed while the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a 1994 Jeep Wrangler. This is an example of a wrongful death lawsuit.
Authorities say Schornack was approaching Porter Road on Georgia Highway 85 South when Pye began a left turn onto the highway and into the path of Schornack. Schornack was unable to avoid striking the Jeep Wrangler. The motorcycle struck the Jeep in the northbound lane of Georgia Highway 85 South. Schornak was ejected from the motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Fayette County sheriff officials say the man had on the right clothing and helmet for safely riding his motorcycle.
Of the 73 deaths, 50 occurred during automobile crashes, 16 officers were struck and killed while outside of their own vehicles, six died in motorcycle crashes and one bike patrol officer was hit by a car while on duty.
Nineteen police officers have died this year. Always hire a personal injury for serious injuries in Georgia.
Of all of the states that had police officer fatal deaths, Texas had 18, California had 11, Illinois had 10, Florida had nine and Georgia had seven.
In more recent injury cases, Walter Hedges, 62, of Buford. Hedges’ motorcycle collided head-on with a pickup truck driven by Matthew Millwood, 22, of Flowery Branch. Bennett was driving a 2001 Suzuki GSX1300 motorcycle in Augusta, last Saturday when a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pulled out in front of him according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. You can find more information on bike wrecks on that page.
In another recent motorcycle accident, a driver of a Silverado, Robert Lee Dixon Jr. stopped part way in the road, the sheriff’s office said. Bennett swerved to avoid the truck, but the biker could not avoid the accident. For another recent motorcycle accident go there.
Bennett died shortly after the accident. The at-fault driver was charged with homicide by vehicle in the first degree, DUI and failure to yield. A drunk driver pulled out in front of him leaving a liquor store said the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office. This falls under the category of a wrongful death case.
Joseph P. McClelland represents families and individuals injured or fatally killed in motorcycles across the state of Georgia. Always hire an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney after a serious accident of any kind. You have to worry about getting better. You need to think about getting your life back together. Let our law firm work with the insurance company to get you full benefit for the injuries and losses you have sustained. Do not let the opportunity pass to be fully protected and to take all the necessary steps to maximize your motorcycle accident settlement. Thank you for reading this article on recent injuries on motorcycle accidents.
Fatal and deadly motorcycle accidents will turn a family upside down. Losing someone without them being sick is such a shock to everyone involved. Not only do their kids lose a parent, their friends lose a friend, their spouse loses a spouse, and family loses family. That is the first thing that will happen in every similar case when someone dies because of the driving of another car. Remeber to contact an attorney is such cases.
Deadly motorcycle accidents are more common than with other types of vehicles. The statistics for deadly car accidents is much different than those involving motorcyclists. I think the answer is pretty obvious that with a car you have like 2oth generation air bags, side bags, front air bags, your car collapses to absorb the impact, doors lock, and so forth. What do you have on a bike? A helmet. Given, car drivers ususally don’t wear helmets so that is one for the bikers, but really? Bikers stand such a little chance of escpaping injury and such a high chance of being catostrophically or fatally injured. That is why it is so important to contact a motorcyle accident attorney after an accident on a bike.
Deadly Motorcycling Accidents in Atlanta, Georgia
Many people in Georgia are killed while driving a motorcycle, therefore is not a strange occurance. However, this make is no less tragic. Bikers usually drive their bikes for fun, not necessarily for their ultimate transportation. They ususally have other cars or trucks. So, it is sad that these accidents happen while the drivers are out just enjoying themselves. It is necessary to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer a team or motorcycle accident attorneys, a great injury lawyer, or whatever, but you need help. Motorcycles are dangerous when you are riding in public. The potential of a collision with a car and suffer sever injuries is likely. Motorcycle crashes are serious business because many are fatal.
If a family member was fatally injured, you are entitled to compensation in Georgia. As for the deceased, they are entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering until they passed. They are also entitled to dollar value of the enjoyment of life. They are also entitled to a full lifetime’s worth of salary at their job. The other types of compensation are beyond the scope of this article. If you are interested, please contact my office for a consultation on these matters.
In case you wanted to do some legal research on the matter, I would start with the Georgia Wrongful Death Act. This act controls the case in Georgia. It is a very strick code, so it must be read and followed with perfection. Obviously, if you are not a trained legal professional, it will make only the smallest bit of sense to you. That is just because it is written poorly, and the very complexity makes former legal knowledge a precursor to full comprehension. Just hire a wrongful death lawyer!
Insurance questions will start coming at you fast and hard. Do you know how much the medical bills were? In deadly accidents, they tend to be on the high side. The other driver may be at fault, and if that is the case they will have to pay. But how much and will it cover deadly motorcycle accidents?
What Do You Do in a Deadly Motorcycling Accident?
Let us start with how much insurance they have. In Georgia, the minimum insurance requirements for insured drivers are $25,000 per person and $50,000 for accidents with multiple parties. I can see that you are already aware that this insurance will not completely cover your damages.
Before we start to think about suing the driver individually, beware that most people barely have a pot to piss in. What I mean is that if they live in an apartment and work at McDonalds, then suing them is wasted effort. Why? They will just file bankruptcy and you get nada, nothing, zip.
So, we will now see if they live with someone. This may allow us to utilise their insurance on top of his. Let us keep our fingers crossed on this on, but good news can come at bad times. So, be optimistic and never quit.
Next, let us look at our own policy in this case. If the deceased had medical payment insurance of a few thousand dollars, we could use that to help with the medical bills.
Further, let us remember to see if we had uninsured motorist coverage. This would be very beneficial for us if we did. This is because uninsured motorist coverage would give us additional insurance money to recover.
Most people think that uninsured motorist coverage does not apply if the other driver had insurance. WRONG!!! It also works as underinsured coverage. The first driver does not have enough insurance to cover the damages, so the UM coverage kicks in. Well, that sounds great, but there is a catch.
Is your uninsured coverage also called UE or just U? Why do I ask? One type of coverage is junk and other type is gold. Now are you more interested in what type you have? You should be because I have seen so many people lose their mind when they learn they have been paying for something they will never get. Go ahead and give that angry call to your insurance agent because they deserve it.
Need for a personal injury attorney for fatal motorcycle accidents. Do not try to handle the case yourself. Don’t be greedy and ruin it all. Don’t let a general practitioner handle the case. You need a personal injury attorney that has worked with fatal or deadly motorcycle accidents and wrongful death cases.