Part 3 – Legal Aspects of Motorcycle Accidents


In the unfortunate event of a motorcycle accident, understanding the legal aspects can be crucial in obtaining compensation for injuries and damages. As Georgia personal injury lawyers, we are experienced in handling motorcycle accident cases and can provide valuable guidance and representation.

Contributory Negligence

In Georgia, the doctrine of contributory negligence may affect the outcome of a motorcycle accident case. If the injured motorcyclist is found to be partially at fault for the accident, their compensation may be reduced proportionately to their degree of fault. Therefore, it is crucial for motorcyclists to adhere to traffic laws and safe riding practices to minimize the risk of being found partially at fault.

Statute of Limitations

In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including motorcycle accidents, is generally two years from the date of the accident. This means that an injured motorcyclist must file their claim within this time frame to preserve their right to compensation. It is essential to consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident to ensure compliance with the statute of limitations.

Damages in Motorcycle Accident Cases

In a motorcycle accident case, an injured rider may be entitled to compensation for various damages, including:

  • Medical expenses: Costs of medical treatment, rehabilitation, and ongoing care related to the accident.
  • Lost wages: Compensation for missed work due to injuries sustained in the accident.
  • Pain and suffering: Compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress experienced as a result of the accident.
  • Property damage: Reimbursement for repair or replacement costs of a damaged motorcycle.

The Role of a Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer in Motorcycle Accidents

Retaining the services of a skilled Georgia personal injury lawyer can be beneficial in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident. A lawyer can:

  • Investigate the accident and gather evidence to establish liability.
  • Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.
  • Calculate the full extent of your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
  • Represent your best interests in court if a fair settlement cannot be reached


Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity for both motorcyclists and drivers to refresh their knowledge of safe riding and driving practices. By being aware of the potential risks and taking steps to mitigate them, we can help create a safer environment for all road users. In the unfortunate event of a motorcycle accident, a Georgia personal injury lawyer can provide valuable assistance in navigating the legal process and obtaining the compensation you deserve.

Injured in a motorcycle accident? Don’t hesitate to get started on your case by calling Wood Craig Miller, LLC at , or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We’re knowledgeable on federal and state traffic laws and have helped countless injured drivers and passengers in our community.


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