You were riding as a passenger on a friend’s motorcycle when the unthinkable happened—the motorcycle crashed and you were seriously injured. The police did an investigation and found that your friend was at fault for the motorcycle wreck because he was speeding. You are in pain, you haven’t been to work for six weeks, and you have piles of unpaid medical bills. You want to file an insurance claim, but you don’t want to get your friend in trouble. What’s the solution?
Whether they are driving a passenger car or a motorcycle—all drivers owe their passengers a duty of care. That means drivers with passengers have the responsibility to follow traffic laws. Motorcyclists who cause an accident because they are intoxicated, distracted or speeding are negligent in their duty of care. This means that they are liable for their passenger’s injuries.
You know you have the right to file an insurance claim, but it can be hard to do so when the motorcyclist is a friend or family member. However, it is usually the insurance company that pays the damages, not the friend.
Motorcyclists in Georgia are required to carry liability insurance. The insurance must provide at least $25,000 per person for bodily injury and $50,000 per accident for bodily injury to two or more people. Your injuries are covered under your friend’s Georgia motorcycle accident insurance policy.
Of course, the insurance company isn’t going to want to pay your medical bills. They may argue that you assumed the risk of injury when you agreed to ride on a motorcycle. They may even try to blame you for the accident. You will need to protect your rights.
Your best option is to contact an Atlanta personal injury attorney. Kaufman Law will work with you and your friend to get you the compensation you need to pay your medical bills and recover from the accident. Call our firm today to schedule a free consultation.