Buford Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

hand holding a cellphone with Scholle Law the screen with a motorcycle accident in background“Live to ride, ride to live” is a popular motto among some motorcyclists. But what happens when your love of riding is brought to a sudden and screeching halt because of a serious crash? Or what if you recently lost a spouse or family member while they were doing what they loved due to another person’s negligence?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that all motorcycle riders follow basic safe driving practices such as increasing visibility by turning headlights on, avoiding drinking and driving, being aware of road and weather conditions, staying alert to where other drivers are at all times, always abiding by traffic laws and being very cautious while driving through intersections or when merging into traffic. However, even when these guidelines are followed perfectly, sometimes accidents still happen.

Sadly, serious and fatal motorcycle collisions happen far too often in the Atlanta metro area—including right here in Buford.

Somewhere between 4,000 and 5,500 motorcyclists die each year in fatal crashes in the U.S. Despite the fact that motorcyclists drive less than 1 percent of the total miles driven, they make up 15 percent of traffic deaths. According to the NHTSA, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash. In Georgia, 154 motorcycle riders lost their lives in 2018. That’s 154 lives tragically cut short—many in preventable accidents.

What’s more, as Atlanta grows, the roads, highways and interstates that crisscross through Gwinnett and Hall counties have become increasingly clogged and congested in recent years, resulting in higher rates of serious and fatal vehicle accidents.

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Buford, Georgia, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. At Scholle Law, we can help you deal with complex motorcycle accident litigation including traffic and registration law compliance, medical expenses resulting from personal injuries like brain injury, liability determinations, and overcoming bias against motorcyclists. With the help of trusted attorney Charles Scholle and our skilled legal team, we can make sure that you get the settlement you need and deserve.

Scholle Law is an experienced personal injury and accident law firm that specializes in cases involving car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents and more. We’ve served the Buford community for over 20 years. Through hard work and dedication, we’ve gained the trust of local residents in Gwinnett and Hall counties, earning a reputation in the community for high-quality legal representation at a fair and honest cost.

From our law offices in Duluth, Perimeter, Decatur and downtown Atlanta, we serve residents of Buford and communities throughout North Georgia. Visit our main office in Duluth, just 12 miles down the road from downtown Buford on I-985/I-85 S, on Sugarloaf Parkway (Exit 109).

Call us at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Buford motorcycle accident lawyer.

What to Do After a Car Accident in Buford

First and foremost, if you are involved in a serious collision in which you or one of your passengers are injured, you should call 911 and seek emergency medical attention immediately. All of the other steps listed below can wait. Your health is most important. After you’ve received treatment, call our law firm immediately to discuss your legal options.

If, however, you were involved in a minor car accident or weren’t visibly or noticeably hurt, it’s crucial you follow these steps:

1. Stop your vehicle

Make sure you stop your car. Pullover to safety if possible and put on your hazard lights. Above all, don’t leave until instructed to do so by a police officer. Leaving the scene of an accident (known as a “hit and run”) is a criminal offense in the state of Georgia.

2. Call the police

Call the police, even if you do not think anyone appears to be hurt and the damage isn’t severe. The police will write up an accident report that includes who was cited, where the accident took place and draw a diagram of what happened.

3. Gather information and evidence

While you wait for the police to arrive, swap information with the other people involved in the accident, and take pictures of the accident scene — including photos of your car, the other vehicles, the surroundings and even the weather. All of this information may be important later when seeking damages. If possible, also be sure to grab the contact information of the police officer who arrived at the scene and drafted the report.

4. Record your version of events

Once you’ve filed a report with the police officer, make sure you are prepared to recount the incident to an attorney. Write down the details of the accident while they are fresh in your mind such as the time of the accident, the make and model of the cars involved, the contact and personal information of all those involved, the location of the collision and the road conditions.

5. Notify your insurer

Call your auto insurance company and tell them that you were involved in a car accident as soon as possible after a wreck, even if you weren’t responsible for it.

Many policies require claimants to notify the insurance provider shortly after a crash in order to receive coverage.

6. Visit your doctor

Another thing you should do after a car accident, no matter how minor it was, is to go see your doctor. Often, seemingly minor car accidents — like a fender bender — can result in serious injuries such as a neck injury, spine injury, back injury or head injury.

Even if you don’t want to go to the hospital in an ambulance, it is extremely important to get to a doctor right away and tell them what hurts. Having a doctor’s notes, in writing, will help your lawyer interpret how the injuries you sustained were caused by the accident and how they may practically impact your life going forward.

7. Consult an attorney

Finally, contact a trusted personal injury attorney near you to learn about your legal options. At Scholle Law, we can begin to help you deal with the financial burdens that arise in the aftermath of a serious auto accident. By leveraging our experience in dealing with similar cases in Buford, Georgia, we will work to get you the compensation that you need.

From our law offices in Duluth, Perimeter, Decatur and downtown Atlanta, we serve residents of Buford and communities throughout North Georgia. Visit our main office in Duluth, just 12 miles down the road from downtown Buford on I-985/I-85 S, on Sugarloaf Parkway (Exit 109).

Call us at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Buford motorcycle accident lawyer.