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Recently, a state appellate court issued an opinion in a lawsuit stemming from a Georiga motorcycle accident. Tragically, the motorcyclist died from injuries he suffered after colliding with a car. The motorcyclist’s representatives filed a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit against two of the car’s occupants, however, a trial jury found in favor of the defendants. The plaintiffs filed a motion for a new trial and a subsequent appeal based on the fact that the trial court inappropriately allowed a non-expert witness to testify to the motorcyclist’s speed. Further, they argued that the trial court should have declared a mistrial after testimony that the motorcyclist would have been cited for driving under the influence of methamphetamines, if he survived the accident.

At trial, the defendants presented several witnesses that testified that based on the sound of the biker’s engine, they believed that he was traveling around 80 to 100 miles per hour. The plaintiffs argued that the testimony was inadmissible because the witnesses did not see the biker. Under, OCGA section 24-7-701, non-expert witness testimony must be:

  • Rationally based on the witness’s perception,
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In 2017, our client was travelling down a 4-lane divided highway when a truck driver, driving only his tractor, pulled out of a parking lot and into the path of his motorcycle. Our client had no chance to avoid the collision and died almost immediately upon impact.

Initially, the trucking company denied responsibility for our client’s death.  However, our thorough investigation and accident reconstruction work ultimately convinced the trucking company to abandon this defense.  One of the key reasons the trucking company initially denied fault for our client’s death in this trucking accident case was because Continue reading ›

Those who have been injured because of a car accident may be entitled to two forms of damages. A client can recover economic or general damages and non-economic, also known as special, damages. These damages compose two avenues for compensation in the average case. Each aggravation should be separated and addressed within the appropriate category. Your Atlanta personal injury attorneys, McAleer Law, can help clarify the difference between economic and non-economic damages and how both can figure into your case.

How Can One Accident Fall Into Multiple Categories?

Victims suffer damages that can be both financial and physically debilitating. When compensation is sought, an experienced lawyer should categorize the type of damage inflicted to put forth a case that will ensure clients receive all that they are entitled to by law .

To avoid a motorcycle accident in Atlanta, it’s important to think about your own personal safety when you are on the open road. While other drivers should be watching out for you, the key is to be prepared for any variety of situations so you can avoid possible injury.
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