Motorcycles are an exhilarating form of transportation. Feeling the wind on your skin as you cruise the roads is relaxing and exciting. Motorcycles also provide economic benefits. They are cheaper and more fuel-efficient than larger vehicles. Unfortunately, motorcycles can also be dangerous. That’s especially true when other motorists fail to respect the rules of the road.
Thousands of motorcycles travel on interstates and rural roads in the Atlanta area every day. Those bikers have the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers. But they are often dismissed as irresponsible and a nuisance. We know that is untrue and unjust. We are prepared to fight for your rights if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle wreck.
If you have suffered a serious personal injury or the wrongful death of a loved one in a motorcycle accident, Monge & Associates can aggressively protect your rights to money damages for your loss.
For a free consultation with our Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys, call us at (800) 860-8021 or use our online form.
Motorcycle Accidents Can Occur Anywhere
Motorcycle riders are more likely than other motorists to be injured or killed in crashes. Motorcycles lack the safety features and structural protection that other vehicles have. Automobile drivers have their car to protect them. Bikers have only their defensive driving skills and any safety gear that they choose to wear for protection.
The most recent stats from the Governor’s Office for Highway Safety show that 12% of the people killed in motor vehicle crashes in our state are motorcycle riders. In the reported year, 177 motorcyclists died in crashes—the most motorcycle fatalities in the state in 15 years.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Wrecks
What causes motorcycle wrecks to occur?
Consider these facts from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration:
- Almost 75% of motorcycle accidents involve collisions with other vehicles, usually a passenger automobile.
- In multiple-vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violates the motorcyclist’s right-of-way about 67% of the time.
- The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominant cause of motorcycle accidents.
- 98% of collisions result in some kind of injury to the motorcycle rider. Nearly half of collision injuries are serious.
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, most fatal crashes in the state occur when drivers lose control of their motorcycles or drive at unsafe speeds. Following too closely and failure to yield are other contributing factors.
You May Be Entitled to Compensation
Studies show that motorcycle accidents most often result in injuries to the head, neck, arms, and legs of motorcycle riders. Any of those injuries can cause permanent disabilities or death, especially injuries that involve neck injuries and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Many people expect insurance to cover their expenses after a motorcycle accident. In a serious wreck, an injured person’s losses can quickly exceed minimum car insurance coverage requirements. All too often, the driver at fault doesn’t even have car insurance.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to obtain money to help you with medical bills, rehabilitation costs, future medical expenses, lost wages and lost productivity. In the case of a fatal accident, a family may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault parties and receive compensation for their losses. A court may also award compensation for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I've been involved in a motorcycle accident? The most important thing that you should do after a motorcycle accident is to see a doctor. Even if you feel perfectly fine, there may be internal damage that you can’t see or that you may not feel in the immediate aftermath of the crash. If possible, collect the name and contact information of the other driver(s) involved in the accident.
A car turned left in front of me when my motorcycle collision occurred. Who is at fault? It depends. Typically drivers making left-hand turns are liable for crashes because the law states that they should yield to all oncoming traffic.
How do you determine fault in a motorcycle wreck? Investigators will consider a variety of elements to determine fault. As is the case with car accidents, contributing factors may include speed, weather conditions, road conditions, distracted driving, fatigue, defective parts or alcohol and drugs, among others.
I wasn't wearing my helmet at the time of my motorcycle accident. Will I have a valid claim? Georgia law requires motorcycle operators and their passengers to wear helmets that meet the minimum standards set forth by the Georgia Department of Public Safety. But you and your passenger are not barred from making a personal injury claim just because you weren’t wearing your helmets. The key factor will be in establishing the negligence of the other party and then determining whether your failure to wear the helmet directly contributed to your injuries.
Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
If you have suffered a serious personal injury or the death of a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact Monge & Associates. We can evaluate your legal options and our Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers are dedicated to aggressively protect the rights of the injured. Our attorneys have experience in negotiating with insurance companies and we know how to successfully pursue claims for our clients.
Call us at (800) 860-8021 today or fill out our online form for a free consultation. Remember, if we don’t win, you don’t pay and we come to you.