Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycle crashes killed more than 4,500 people in one recent year. During the same year, 92,000 motorcyclists sustained injuries, an increase of 4,000 from the previous year. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you deserve to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.
When you ride in a car, you have thousands of pounds of metal, plastic, and fiberglass protecting you from other vehicles. You don’t have the same protection when riding a motorcycle. For motorcycle drivers, another driver’s mistake can prove deadly.
Common Misconceptions about Motorcycle Accidents in Georgia
Many people assume that motorcyclists cause accidents by splitting lanes or driving in an aggressive manner. The truth is that most motorcycle accidents occur because car and truck drivers fail to see motorcycles, whether it’s because the motorcycle is in a blind spot or because the at-fault driver was looking for a car, not a bike. It’s up to drivers to check their blind spots frequently and make sure there are no motorcycles coming before they pull into a roadway. It’s like so many bumper stickers say: look twice, save a life.
Of course motorcyclists should follow Georgia’s rules of the road too. There are a few motorcycle riders who split lanes of traffic, pass on double yellow lines, or rev their engines late at night in quiet neighborhoods. Motorcycle riders like that are the exception, not the rule. But in the eyes of some car and truck drivers, those few give other motorcycle riders a bad name.
We went door-to-door until we found a business with a security camera that showed the motorcycle accident in which our client was seriously injured. This is the kind of hard work it takes to win personal injury cases.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Open-door accidents, rear-end collisions, and single-bike accidents are among the most common types of motorcycle accidents. People parked on the side of the road are supposed to look before opening their doors. If a door opens in the path of a motorcyclist, the rider may not be able to stop in time to prevent colliding with the door.
Rear-end collisions are especially dangerous for motorcyclists. When a vehicle crashes into the rear end of a motorcycle, the rider can be thrown off the bike, causing broken bones and head injuries. Other motorists need to maintain a safe amount of distance between their vehicles and any motorcycles on the road.
Left turns are a common cause of motorcycle accidents. Typically, a driver of an automobile is turning left and although the driver is supposed to yield to oncoming traffic, the automobile driver fails to see the motorcycle and starts the turn. It’s as though the driver was looking only for cars or trucks, and somehow did not notice the motorcycle heading through the intersection. So the automobile starts the left turn, despite having the duty to yield. That constitutes negligence. Then if the motorcycle driver cannot stop in time, the motorcycle strikes the car, and the motorcycle rider can be thrown over his handlebars and seriously hurt.
Hit-and-run accidents are particularly common with motorcycles, bicycles, and scooters. Nobody knows why, but it may be a combination of two factors. First, drivers who collide with motorcycles, bicycles, or scooters know that the injuries to the other person are likely to be serious, so the driver has a reason to run. Second, drivers who collide with motorcycles, bicycles, or scooters know that the other person is not going to be able to chase them. These are ugly reasons, but they may explain why there are so many hit-and-run accidents involving motorcycles, bicycles, and scooters.
Single-bike accidents do not involve other vehicles. They often occur because of road maintenance problems. If you are involved in a single-bike accident, our personal injury lawyers can investigate the road condition to determine whether the city, county, or state maintained it properly.
Investigating Motorcycle Accidents
When you call our motorcycle accident attorneys, we’ll start investigating your motorcycle accident. We review accident reports, talk to witnesses, and gather evidence to help support your claim.
After a motorcycle accident, it’s important to take action quickly. The longer you wait, the easier it is for witnesses to forget exactly what they saw at the time of your accident. There’s also a risk that important evidence will be lost. So we move fast. We’ll investigate the presence of surveillance or traffic cameras, request evidence from police and other officials, send spoliation warnings to ensure that evidence is preserved, prepare the complaint and other court documents, litigate your case and, if necessary, present it to a jury.
Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
In the blink of an eye, a motorcycle accident can change your life forever. In addition to your pain and suffering, mounting medical bills, and a loss of income, you have to worry about how to pay for everything while you are unable to work. Depending on the severity of your injuries, a motorcycle accident can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. Our lawyers and team have experience fighting for motorcyclists who were injured because of careless drivers. Call our experienced injury attorneys to help you as you get on the road to recovery.
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