According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, over 10% of all traffic deaths in 2007 were motorcyclists. In 2016 alone, there were approximately 173 motorcyclist fatalities, up by more than 26% from 2014.

Motorcyclists are more likely to be involved in a serious accident that results in injury or death. By nature, both motorcyclists and their passengers are at greater risk of encountering serious hazards while out on the road. Bad weather, poor road conditions, and distracted drivers all pose major threats to these bikers.

Year over year, the number of fatalities continues to grow. Responsible drivers know that it’s what you do before, during, and immediately following an accident that could save your life or someone else’s.

Common Causes of Accidents Involving Motorcycles

As attorneys, our office has handled all types of cases where negligent drivers are responsible for causing motorcycle accidents.  We’ve represented both victims and families in seeking justice throughout Atlanta, and across the state of Georgia. In our experience, we’ve found that some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • • One of the top causes of accidents involving a motorized vehicle is speeding. When an individual is driving too fast for the road conditions, they severely reduce the amount of time that they have to react to other drivers. This greatly increases the chances for a collision to occur, which could result in life-threating injuries or worse.

  • • We’ve all been in situations where a driver in another lane fails to check his blind spot and almost causes an accident. Neglecting to check your blind spot or signal before changing lanes is another common threat to everyone on the road.

  • • People who drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol pose a major threat, not only to themselves, but to others. If caught, they may face civil and criminal liability.

  • • Sometimes the roads are littered with debris, potholes or there may be other dangerous conditions that create a hazardous situation for motorcyclists. Something that appears to be a minor issue, like crumbling pavement for example, may increase the chance that a motorcyclist could lose control of his or her vehicle.

What to Do If You’re in a Motorcycle Accident in Georgia

If you are involved in an accident on the road while driving your motorcycle, it’s important that you know what to do next. Not making the right decision could negatively impact you and your family. Make sure you have someone in your corner who is knowledgeable about motorcycle accidents and Georgia state law.

The attorneys at Butler Law Firm are here to answer your questions and inform you of your rights. Give us a call at 678-940-1444 for your free consultation!

If you’ve been in an accident, we recommend the following:

  • • Call the police to ensure the accident has been properly documented.

  • • Exchange insurance information and get the full contact details of everyone involved.

  • • Take pictures of the scene and document the details of the accident.

  • • Seek medical attention immediately. You may not know the full extent of your injuries until days later.

  • • Exchange insurance information and get the full contact details of everyone involved.

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