Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Due to rising gas prices, motorcycle sales have increased significantly over the last decade. With more and more motorcyclists taking to the roads, inevitably, there have been more horrific motorcycle accidents. Sadly, the number of motorcycle fatalities has doubled in the last ten years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that motorcycle riders are 35 times more likely to be killed in an accident, compared to drivers of vehicles. The administration also states that in 2013 nearly 5,000 motorcyclists lost their lives in accidents, while nearly 90,000 were injured. That’s 72.34 per 100k registered motorcycles. Motorcycles also have a higher rate of fatality for the same amount of distance traveled by a car. Because motorcyclists are not as well protected, they are much more likely to suffer from severe injuries including brain injury, spinal cord injury, loss of limbs, fractures and emotional injuries like PTSD. Riders who wear helmets fare better than those who do not, especially fatalities and traumatic brain injuries. Riders who wear helmets, face-shields, gloves, jackets, pants, and boots fare the best.
The predominant cause of accidents involving motorcycles is their conspicuousness. Most car drivers don’t see motorcyclists until it’s too late. Only about 25% of motorcycle accidents are single vehicle accidents, while 75% involved a passenger vehicle. Unfortunately, nearly 50% of fatal motorcycle accidents involve alcohol.
When you hire a motorcycle accident attorney at Georgia Trial Attorneys, we research and investigate the full extent of an accident. While human error causes the vast majority of accidents, there are maintenance and defective parts that could have exacerbated the severity of the crash. We look at alcohol use, wrong signaling, and reckless or negligent driving, along with road conditions to ensure we have all the evidence necessary to create a strong case. We consider failure to yield, tailgating, left turns in a rider’s path, and excessive speed. A motorcycle accident results in financial strain due to extensive medical expenses, lost wages, a decrease in future earnings, future medical care, and therapy, pain and suffering, mental suffering, loss of quality of life and other claims. It is important you have a legal advocate on your side that can fight for you to receive the compensation you need to heal and recover.
If you’re in an accident, check to make sure you and everyone are OK. Call the police and ask them to complete an accident report. Take as many photos of the scene to properly document the accident. Exchange everyone’s contact and insurance information. Consider drawing a diagram of the scene. Call an experienced attorney before speaking to insurance companies.
As a Georgia Trial Attorneys injury client, you will always receive exceptional legal representation along with patient and compassionate guidance through your case. We know that every case is unique and requires individualized attention and consideration. When you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you need help. Our firm is here to assist you through the legal process, fighting aggressively for just compensation. If you live in Georgia, call 678-667-8965 for a free consultation right away.