Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Albany, Georgia
Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Albany, Georgia
Motorcycle Accident Law in Albany, Georgia
The hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists in Georgia face a much higher rate of injury and death as compared to individuals traveling in cars. In fact, the likelihood of dying in a motorcycle accident is 27 times higher than the chance of being killed while traveling in a car. The increased risk faced by motorcyclists is no great surprise considering that motorcyclists are not protected by a steel frame like individuals riding in cars. In addition, motorcycles are smaller than and not always as visible to drivers as are other cars.
For motorcyclists, the added risk is one they accept in exchange for the freedom offered by riding a motorcycle. However, the fact that motorcycles are not as safe as cars does not change the fact that motorcyclists injured by negligent drivers can normally pursue claims against those responsible for their injuries. In fact, the injuries sustained are often very serious, extremely expensive, and at times, life-altering and permanently debilitating. At Montlick & Associates, we have decades of experience representing individuals injured while riding motorcycles in and around Albany, Georgia.
Negligence and Motorcycle Accidents in Albany, Georgia
When a collision between a car and a motorcycle accident occurs, it is most often the result of negligence. Negligence occurs when a person does not act as a reasonably prudent person would under the circumstances. In the case of individuals operating vehicles on the road, a duty is owed to drive or ride reasonably in order to avoid causing an accident with other motorists or pedestrians.
A mere moment of carelessness can cause an accident.. For example, if a driver is texting, or changes lanes without looking carefully for other vehicles, an accident can happen. If a driver of a car is negligent, and causes a collision that injures a motorcyclist, the motorcyclist can normally collect compensation from the negligent driver.
Motorcycles and Comparative Negligence in Albany
The cause of a collision is not always clear cut. It is possible for an accident to be the result of the negligent acts of many people, including the person injured. Under Georgia’s law, when an injured person is partially responsible for their injury the court will compare the negligence of the parties and assign a percent of responsibility to all of the parties involved. If the injured person is less than 50% responsible for the accident, then they are able to collect compensation that will be reduced by their share of the liability. For example, if a motorcyclist was involved in a collision with a car, and the court found the motorcyclist to 40% liable, and the driver was 60% liable, the motorcyclist would be able to collect 60% of the total damages that he or she suffered. Thus, if a court concluded that the damages were $100,000, the motorcyclist would be able to collect $60,000.
One thing that can impact motorcyclists, in particular, is whether or not they were wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. If a motorcyclist suffers a head injury that could have been prevented by the use of a helmet, then the motorcyclist’s failure to wear a helmet could be seen as comparative negligence, and therefore reduce the amount of damages available to the injured individual.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should contact an experienced attorney at Montlick & Associates to learn about you legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights.
Put Our Law Firm's Over 35 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!
The time you have to legally receive compensation is limited. Injured motorcyclists in Georgia should take swift action after the accident to protect their legal rights. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 35 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.
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