Avoiding a Collision by Laying Down a Motorcycle


November 07, 2013

Not all motorcycle accidents involve a direct collision between the bike and another object or moving vehicle. In some accidents, a motorcycle rider is forced to "lay down" the bike to avoid impact. This last-resort maneuver might avoid a collision, but unfortunately can still result in death or serious injuries that cause great pain and expense for riders and their families. Sometimes we are asked by motorcyclists whether laying a bike down under these circumstances means that the rider cannot recover compensation for his or her injuries.

If someone is faced with the sudden threat of harm, the person's actions in responding to the situation should be reasonable under the emergency circumstances to avoid experiencing injury to one's self.  If laying down the motorcycle to avoid an imminent and possibly fatal collision is reasonable under the circumstances, the rider may have a valid personal injury claim against the motorist who created the hazard.

Even if a judge or jury determines that the motorcyclist is partially at-fault, the driver that created the hazard may still be responsible for payment of medical expenses, property damage, loss income, pain and suffering and other damages due to the accident. However, the degree of fault assigned to the rider can result in a reduction in the amount of the recovery in proportion to the amount of fault assigned to the motorcyclist.

At Montlick and Associates, our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers have been helping riders and their families recover from traffic accidents of all kinds since the law firm was founded in 1984. Our firm only represents those who have been injured by the negligence of others; we do not represent insurance agencies, large or small companies or governmental bodies. By focusing strictly on personal injury law, we believe we can do a better job and that it helps us provide our clients with the personal attention and excellent service they deserve.

In situations where a motorcycle rider has no choice but to intentionally lay down their vehicle, the resulting injuries can range from shattered ankles and wrists to potentially fatal spinal cord or brain trauma. A helmet and protective gear are both required by Georgia law and essential for rider safety, but some injuries in a lay down motorcycle crash are simply unavoidable. Our lawyers understand how painful and frustrating it can be for riders and their loved ones during the long period of recovery from a debilitating motorcycle wreck. In addition to the astronomical cost of emergency room care, surgery and follow-up medical treatment, serious injuries can leave riders unable to work and deprive a family of household income.

If you or a motorcycle rider you know is in this type of difficult situation, we invite you to contact Montlick and Associates at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) and discuss your case with one of the 34 lawyers we have on staff. In a free, private consultation, we'll take a look at all the important details of your case and assess whether or not you can recover compensation for your losses.

With the highways and city streets of Atlanta and surrounding communities becoming more congested than ever as the area grows, motorcycle riders are confronted with an increasing number of potential hazards. The prevalence of smart phones has given rise to a whole new generation of distracted motorists. These drivers cause many preventable wrecks simply because they are texting, talking or web browsing instead of watching the road. Other threats to motorcyclists include drunk drivers, tired truck drivers, and busy intersections where car drivers fail to stop and look carefully at traffic.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years Experience to Work For You

Whether you are hurt in a "lay down" crash or a different type of motorcycle accident, our lawyers stand ready to help our clients recover the financial compensation they need to recover from their injuries. If you or someone close to you is injured in a motorcycle crash, our Georgia motorcycle injury attorneys have been fighting for injury victims and their families for over thirty years. Our compassionate legal team at Montlick and Associates is available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.