Impaired Drivers Constitute an Especially Serious Danger for Motorcyclists


November 05, 2013

When a motor vehicle operator under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs causes a traffic accident, the result is often death or severe injury. Victims and their families frequently are left with devastating injuries and emotional distress that can take months or years of recovery time. When the victim of these all-too-common accidents happens to be riding on a motorcycle, the consequences are usually even worse. Motorcyclists are exposed to a much greater risk than car or truck drivers for painful injuries, such as broken legs and arms, cuts, head trauma, and road rash. Some injuries heal quickly, but others only grow more painful over time. In some cases, riders are eventually able to completely recover and get on with their lives. But other injuries, such as brain injury or spinal cord damage are life-altering and lead to financially ruinous medical bills and long-term emotional consequences and pain and suffering.

Although wearing a helmet is mandatory for all motorcycle riders in Georgia, there is still no fool-proof safeguard against the many hazards when traveling the roadways throughout the Atlanta-Metro area and surrounding areas of Georgia. Motorcycle riders are, predictably, harder to see than other vehicles. When a motorist is under the influence of alcohol, he or she is even less likely to spot an approaching motorcycle when driving through a dangerous intersection or turning into a parking lot.

Besides the immediate pain of an injury, a major crash can also leave the motorcycle rider unable to continue performing the work duties that accompany his or her job. The ensuing lost wages can make it nearly impossible to cover mounting medical bills. Compounding the problem will be opposing insurance companies and their teams of lawyers and agents working hard to deny your claim, which make motorcycle accidents even more devastating for the injured and their loved ones. At Montlick and Associates, our experienced Georgia motorcycle accident lawyers believe in standing up for the rights of our clients by aggressively pursuing a personal injury claim.

To some in the general driving public, there is still a misconception that motorcycle riders are irresponsible or less likely to use safe practices on the road. These false stereotypes are exactly what some insurance agents count on to justify rejecting injury claims. At our Atlanta-based motorcycle accident law firm, we understand that the majority of motorcycle riders are safety-conscious, well-trained, and drive defensively. Unfortunately, motorcyclists can suffer devastating injuries or death just about every day here in Georgia in collisions caused by drunk drivers – while the drivers themselves may leave the scene without a single scratch.

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

If you or someone in your family is a motorcycle rider that's been hurt in a traffic accident, including one caused by a drug or alcohol impaired driver, don't hesitate to call the law firm of Montlick and Associates. Our experienced Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers are ready to help you seek compensation for injuries and medical costs. Our attorneys have represented residents of Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Rome, Savannah and other cities and smaller towns throughout the State of Georgia. To talk about your case, call our offices anytime, 27/7, day or night, at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). Through a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable lawyers, you will receive advice regarding your legal options and how to proceed. You can also reach out to us online at www.montlick.com and fill out our free case evaluation form to get started, or use our 24/7 Free Live Online Chat.

At Montlick and Associates, we understand how traumatic a motorcycle accident can be to not just the injured but for their loved ones too. A meaningful financial recovery for your avoidable injury will help all those impacted. Call today and take that first step toward recovery.

Category: Auto Accidents

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