The Serious Motorcycle Accident Injury Risk Faced by Georgia Riders


November 14, 2013

The risk of injury for a motorcycle rider is very high no matter what type of collision or other vehicle is involved in the accident. Whether it's a collision with a tractor-trailer on a busy interstate or a low-speed parking lot wipeout, riders almost always suffer injuries that are much more serious than those experienced by other motorists. Unlike the basic protection afforded by a car or a truck, motorcycles lack the structural protection of a vehicle around them. This leaves them exposed and very vulnerable in a crash regardless of whom or what causes it.

Prudent and safety-conscious riders always wear a helmet and protective riding gear like a leather jacket and sturdy, steel-toe boots. It is also wise to appear as visible as possible out there on the roads by wearing a bright yellow safety vest. Some riders even put brightly colored reflector tape on the motorcycle itself to make it more noticeable in traffic.

Research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that although motorcycle riders account for only two percent of registered motor vehicles, they account for five percent of nationwide highway deaths every year. In motorcycle crashes that do not result in a fatality, broken bones are the most frequently reported injury. Broken legs are especially common because a rider's legs can get trapped under the motorcycle when it goes down in a crash. Hand, wrist and forearm breaks also are a frequent outcome for riders because they instinctively try to break their fall in a crash.

Using the above-mentioned protective clothing like leather jackets and pants made from leather, nylon or Kevlar can help prevent another commonly-reported injury known as road rash. This painful type of cut or scrape happens when a rider falls to the road and slides along the pavement. Depending on the degree of abrasion, road rash injuries can be severe and leave permanent scarring. Similar to a burn, this kind of injury even in its mildest form requires immediate medical attention to reduce the risk of infection, permanent disfigurement and other complications.

If you or a motorcycle rider you know has been injured in a crash, you should contact a personal injury law firm with experience handling motorcycle crash injury claims. At Montlick and Associates, our lawyers are very familiar with the risks that riders face on the busy roads of Georgia because we have experienced riders at our law firm. Between distracted teens, impaired drivers or treacherous surfaces like construction zones where gravel and slick patches of road present daily hazards, there's never a shortage of ways a rider can wind up in the back of an ambulance with a serious injury. After nearly 30 years of fighting for personal injury victims in Georgia, our lawyers have the experience it takes to obtain the compensation our clients deserve for their pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses.

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

If you or your family member is injured in a motorcycle accident, our Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates have been helping injury victims and their families for over thirty years throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, 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. 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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