Georgia Motorcycle Accidents Typically Mean Permanent Life Changes


January 01, 2011

While any motor vehicle accident is a serious matter, motorcycle accidents are particularly dangerous. Motorcycle riders are particularly vulnerable to the negligent driving of others with whom a rider shares the road and extremely exposed when involved in a collision. More than 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents result in injury or death to the rider. Motorcycles have become increasingly popular both as a fuel-efficient means of transportation and a fun way to experience the back roads of Georgia. A motorcycle accident frequently means permanent injuries and lifelong medical treatment.

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing motorcycle riders who are injured or killed in Georgia motorcycle accidents for over 25 years. We have provided this article as an overview of common causes of motorcycle accidents, typical injuries and legal issues involved in motorcycle accident cases.

Treatment of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident is typically very expensive because the injuries are more severe and involve extensive rehabilitation and long periods of medical treatment. Fifty percent of all motorcycle accident victims have some sort of life-threatening injury with 28 percent of all motorcycle accident victims suffering serious head or spinal injuries including paraplegia and quadriplegia. These types of serious injuries can mean permanent disability as well as significant medical expenses, ongoing intensive rehabilitation and disfigurement.

One of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents is the failure of other drivers to notice motorcyclists in heavy traffic or at night. Almost 70 percent of motorcycle accidents result from these factors. Some of the other factors that may contribute to serious motorcycle accidents are bad road conditions, speed problems, car drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and undivided roadways. Poor road conditions like potholes, debris, and uneven pavement also frequently contribute to motorcycle accidents. Bad weather can also be a factor though it is less common.

In order to protect the legal rights of someone injured in an accident, complicated legal issues must be considered and properly addressed, including compliance with a potentially large number of time deadlines and careful dealings with insurance companies. It is important to remember that insurance adjusters work for the insurance companies and not for the victims of motorcycle accidents. The insurance company's goal is to give the victim as little money as possible. There can be many different sources of possible recovery for motorcycle accident victims, and all must be properly identified to obtain complete compensation. Examples of such sources of recovery include auto liability insurance, resident relative insurance, medical payment coverage on auto policies, umbrella coverage, health insurance and disability insurance. If the responsible party was uninsured or underinsured, our experienced motorcycle attorneys can help you pursue a claim against your own uninsured motorist insurance coverage.

The experienced motorcycle attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have been representing those seriously injured in Georgia motorcycle accidents for over a quarter of a century. We will carefully evaluate all potential sources of recovery and possible responsible parties so that you receive the full compensation to which you are entitled. Our Georgia motorcycle accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout ALL of Georgia, 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. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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