Hall County Georgia Motorcyclist Killed in Head-on Collision with Pickup Truck


January 04, 2011

A man was killed on Friday when he was involved in a head-on collision with a pickup truck in south Hall County. According to preliminary reports, the motorcycle rider was hit and killed by the driver of a pickup when the driver attempted to make a left turn. Although complete details on the fatal Georgia motorcycle accident are still unclear, criminal charges are pending against the driver of the pickup truck. A motorcycle accident typically results in catastrophic injuries or wrongful death because without seatbelts, airbags, or the reinforced steel enclosure of protection that a car provides, motorcyclists are almost always injured in accidents.

The unique vulnerability of motorcyclists means that in the virtually inevitable event of a motorcycle accident at some point during one's motorcycle excursions life-altering injuries resulting in permanent disability and even fatalities commonly occur. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been fighting hard to protect the rights of riders injured in Georgia motorcycle accidents for over a quarter of a century.

While motorcyclists obviously face the same dangers posed to all users of Georgia roadways including drunk drivers, distracted drivers, aggressive drivers, speeding or reckless drivers, defectively designed or maintained roadways and more, objects and obstacles that pose no risk to other motor vehicles can pose a deadly danger to motorcyclists. Some of these unique threats of serious Georgia motorcycle accidents include the following:

• Slippery Roadways: Substances in the roadway such as oil, water and ice, amongst other forms of debris, can make the roadway slick and pose an extremely high risk to motorcyclists. If a motorcyclist hits such a slick surface, it is very easy to lose control of one's bike and recovery from the loss of control can be virtually impossible.

• Manhole Covers: A driver of a passenger vehicle, SUV or pickup truck will not be affected and is unlikely to even notice a manhole cover. However, the uneven surface of a manhole cover, especially if combined with debris or slippery residue on the manhole cover can be fatal for a motorcyclist.

• Potholes or Uneven Asphalt: Small potholes in the road are unlikely to affect vehicles other than motorcycles. However, the lack of stability of a motorcycle makes even relatively minor potholes a fairly serious risk and major potholes a potential life-threatening risk.

• Train Tracks: Again the lack of stability of motorcycles with only two wheels makes this benign obstacle a dangerous road hazard for motorcycle riders.

• Water Puddles: While water in the roadway can always make the roadway slick, small puddles only pose serious risks to motorcycles.

When a motorcycle accident occurs, the injuries that result are often catastrophic including the following:

• Slipped disc or other serious back injuries

• Facial and head injuries including a fractured skull or facial disfigurement

• Spinal cord injuries which can result in paraplegia, quadriplegia or other permanent loss of bodily functions or sensation

• Traumatic brain injuries which can result in permanent loss of mental or physical abilities

• Fractured or broken bones including broken arms, legs and ribs, hands, knees and feet

• Loss of limbs

These types of injuries can mean lifelong disability and extensive and costly rehabilitative therapy. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing riders throughout Georgia who are seriously injured or killed in motorcycle accidents for over 25 years. Our Georgia motorcycle accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, 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, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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