Fatal Motorcycle Accident Highlights Unique Dangers Facing Motorcyclists in Georgia


March 20, 2011

A fatal Columbus motorcycle accident that led to the death of a Sumter County sheriff's deputy brings into focus the unique dangers that face motorcyclists. The real danger faced by those who use a motorcycle to navigate the streets of Atlanta is that a rider can operate his or her motorcycle perfectly, and still be involved in a serious Georgia motorcycle accident because of the small margin of error for responding to the negligent or careless driving practices of other motorists. The Sumter County sheriff's deputy that was recently killed in a fatal motorcycle accident was cut off by a driver who moved into his lane.

It is very common for drivers who do not see a motorcyclist to move into the space in an adjacent lane that is already occupied by a motorcyclist or to cut the rider off. Motorcycles lack the stability to safely brake quickly or swerve suddenly and avoid such collisions. When a motorcycle is involved in an accident of this type at highway speeds, a resulting accident often involves catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Georgia motorcycle accident caused by another person's negligence, the Atlanta motorcycle lawyers of Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, will fight for your best interest. We have been representing those who suffer serious injuries in Atlanta and Georgia motorcycle accidents for over 27 years. We understand that a serious motorcycle accident may mean a loss of your ability to financially provide for your family, an inability to run and play outdoors with your children and months or even years of pain and rehabilitation. Our experienced Georgia personal injury lawyers strive to provide the highest quality legal representation as part of our ongoing goal to be the best personal injury law firm in Atlanta and throughout all of Georgia.

Unfortunately, motorcycles are inherently dangerous which makes it impossible to remove all risks associated with a potential Atlanta motorcycle accident. However, there are precautions that every rider can take to reduce the odds. Some basic safety practices that can help avoid a potentially fatal Georgia motorcycle accident include the following:

Be Alert: Always be aware of your surroundings. You should make sure that you are aware of the location of all other vehicles are in your vicinity because they may not see you. If you are fatigued or tired, it is imperative that you stay off the road. Given the small response time a motorcyclist has when confronted with a road hazard, a rider must be extremely alert.

Always Wear a Helmet: The use of a motorcycle helmet is often the critical difference between a motorcycle accident from which a rider will recover and permanent brain damage including loss of mobility, speech, sensation or mental functioning or even death. Head injuries are by far the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents.

Allow a Safe Following Distance: Because a motorcycle cannot be maneuvered as quickly or easily as a motor vehicle with four wheels, it is important to allow a safe following distance, which will give a motorcyclist more time to brake or employ other evasive maneuvers when confronted with a potentially dangerous road hazard. The more time that a rider has to respond the less drastic the adjustment needs to be, which increases the chances of keeping the motorcycle upright.

Make Yourself Easy to See: Whether you drive with your lights on or wear bright clothes that are easy to see, you should make yourself as visible as possible.

Keep Your Motorcycle Properly Maintained: You should routinely check your tires and perform regular maintenance on your motorcycle. It is always a bad idea to ride a motorcycle when you know it may have a potential maintenance problem.

While most of these suggestions are basic common sense safety practices, far too many motorcyclists suffer serious injuries or death because they do not routinely employ these practices. Despite the risks, many people like to skydive but that does not mean they should skydive without a parachute to increase the thrill. Similarly never ride a motorcycle without following these basic safety practices.

Even if a motorcyclist is extremely careful, an inattentive, careless or intoxicated driver may still involve the biker in a serious Georgia motorcycle accident. If you or a loved one suffers serious injury in a Georgia motorcycle accident, the experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers of Montlick and Associates will work in your best interests to help you get the compensation that you deserve.

Our experienced Georgia motorcycle accident lawyers are available to assist clients 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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