Canton, Georgia Motorcycle Accident Highlights Dangers
The southbound lanes of I-575 at Cumming Highway in Canton were closed following a serious motorcycle accident that killed one and injured another last week. This accident serves as a reminder of the dangers one faces when riding a motorcycle. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we understand how difficult it can be when you or someone you love is involved in a motorcycle accident. Motorcycles have features that place riders at a higher risk of being involved in an accident and suffering catastrophic injuries including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, internal organ injuries, amputation, paralysis and even death. Our compassionate attorneys and staff have been helping those in the greater Atlanta area and throughout the state of Georgia rebuild their lives after such tragedies for over 25 years.
The seriousness of the risk posed to a motorcycle enthusiast cannot be overstated as the statistics below make clear:
Motorcycle Injuries Nationwide 2008: 49,000
Motorcycle Death Nationwide 2008: 2,284
Motorcycle Deaths Georgia 2008: 177
Motorcycle Injuries Georgia 2008: 5,051
As grim as these statistics may appear, the picture may be even worse for those who ride motorcycles in the Atlanta area. The number of motorcycle fatalities in the state has risen 59% since 2004. Even more telling, 29 percent of all motorcycle fatalities from 2004-2008 occurred in Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, DeKalb, and Chatham counties.
Although these statistics make clear why it is very important to wear protective gear, such as a helmet, many riders are still seriously injured or killed in motorcycle collisions. The injuries suffered while riding a motorcycle are often severe and even life threatening, requiring long-term medical care as well as physical and rehabilitative therapy. The stress of handling these medical expenses can be enormous, but the attorneys and staff at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law will work closely with you to seek compensation for all of your current and future medical treatment and therapy.
The features of a motorcycle create dangers that are unlike those posed by other motor vehicles on the road. Motorcycles do not possess the crash worthiness and occupant protection features of an automobile. An automobile is safer in a collision because it has far more weight and bulk. Automobiles also have additional safety equipment and features that protect the occupant including door beams, a roof, airbags, and seat belts. The lack of a four tire, broad wheel base or bulk also makes motorcycles less stable and less visible.
Most motorcycle riders are careful, well trained and experienced drivers, but we know that the drivers of larger vehicles don't always see the motorcycle, or don't understand differences in handling characteristics. Anyone who has been seriously injured in a Georgia motorcycle accident needs an experienced Georgia motorcycle accident attorney who is familiar with the unique risks and potential issues faced in motorcycle accident litigation. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we understand that if you or someone you love is involved in a motorcycle accident it is a physically and emotionally trying time. We will fight hard to protect your rights, and will handle your case with the compassion and dignity that you should expect from a law firm.
We invite you to contact the law firm of Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law to discuss your motorcycle injury accident case today with no obligation. For your Free Consultation call 1--800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or email us at [email protected].