Speed and Inexperience Common Factors in DeKalb County Motorcycle Accidents


April 10, 2014

The factors of speed and inexperience often create a potentially deadly combination of risk factors for motorcyclists attempting to navigate the streets and highways of DeKalb County. When motorcyclists lack sufficient experience or ride a motorcycle that is beyond their ability, they are especially vulnerable to drivers who are not paying attention to the road or who fail to obey right of way rules and other traffic safety laws. The motorcycles that are manufactured today have the capacity to travel at extremely high rates of speed but should not be driven at those speeds except perhaps by a professional motorcycle rider on a racetrack. When a negligent driver of a car, truck or SUV is added to the mix, the results can be devastating.

Speeding is a major factor in most DeKalb County motorcycle crashes. Speeding increases the likelihood that a rider will be unable to brake in time to avoid a collision or maneuver away from danger. Motorcycle riders always have the option of observing the speed limit so speed-related motorcycle accidents typically are preventable.

Another major cause of motorcycle accidents is inexperience on the part of the rider of the bike. Motorcycles not only are capable of much more dangerous speeds than automobiles, but they also require a unique skill set. This skill set develops over time and involves actual riding and practicing. Unfortunately, many new riders have an overabundance of confidence which combined with youth and inexperience can result in a rider trying maneuvers that they are not capable of handling. Some of the motorcycle and other motor vehicle driving practices that result in DeKalb County motorcycle accidents include the following:

  • Driving in an unsafe manner by speeding
  • Driving outside of the rider's skill level
  • Driving while distracted
  • Failing to yield at proper signals
  • Driving in an aggressive or reckless manner
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Many motorcycle accidents also are caused by the negligent or reckless driving practices of other motorists. Negligent driving generally involves the failure to exercise reasonable caution and prudence for the safety of other motorists. If you are injured in an accident involving a motorcycle and the accident was caused by an unsafe driver of a passenger vehicle, then you may have a right to financial recovery for your injuries even if your own inexperience played some role in the crash.

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Motorcycle riders must be especially vigilant on DeKalb County roadways because they are far more vulnerable to suffering catastrophic injury or wrongful death when involved in a crash than their fellow motorists. The absence of the protection afforded by the passenger compartment in a car, the small size of a motorcycle, and lack of stability of a motorcycle make riding far riskier than driving a car. Montlick and Associates has been representing those who suffer devastating injuries in DeKalb County motorcycle accidents for over thirty years throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited 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: Personal Injury

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