Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accidents in Georgia
Georgia's warm weather and miles of highway make it an ideal location for motorcycle enthusiasts. However, along with the rise in popularity of motorcycles comes a risk of harm to riders. Motorcycle accidents can lead to serious injuries and even death due to the lack of structural protection afforded riders, as compared to motor vehicle drivers and passengers. Each year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, over 4,000 motorcyclists are killed in accidents across the country. Further, the number of motorcycle deaths is 26 times the number of automobile accident fatalities.
Given the high rate of serious injury or death associated with motorcycle accidents, injured motorcyclists or family members of deceased motorcyclists will require the assistance of an experienced attorney to ensure they obtain the compensation they deserve from the party responsible for the crash. The following is a look at some frequently asked questions about motorcycle accidents in the state.
What are some common causes of motorcycle accidents in Georgia?
Motorcycle accidents are commonly caused by driver error. When the driver of a car fails to exercise reasonable care and causes injury to a motorcyclist, he or she can be held accountable. Common causes of negligent motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving—drivers who text and drive, talk on their cell phones, eat, drink, or perform other distracting behaviors can cause serious injuries. Distracted drivers pose a special risk to motorcyclists because motorcyclists are already less visible than other cars.
- Left hand turns into motorcyclists—passenger motor vehicles often make left hand turns into motorcycles as a result of inattention, failure to obey traffic signals, and more.
- Unsafe lane changes—if a driver switching lanes does not see a motorcyclist, serious accidents can result.
Are all motorcycle accidents caused by driver error?
Not all motorcycle accidents are caused by driver error. Other common causes include equipment failure, defective motorcycles, and unsafe roadways. When these factors lead to accidents, the manufacturer of the motorcycle or owner of the roadway can be held accountable.
What types of compensation are available to injured motorcyclists in Georgia?
Motorcycle accident victims can be eligible for a wide range of damages depending on the extent of their injuries. Common damages sought include:
- Hospital and emergency room bills
- Emergency transportation expenses
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Disability and impaired earning ability
- Loss of consortium
At times, it can also be possible to seek punitive damages if the other driver's conduct was reckless or egregious. Your attorney will assist you in evaluating what damages you may be eligible to receive.
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