Why Motorcycle Accidents Require Experienced Representation


March 03, 2017

Because motorcycle riders are often perceived as risk takers, when they are involved in an accident with an automobile, they can face many difficulties when trying to receive a fair settlement, especially when a jury is involved. Nearly five thousand people die in motorcycle accidents each year—a number which has increased every year throughout the past decade. Motorcycle riders are thirty-seven times more likely to die in a motorcycle accident than while driving a car, and nine times more likely to suffer serious injuries. While approximately sixty percent of all motorcycle riders do wear a helmet while riding their motorcycles, an estimated 1,100 motorcyclists each year would not have lost their life had they been wearing a helmet.

Primary Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles have much less overall mass than a passenger car, and also lack standard safety devices such as airbags, safety cages and roofs. Many drivers of cars and trucks either don't see a motorcycle rider, or simply don't afford them the respect they deserve. Car and truck drivers have been known to tailgate or cut off motorcycle riders in an attempt to bully them. Other automobile drivers may be suffering from inattention to the road due to cell phone use, fiddling with the radio or simply driving while distracted. Road hazards such as tree limbs, oil slicks or puddles as well as inclement weather can also contribute to an accident which leads to serious injuries.

Common Injuries Following a Motorcycle Accident

Motorcyclists can suffer loss of limbs, road rash which leads to severe scarring, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, vision, speech or hearing injuries, extreme pain, post-traumatic stress and a whole host of other, equally serious injuries. These injuries can take a very long time to heal, and in some cases will never heal completely.

Why You Need an Attorney Who Understands Motorcycle Accidents

Because a motorcycle rider has little in the way of protection, when he or she is involved in a collision with a vehicle, the motorcycle rider almost always suffers more serious injuries than the driver or passengers in the car. These injuries can lead to months or even years of recovery and rehabilitation, causing hospital and medical bills to rise to astronomical levels. 

If necessary to prove liability of a third party, an experienced personal injury law attorney will be able to have the scene of the accident thoroughly investigated and will work with experts who analyze the field of debris, and evaluate the marks left by the impact and subsequent skid. Photographs will be taken, evidence and reports gathered, medical documents examined, and witnesses contacted—all things which can lead to a successful settlement. The personal injury legal team, who has had considerable experience in helping motorcycle riders who have suffered accident injuries, will establish the precise location of the vehicle on the road and verify whether there were obstructions which may have obscured the motorcycle.

Because of the complicated legal process commonly involved in personal injury claim, an attorney at Montlick & Associates can be a powerful advocate against insurance companies attempting to deny or minimize your claim. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by negligence, call for your free consultation with one of our attorneys today.

Contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries resulting from any motorcycle or automobile accident, it is a good idea to consider how a Georgia Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney may be able to help you. All motorcycle accidents have the potential to cause significant harm in the form of physical and mental injuries. With more than thirty-three years of experience, Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law strives to provide superior legal representation to injured individuals and their loved ones from all over Georgia.

Whether you have suffered injuries or you would like to speak with a legal professional about an injured loved one, the Georgia Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorneys of Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law have the dedication, skill, and experience to provide you with the guidance you need. For your free consultation, contact our office today by calling (800) LAW-NEED (529-6333). You may also visit us online at www.montlick.com to complete a Free Case Evaluation Form, and you may also participate in a 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Sources:

http://www.iii.org/issue-update/motorcycle-crashes

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/809861

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