An Overview of Motorcycle Accident Claims in Georgia


March 10, 2017

There are over 200,000 registered motorcycles in Georgia, according to an online report. Each year, motorcyclists are involved in hundreds of accidents, many of which lead to serious injuries, and costly damages to property. The same things that many motorcycle riders love about the experience these vehicles offer - the freedom and exposure to the elements - are what create some of the heightened risks that motorcyclists face. Motorcyclists are less protected than drivers and passengers in cars, motorcyclists are smaller and less visible than cars when they are on the road, and riding a motorcycle requires more practice and skill than driving a car. Because of the limited protections motorcycles offer, the injuries suffered by motorcyclists are often more severe than those experienced by individuals traveling in cars.

When a person is involved in a motorcycle accident, questions arise as to who is at fault for the accident. Most of these cases involve negligence. A person is considered negligent if they act with less care than a reasonably prudent person would typically act in a similar situation. Some examples include speeding, swerving, reckless lane changes, failure to signal, running a stop sign, and others.

One question that often arises is, what happens if a motorcyclist was injured by a negligent driver of a car, but the injured motorcyclist was also in some way responsible for the action. It is often the case that an accident is not the fault of one person alone, but the result of several people's actions. How these cases impact an injured person's ability to collect compensation will depend on the state that the accident occurred in.

Some states have contributory negligence standards, which will not allow an injured party to collect compensation if they were even are found to bear even the smallest bit of responsibility for their own injuries, even if it is clear the other party was overwhelmingly more to blame. In Georgia, the approach is modified comparative negligence. In order to collect compensation for an injury suffered, the injured party must bear less than 50% of the blame for the injury.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by negligence, you should contact an attorney at Montlick & Associates to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect your rights.

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Sources: 

http://www.worldatlas.com/articles/who-rides-the-most-motorcycles-in-the-us.html

http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-51/chapter-12/article-2/51-12-33

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