Though all motor vehicles pose a risk to operators, the danger is heightened for Alpharetta area motorcyclists. In addition to the general lack of safety features and limited handling capabilities of motorcycles, Alpharetta’s congested traffic patterns and hazardous highways amplify the risk of potentially fatal motorcycle accidents. In recognizing this danger, Georgia has become one of the leading states in implementing motorcycle-only police safety checkpoints.
While many debate the legality of motorcycle-only checkpoints, advocates justify these law enforcement tools based on the high rate of motorcycle accidents and disproportionate fatality rate. Alpharetta motorcyclists must exercise vigilance to avoid careless drivers who cut off motorcyclists, fail to check for motorcycles in their blind spots, and fail to share the road equally with motorcycles. Georgia’s motorcycle-only checkpoints are designed to ensure minimum safety standards by verifying the following:
- The motorcycle operator holds a valid motorcycle drivers’ license
- Compliance with mandatory helmet law
- Appropriate vehicle maintenance
Understanding the Causes of Serious Injury and Wrongful Death in Alpharetta Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists are more often involved in severe accidents than drivers of passenger vehicles. Motorcycle accidents in the United States injure 80,000 and claim 4,500 lives annually. Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a collision than the occupant of a passenger vehicle. Motorcycle riders who comply with Georgia’s mandatory helmet law can reduce their risk of death or serious injury in a motorcycle collision.
Negligent drivers, dangerous roadways, or defective motorcycles may cause motorcycle accidents. When pursuing an Alpharetta motorcycle accident claim, the typical basis for a cause of action is negligence on the part of the other driver, government entity or manufacturer. Negligence is essentially defined in legal terms as unreasonably unsafe conduct that causes foreseeable injury to others. This standard of negligence also applies to motorcycle operators who cause injury to their passengers. Alpharetta motorcycle accidents are commonly caused by the following factors:
- Motorists that fail to obey stop signs, traffic signals or yield signs
- Hostility of drivers toward motorcyclists
- Distracted drivers that fail to observe smaller motorcycles
- Motorists who fail to see motorcyclists when turning left at an intersection
- Rider inexperience – particularly over-reliance on the rear brake
- Cutting off motorcyclists or moving into rider space in the adjacent lane
- Drivers of passenger vehicles impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Potholes or other road maintenance hazards
- Motorcycle tire flats or blowouts
- Wet or icy road conditions
Despite the recent trendy nature of motorcycles among all segments of society, a negative connotation endures toward “bikers.” This bias sometimes results in eyewitnesses distorting the facts against motorcyclists. This can permeate law enforcement accident reports that are unfairly slanted against the rider. Our Alpharetta motorcycle accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates conduct their own investigation into the motorcycle crashes of our clients. We have successfully represented motorcycle accident victims for almost three decades – we know what it takes to win.
Scope of Monetary Recovery for Serious Alpharetta Motorcycle Collisions
When one is involved in a motorcycle accident, the victim will need funds to pay for medical care and supplement their income lost as a result of the accident. An Alpharetta motorcycle accident lawyer at Montlick and Associates may be able to assist you in obtaining compensation for many types of injuries including:
- Brain injury resulting in impaired cognitive skills
- Broken bones including arms, legs, collarbones and ribs
- Head and neck injuries
- Road rash
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Trauma to internal organs
- Loss of limbs including limbs that must be amputated because of infection
- Damage to the spinal cord which may cause partial or total paralysis
- Wrongful death
When you suffer injuries in an Alpharetta motorcycle accident, you may not only need compensation for medical expenses but also funds to repair your bike and cover lost income or diminished future earning potential if you are temporarily or permanently disabled. Our Alpharetta motorcycle accident attorneys may also help you obtain damages for intangible forms of loss including pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of companionship or services of a spouse, punitive damages, and/or other damages depending on the specific facts of your case.
Our experienced Alpharetta motorcycle accident attorneys are committed to pursuing the best possible outcome for our clients. Schedule a free consultation. No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away. If you are unable to come to our offices, we may be able to make alternative meeting arrangements; we’ll 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.