Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Drivers of any type of motor vehicle should show respect for the size and weight of motor vehicles and the potential for severe injury in a collision. However, the risk posed to those who use motorcycles to navigate the streets and highways of the Atlanta area is much more significant. Motorcyclists in Atlanta and the surrounding area must cope with the limited handling of motorcycles and their almost complete lack of safety features. The danger posed to those who ride motorcycles is so significant and unique that Georgia has chosen to be one of the leading states in implementing motorcycle only checkpoints. The state received $70,000 in federal funds during 2011 to conduct safety checkpoints limited to motorcycles.
While there is controversy about the practice of operating checkpoints that only require motorcyclists to stop, the justification for these safety checkpoints is based on the unique dangers that face motorcyclists. When traveling via motorcycle throughout Atlanta, a motorcyclist has virtually no protection against careless drivers who cut off motorcyclists, fail to check for motorcycles in their blind spots or generally do not respect the right of motorcyclists to share the road equally with passenger vehicles. Motorcycle only checkpoints are designed to check for the following safety issues:
- Valid motorcycle drivers’ license
- Compliance with mandatory helmet law
- Appropriate vehicle maintenance
Understanding the Causes of Serious Injury and Wrongful Death in Atlanta Motorcycle Accidents
While many motorcyclists view these checkpoints as unjustifiably intrusive, there is no denying that motorcyclists are often involved in more severe accidents than drivers of passenger vehicles. More than 4,500 people die in motorcycle accidents in the U.S. annually, and in excess of 80,000 more motorcyclists suffer injury. Motorcyclists are also 27 times more likely to die in a collision than the occupant of a passenger vehicle. Although motorcycles provide minimal protection in a collision, Atlanta motorcycle riders that comply with the state’s mandatory helmet law can reduce their risk of suffering life-altering head, neck and brain injuries. Motorcycle helmets have been shown to be 37 percent effective in preventing fatalities among those operating motorcycles and 41 percent effective in preventing motorcycle passenger fatalities.
The legal basis for pursuing an Atlanta motorcycle accident claim is typically based on the legal concept of negligence. This is a legal term of art that essentially refers to unreasonably unsafe conduct that causes foreseeable injury to others. Atlanta motorcycle accidents may be caused by unsafe drivers, dangerous roadways and defective motorcycles. If you are injured while riding as a passenger on a motorcycle you also may be able to seek compensation from a negligent motorcycle operator. Some of the most common types of unsafe conduct that causes Atlanta motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Motorists who fail to see motorcyclists when turning left at an intersection
- Cutting of a motorcyclists or moving into the riders space in the adjacent lane without checking blind spots
- Drivers of passenger vehicles impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Potholes or other road maintenance hazards
- Motorists that fail to obey stop signs, traffic signals or yield signs
- Hostility of drivers toward motorcyclists
- Wet or icy roads
- Motorcycle tire flats or blowouts
- Rider inexperience particularly over-reliance on the rear brake
- Distracted drivers that fail to observe smaller motorcycles
Despite the increased popularity of motorcycles among all segments of society, there are still those who harbor negative attitudes toward “bikers.” This can sometimes result in witnesses that distort the facts against motorcycle enthusiasts which may in turn lead to law enforcement accident reports that are unfair skewed against the rider. Our experienced Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been successfully representing motorcycle accident victims for almost three decades so we are capable of taking a fresh look at the facts and conducting our own independent investigation of a motorcycle accident in Atlanta.
Scope of Monetary Recovery for Serious Atlanta Motorcycle Collisions
Motorcyclists do not expect to be involved in a motorcycle accident when cruising down the streets of Atlanta, but when it happens you will need money to pay for medical bills, surgeries and physical rehabilitation. Many motorcycle accidents result in injuries that prevent one from being able to return to work immediately. An Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer at Montlick and Associates may be able to assist you in seeking compensation for injuries ranging from relatively minor to extremely serious injuries including:
- Road rash
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Head and neck injuries
- Damage to the spinal cord which may cause partial or total paralysis
- Broken bones including arms, legs, collarbones and ribs
- Brain injury resulting in impaired cognitive skills
- Loss of limbs including limbs that must be amputated because of infection
- Trauma to internal organs
- Wrongful death
When you suffer serious injuries in an Atlanta motorcycle accident, you may not only need compensation for medical expenses but also money to fix your bike and cover lost income or diminished future earning potential if you are permanently disabled. Our Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys also may be able to pursue damages for intangible forms of loss including pain and suffering, mental anguish, punitive damages, loss of companionship or services of a spouse and/or other damages depending on the specific facts of your case. Our experienced Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys are committed to pursuing the best possible outcome for our clients. We encourage you to schedule a free consultation because there is absolutely no obligation for us to evaluate your Atlanta motorcycle accident claim. 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.