Protecting the Most Vulnerable Motorists – Fulton County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
While riding a motorcycle can be an inexpensive and enjoyable way to commute in Fulton County, there are many hazards that face motorcyclists from careless drivers to poorly maintained road surfaces. It is impossible to eliminate the risk of collision-related injuries when traveling in any type of motor vehicle, but motorcyclists face the dual threat of an increased risk of being involved in a collision and more serious injuries when crashes occur. At Montlick and Associates, our experienced Fulton County motorcycle accident attorneys have been seeking justice and fair compensation for motorcycle accident victims since our law firm was founded in 1984.
In a recent twelve month period, motorcyclists constituted twelve percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities in Georgia. Motorcycle accident fatalities within the state also increased by nearly sixty percent during a recent four year period. This high percentage of motorcycle accident deaths is especially troubling because motorcycles constitute a small fraction of the total number of motor vehicles in Fulton County. Motorcycles are the most dangerous type of motor vehicle, which is reflected by the fact that motorcycle riders are 35 times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle collision than passenger vehicle occupants.
Head trauma constitutes the most serious form of serious injury experienced in motorcycle collisions in Fulton County. Helmet use reduces fatal head injuries in motorcycle crashes by 40 percent and non-fatal head injuries by 15 percent. While many motorcyclists in Georgia do not agree with mandatory helmet laws, studies show universal helmet laws significantly improve helmet use rates. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 12 percent of people do not wear helmets in states with universal helmet laws whereas 79 percent of riders do not use helmets in states without helmet laws.
Despite the increased exposure of motorcycle enthusiasts to injury, they are entitled to share the road with other drivers and benefit from the same rules and protections. Some drivers of cars, trucks or SUVs disregard motorcyclists based on the outdated negative stereotype of the “outlaw biker” resulting in devastating injuries to motorcyclists. Motorcycles are smaller so they are more likely to go unnoticed, and they can maneuver into positions that drivers of passenger vehicles may not expect. This means that a driver of a passenger vehicle that is distracted even briefly or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can easily hit a rider without even realizing the motorcyclist is in the vicinity.
When a motorcyclist confronts an unsafe driver, bike component malfunction or inadequately designed or preserved roadways, motorcyclists must cope with the limited stability of a two-wheeled vehicle. Because helmets provide the only form of protection to those involved in motorcycle accidents, these crashes can cause a multitude of severe injuries, such as:
- Vertebrae injuries of the neck or back
- Head injuries ranging from concussions to traumatic brain injuries
- Dismemberment of limbs
- Fractures and broken bones
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Severe road rash
These types of devastating injuries can have a significant impact on one’s quality of life that can last many months, years or even a lifetime. Some of the common factors that cause motorcycle crashes include:
- Driving while distracted
- Driving under the influence of illegal, prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Drunk driving
- Rush hour traffic collisions
- Road defects like potholes or poorly marked speed bumps
- Defects like those that cause blowouts or steering wobble
- Violation of traffic laws by speeding, tailgating, red light running or violating right-of-way
- Failure to check blind spots
- Unsafe construction zones
- Reckless driving
When a negligent party causes you to suffer injuries in a motorcycle crash in Fulton County, you may be entitled to a broad spectrum of damages including:
- Property damage including vehicle repair
- Medical care and rehabilitation costs
- Lost earnings and diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Burial/funeral expenses in wrongful death cases
- Punitive damages for gross negligence
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident in Fulton County, Montlick and Associates may be able to assist you. Call our Fulton County motorcycle accident attorneys today for your FREE CONSULTATION. Feel free to contact us 24/7, and we may even be able to pay you a visit if necessary. Call us anytime at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for your FREE CONSULTATION. Furthermore, you can visit us online at www.montlick.com to utilize our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or access our 24-hour live chat service.