Irondale Personal Injury Attorneys


Our Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates would like to welcome you to our legal blog. The blog is designed to provide helpful information to injury victims about their legal rights and remedies, and to promote family safety so that accidents can be prevented before they happen. While our attorneys and staff have provided information on many topics, we know that you may have specific questions based on your unique situation. We invite you to contact us for your free consultation with one of our Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers so that we can evaluate your case, let you know about your legal rights and the steps that need to be taken to protect those rights, and to address your specific concerns and questions.

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). Or use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


Irondale Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

At Montlick and Associates, our Irondale motorcycle accident attorneys recognize that when the rider of a motorcycle collides with a passenger vehicle there is little doubt about who will experience the worst of that exchange. Despite the increasing popularity of motorcycles with people of all walks of life, there has been little improvement in motorcycle safety. The aspect of riding a motorcycle that is particularly problematic is that even if a skilled and experienced rider does everything perfectly, there is no way to prevent many collisions involving drivers of passenger vehicles who are too busy reading a text message or who are intoxicated behind the wheel. At Montlick and Associates, we recognize the inherent vulnerability of motorcyclists to drivers who through indifference or carelessness place motorcyclists at risk of being involved in a serious collision.

The inherent disadvantages of motorcycles affect the probability that riders will be involved in a motorcycle collision as well as the permanence of injuries from a motorcycle accident. Motorcycles cannot as easily engage in sharp changes in direction or sudden braking because they are prone to tipping when engaging in this type of extreme accident avoidance maneuver. Motorcycles also offer no protective body or safety devices like seat belts and air bags that function to keep occupants of passenger vehicles inside the protective shell of the vehicle during a collision. This lack of protection often results in life-threatening head injuries, particularly when riders do not wear motorcycle helmets.

While the overall motor vehicle accident fatality rate has been declining in recent years, the news is less positive for motorcyclists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcyclists are 25 times more likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident than drivers of passenger vehicles. While there is a substantial risk of suffering fatal injuries in a motorcycle collision, the most typical cause of fatalities in motorcycle crashes are head injuries. While all riders are required to wear a motorcycle helmet under Georgia law, some riders decide to disregard this safety requirement. Unfortunately, this can be a tragic mistake as NHTSA data reveals that motorcyclists are forty percent more likely to die of a fatal head injury when not wearing a motorcycle helmet than when they are wearing a helmet.

The Lurking Danger of Unsafe Drivers Can Mean Fatal Irondale Motorcycle Accidents

Although some drivers do not pay close attention to motorcyclists or respect the rights of riders to equally share the road, motorcyclists are entitled to the same caution and safe driving practices owed to other passenger vehicle occupants. Because a motorcyclist cannot safely stop his or her vehicle as readily as a car, truck or SUV, certain unsafe driving practices are especially dangerous for motorcyclists. When a driver makes a lane change without looking, passes another vehicle on a blind curve, or drifts into an adjacent lane when texting on a cell phone, the consequences can be tragic for occupants of the other vehicle.

The driver of a passenger car, tractor-trailer or other motor vehicle owes a duty of reasonable care to avoid causing an Irondale motorcycle accident. The process of proving fault in a motorcycle accident involves analyzing law enforcement accident reports, examining vehicle damage, interviewing witnesses to the collision, and assembling other relevant evidence. There are some motorcycle accidents in Irondale that involve causal factors beyond negligent motorists, such as unsafe streets and highways or defective motorcycles. When a motorcycle accident involves a defect in the roadway or motorcycle, other defendants, such as a public entity or motorcycle manufacturer may share culpability for a motorcycle crash victim’s injuries.

While there are many causes of motorcycle accidents that may give rise to civil liability in the form of a personal injury settlement or judgment, some common factors include:

  • Failing to look when making a lane change
  • Paying attention to a cell phone or other electronic device when driving
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Excessive speed, particularly when visibility or road traction is impaired by adverse weather
  • Multi-tasking while driving (e.g. drinking, eating, applying makeup, reading, adjusting the radio)
  • Roadways that promote water pooling
  • Defective steering systems that result in front end wobble
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Roadway defects like potholes or drop-offs
  • Drivers that crowd motorcyclists

Anyone that rides on a regular basis is well aware that this is anything but an exhaustive list of dangerous hazards and unsafe driving practices that expose motorcyclists to the risk of an Irondale motorcycle accident. The bottom line is that negligent drivers who do not exhibit enough alertness and courtesy to comply with Georgia traffic laws and safe driving habits pose an extremely high risk to motorcyclists.

Compensation for Serious Injuries in Irondale Motorcycle Accidents

When you suffer significant injuries in an Irondale motorcycle accident, you may suffer permanent injuries such as paralysis, impaired cognitive function, loss of sensation and other life-altering consequences. Injuries like broken bones, fractures, spinal injuries, head injuries, road rash and loss of limbs are far more common in motorcycle accidents because of the lack of protective barrier surrounding a rider. If you suffer these or other serious motorcycle collision injuries, our experienced Irondale motorcycle accident attorneys may be able to seek a broad range of damages both for your economic or pecuniary losses and for less tangible losses. Depending on the precise circumstances of your Irondale motorcycle crash, we may be able to seek some or all of the following types of damages:

  • Compensation for diminished earnings and lost wages
  • Virtually all costs of rehabilitative or medical care
  • Property damage including vehicle repair or replacement costs
  • Costs related to burial or funeral expenses
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Diminished enjoyment of life experiences
  • Punitive damages

Be aware of your legal rights! If you have been injured on the streets or highways of Irondale because of the failure of a driver to engage in prudent driving practices, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Call now for a FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Irondale motorcycle accident attorneys. Our Irondale motorcycle accident attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for a FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website, www.montlick.com, to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.

GA Personal Injury Attorney

Each GA personal injury attorney at Montlick and Associates have been providing passionate advocacy and effective legal representation in personal injury settlement negotiations and litigation for those who are injured by the irresponsible or intentional misconduct of others. We understand that it is never easy to be the victim of a serious accident, but the emotional hardship of dealing with severe injuries is even more stressful when they are the result of the careless, indifferent or criminal actions of a third party. We have provided sound legal advice and aggressive representation to thousands of injury victims in Atlanta and throughout Georgia since our law firm was established in 1984.

Because construction accidents, motor vehicle collision claims, slip and fall accidents, hospital errors, workplace accidents and other types of accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, the sooner you seek legal counsel and representation from an Atlanta personal injury attorney, the better the chance you will not compromise your case. There are many types of mistakes that can undermine a viable personal injury claim. These potential pitfalls include damaging statements, statute of limitations, failure to obtain prompt medical treatment, tort claims acts procedures or deadlines, loss of evidence and more. Each experienced GA personal injury attorney from our firm understands the important timing requirements, factual investigations, substantive legal requirements and communications with insurance companies that must be handled to effectively pursue your personal injury claim. Because of our long prolific history of obtaining financial compensation for those who suffer serious injury or wrongful death in Atlanta, we have the resources, expertise and experience to successfully represent clients in the full range of personal injury cases including:

Atlanta Car, Truck & Motorcycle Accidents: While there are many factors that may be involved in causing a collision between motor vehicles, certain types of factors are on the rise including distracted and drowsy driving. The availability of a growing number of electronic devices like cell phones, iPads, MP3 players and more have caused a spike in car accidents directly related to distracted driving. Because many people are being forced to work longer hours and negotiate heavy traffic, lack of sleep is also on the rise as a cause of serious car accidents resulting in major injuries and tragic loss of life. Although motor vehicle accidents in Atlanta and the rest of Georgia are increasingly linked to these factors, it does not mean that the risk of being involved in a collision with a drunk driver or speeding driver has improved. Our experienced Atlanta auto accident attorneys represent clients in the full range of motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents.

Atlanta Dog Bites (Dog Maulings – Dog Attacks): Georgia law places the responsibility for most dog bite and dog attack incidents on the homeowner who chooses to purchase a dog as a pet. While a dog attack victim may have their legal claim compromised if they engage in conduct that antagonizes a dog, most dog bite victims are in no position to prevent a dog attack. Dog attacks are hardly a rare occurrence as evidenced by the fact that they constitute the leading injury-related claim against homeowners' insurance policies. If the homeowner has observed behavior or been told of behavior by his or her dog that should have put the homeowner on notice that his dog was capable of viciousness, the homeowner may be liable for injuries regardless of fault. Further, a homeowner may also be liable based on negligence or violation of law. Our experienced Atlanta dog bite lawyers at Montlick and Associates are committed to holding dog owners financially responsible when they fail to protect innocent victims from dangerous animals.

Atlanta Wrongful Deaths: There are few life experiences more painful than the death of a close family member. The pain and grief associated with the death of a loved one is all the more profound when the cause is intentional or negligent misconduct by a third party. Wrongful death cases pose an intense financial burden on families while they are trying to emotionally cope with the loss of their loved one. The Georgia wrongful death statute permits parents, spouses and children to seek financial compensation for their loss of inheritance and other losses resulting from the death of a loved one. The estate of the wrongful death victim may also seek damages for lost income, pain and suffering prior to death, medical expenses and other costs born by the estate of the decedent. We understand the devastating emotional toll of losing a loved one because of a negligent doctor in a hospital or a negligent driver on the freeway so we diligently take care of insurance and legal issues so that our clients can focus on recovering from their painful loss.

Atlanta Workers' Compensation Claims: Although the workers' compensation system in Georgia provides a remedy for workers that are injured or suffer an occupational illness, there are procedural requirements and deadlines that must be met to avoid damaging your claim. Further, the interests of your employer’s workers' compensation insurance provider are in direct conflict with your need to maximize the benefits you receive. Whether you are injured in a manufacturing accident, construction accident, agricultural accident or suffer from mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure, our experienced Atlanta workers' compensation attorneys can represent you and navigate these procedural and timing requirements while protecting you from unethical tactics by your employer’s workers' compensation provider. We can also explore the possibility of more extensive compensation by pursuing a personal injury action against a third party to supplement the benefits you receive in your workers' compensation claim.

Atlanta Premises Liability Claims (Slip and Falls): When you are attacked by a dog or fall on a wet floor while on the premises of another, there are many factors that play a role in determining your right to financial recovery for your injuries. Some of these factors include the following:

  • Residential, commercial or public property
  • Purpose of the visit (business or social visit)
  • Nature of the hazard (manmade or natural occurring)
  • Environmental factors like lighting
  • Steps taken to remedy or warn of hazards
  • “Open and obvious” nature of the hazard
  • Child or adult visitor

While these are only a few of the considerations that must be analyzed when determining whether you have the basis for a premises liability claim, they make it clear that a factual investigation is important in premises liability cases. Our experienced Atlanta personal injury attorneys have a wealth of experience representing clients injured in accidents on the premises of others.

Atlanta Dangerous and Defective Products: Defective product cases can be among the most difficult of personal injury claims so many personal injury law firms lack the financial resources and expertise to represent clients injured by unsafe products. Product liability litigation often involves taking on large corporations with enormous financial resources and a stable of attorneys and experts. Because we have been challenging large corporations whose products cause injury to unsuspecting consumers for close to three decades, we have the skill, expertise and experience to go toe to toe with big corporations with deep pockets. We are committed to holding companies that create and sell products responsible for the injuries their products cause to their patrons.

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers are committed to representing personal injury and wrongful death victims in obtaining compensation to rebuild their lives and support their families. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Atlanta personal injury attorneys. Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for your FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.montlick.com to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.


Please Note:
Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.