The risk of severe injuries due to collisions should lead drivers of all motor vehicles to appreciate the force of impact caused by differences in the size and weight of motor vehicles. Nowhere is the risk of a collision greater than that faced by those who operate motorcycles on the roadways and highways of Marietta and surrounding areas. Motorcyclists in Marietta must manage the limited control, handling and nearly non-existent safety features that motorcycles possess. The dangers that motorcycle riders face on a daily basis are so substantial that Georgia has become a leading state in the implementation of “motorcycle only” checkpoints. In 2011, Georgia was allocated $70,000 in federal funding to conduct safety checkpoints applicable only to motorcycles.
Justification for these safety checkpoints, based on the dangerous risks that motorcyclists face, outweighs the controversy regarding the practice of implementing checkpoints requiring only motorcycles to stop. Motorcyclists traveling throughout Marietta have virtually zero protection against careless drivers who cut off motorcyclists, fail to check their blind spots for motorcyclists or do not generally respect the rights of motorcyclists to share the road with all other motor vehicles. Checkpoints applicable only to motorcycles are designed to inspect the following safety issues:
- Validity of motorcyclists’ licenses
- Abiding by state helmet laws
- Proper repair and maintenance of vehicles
The Unique Risk Posed by Marietta Motorcycle Collisions
Although many motorcyclists regard checkpoints as unjustifiably invasive, the fact remains that accidents involving motorcyclists are often more severe and life threatening than those involving drivers of passenger vehicles. Over 4,500 individuals die each year as a result of motorcycle accidents with 26 states seeing an increase in fatalities in 2011. With 80,000 more facing injury each year, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a collision than occupants in other motor vehicles.
Despite the minimal protection offered by motorcycles in a collision, Marietta motorcycle riders can significantly reduce life-altering head, neck, and brain injuries by complying with the mandatory state helmet law. Helmets have proven to be 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle operators’ fatalities and 41 percent effective in preventing passenger fatalities.
A legal action based on negligence is the most common claim for a Marietta motorcycle accident. Negligence is a legal term referring to unreasonable, unsafe conduct that causes foreseeable harm to others. The causes of Marietta motorcycle accidents may include unsafe drivers, dangerous roadways and defective motor vehicles. As an injured motorcycle rider, you may be entitled to seek compensation from a careless or inattentive driver or other negligent party. Common examples of unsafe conduct that frequently cause motorcycle accidents include:
- Inattentive drivers that do not notice smaller motorcycles
- Drivers hostile to motorcyclists
- Drivers of motor vehicles under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Drivers making unsafe turns
- Slick roadways from rain or snow
- Tire blowouts
- Motorists that fail to obey traffic signs or traffic signals
- Motorists that cut off motorcycles without check blind spots
- Potholes or other hazardous road conditions
Negative attitudes toward “bikers” remain high despite the increased popularity of motorcycles in our society. Likewise, police accident reports may be unfairly biased against riders due to witnesses slanting facts against motorcycle enthusiasts. Our experienced and reputable Marietta motorcycle accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been successfully representing victims of motorcycle crashes for nearly 30 years so we have the capability to freshly examine the facts and conduct our own independent examination of a motorcycle accident in Marietta.
Potential Damages Available in Marietta Motorcycle Crashes Caused by the Negligence of Others
While no one expects to be involved in a motorcycle accident while cruising down the streets of Marietta, you will need the money to pay for medical costs, surgeries, and physical rehabilitation. Many motorcycle accidents result in physical injuries that prevent an immediate return to work. A Marietta motorcycle accident attorney at Montlick and Associates may be able to help you obtain compensation for injuries whether they are relatively minor ones or serious and extreme injuries including:
- Broken and fractured bones including extremities, ribs, skulls and collarbones
- Injuries to the head, neck and spine
- Lacerations, scrapes or abrasions
- Amputation of extremities
- Road rash
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage resulting in quadriplegia or paraplegia
- Damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys and other vital organs
- Wrongful death
Not only may you need compensation for medical expenses when you suffer serious injuries in a Marietta motorcycle accident, but you may also need funds to repair your motorcycle and compensate for lost income or diminished future earnings if you are permanently disabled. Our experienced Marietta motorcycle accident attorneys may also be able to secure damages for other losses including impairment of your marital relationship, mental anguish, pain and suffering, punitive (exemplary) damages and/or other types of relevant damages depending on your case’s facts and circumstances.
Our commitment to our clients remains pursuing the greatest possible outcome. We strongly encourage you to schedule a free consultation because there is no obligation for us to examine your Marietta area motorcycle accident claim. Our lawyers are only a phone call away, and we will even come to you no matter your location. Call 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation or visit us online at www.montlick.com to use our 24-hour-Line Online Chat or to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.