Palmetto Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Whether it is for daily transportation or weekend recreation, motorcycles are quite common in Palmetto. With increasing gas prices coupled with the struggling economy, the popularity of motorcycles is rapidly increasing due to more favorable gas mileage, cheaper maintenance costs, and lower insurance premiums. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are currently over 8 million registered motorcycles in the United States that account for approximately 3-percent of all registered vehicles in the US. However, because motorcycles provide significantly less protection as compared to other motor vehicles, motorcyclists accounted for 14-percent of total traffic fatalities, 16-percent of all occupant fatalities, and 4-percent of all occupants injured. This translates into over 4,500 fatalities and more than 82,000 injuries.
If you are involved in a motorcycle collision, it is imperative to have an experienced legal team behind you, such as the Palmetto motorcycle accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates who have been providing competent and effective legal representation to motorcycle accident victims in Palmetto since 1984. Our law firm specializes in motorcycle accidents, and we understand the unique risks and challenges facing motorcyclists, such as poorly maintained and designed roadways or inattentive and drunk drivers. In addition, our reputation for being effective and experienced advocates is well recognized amongst insurance companies who often agree to favorable settlements before trial based on our proven track record.
The risk of being seriously injured in a Palmetto motorcycle accident is particularly high due to the number of unique features and inherent risks of riding a motorcycle. In fact, according to a NHTSA report, a person riding a motorcycle is as much as 20 times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident when compared to a driver of another motor vehicle and 30 times more likely to die in such accidents. These troubling statistics are a reflection of the fact that motorcycles typically lack both the crashworthiness and occupant protection features of other vehicles. This is because occupants in passenger cars are obviously much safer when encased in heavy steel cars. Features, such as seatbelts, airbags, and side collision cushions, as well as roofs, door beams, and crunch zones are also not available when riding a motorcycle which make them much less safe than cars, SUVs, and trucks. What would be a small, insignificant collision for another motor vehicle might result in a catastrophic accident for a motorcyclist. Moreover, if a motorcyclist is forced to employ sudden evasive tactics to avoid a collision, there is a significant risk of tipping the motorcycle.
Understandably, helmets can make a huge difference in a serious motorcycle crash, which is why Georgia law requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle. However, many states have partially or completely repealed their mandatory motorcycle helmet laws. Since states started repealing universal helmet laws, one study revealed that motorcycle accident fatalities have more than doubled. Another report found that more than 40 percent of riders who are killed in motorcycle accidents are not wearing a helmet when they are involved in a collision. This is significant because helmets today have become more advanced and safer, so they are highly effective at reducing the risk of serious head injuries, which could cause death or permanent brain damage in addition to facial injuries. Traumatic brain injuries cause impaired mental functioning, which seriously impairs a victim’s quality of life while inhibiting a crash victim’s ability to care for oneself and maintain employment. All too often motorcycle victims that suffer head injuries lose their lives, mental faculties, and even lapse into a coma or a permanent vegetative state.
Motorcycle accidents may have multiple causes and responsible parties. Some of the parties that may be liable for a motorcycle collision include the following:
- Reckless, intoxicated, or negligent drivers
- Manufacturers, wholesalers, and dealers who made or sold the motorcycle or its components, which happen to be defective
- Public entities such as the federal, state, county, or municipality who have negligently designed or maintained the roadway that contributed to or even caused your accident
- Mechanics or repair shops that negligently or inadequately repair your motorcycle
- The employer of an employee who is carrying out work-related functions when he or she causes your injury
- The actual owner of the motor vehicle that caused your injury
- A passenger who contributes or even causes the accident by distracting a driver
There are certain things you should do if you are injured in a Palmetto motorcycle accident. First, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical treatment for all of your injuries. If you fail to report all of your symptoms to a medical professional, you may leave yourself subject to attacks by the opposing party or insurance carrier arguing that you are now exaggerating or feigning your injuries for a larger legal recovery. Second, you should make sure you document all of your damage to your motorcycle with pictures and bills. Third, you also should keep a daily diary of your injuries, documenting your hardships and tribulations. Finally, motorcycle accident victims should promptly seek legal advice. If you delay seeking legal advice, it may be much more difficult to obtain legal compensation because of faded witness memories and the statute of limitations that may completely bar your recovery.
If you are injured in a Palmetto motorcycle accident or a loved one dies, please contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for lost earnings, medical expenses, pain and suffering, rehabilitative expenses, diminished earning capacity, loss of consortium (loss of support and services from a spouse), motorcycle replacement and/or repair costs, and in a wrongful death lawsuit, burial and funeral costs. Please call our Palmetto motorcycle accident attorneys to schedule a free consultation for us to evaluate your motorcycle accident claim and assess all of the compensation you may be entitled to obtain. 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.