Roswell Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
While it may be a matter of common sense that motorcycles offer less protection than standard automobiles, this has not detracted from their rising popularity as a means of recreation and transportation. With the lack of a structural enclosure and less stability in handling, a motorcycle can be dangerous to ride when sharing the roadway with other drivers who operate their vehicles in a careless fashion. Motorcyclists in the Roswell area understand that we have a congested highway system because infrastructure development has been unable to keep pace with our growing population. The increased risks our motorcyclists are exposed to in Roswell has resulted in law enforcement using extreme enforcement measures like motorcycle safety checkpoints. These checkpoints are primarily intended to confirm motorcyclists have current motorcycle licenses and that proper vehicle maintenance has been performed. However, they do nothing to take careless and otherwise negligent drivers of passenger vehicles off the roads. At Montlick and Associates, our experienced Roswell motorcycle accident attorneys understand the risk that motorcycle enthusiasts face because many of our motorcycle accident lawyers also ride.
Legal Basis for Roswell Motorcycle Accident Claims
In the United States, an average of 3,000 to 4,000 motorcyclists die in accidents each year. A major study in 2006 concluded that motorcyclists were 35 times more likely to be killed in an auto accident than a passenger vehicle driver or passenger. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 100,000 motorcyclists are injured per year. Motorcyclists are at a much greater risk of suffering serious injury or wrongful death. Given that a motorcycle offers little protection to its operator or passenger, it is easy to see why motorcyclists and their passengers are so prone to death and/or serious injury.
In order to pursue a legal action against a careless or aggressive driver, the relevant legal standard in most motorcycle accident cases is that of negligence. While the concept of negligence can be difficult to understand, it is basically defined as the failure to exercise the same care that a reasonable person would have exercised under a similar set of circumstances that causes foreseeable harm. There are many types of dangerous driving practices that motorists engage in that may cause a motorcycle collision resulting in severe injury including:
- Failing to check for motorcyclists while changing lanes (i.e., failure to check blind spots)
- Tailgating of motorcyclists
- Driving while drunk or otherwise impaired by drugs/alcohol
- Drivers who are distracted or on cell phones
- Failure of a municipality to fix road obstructions such as potholes or improper road surfaces
- Slick and icy roads
- Motorcycle passengers who suffer because of a motorcyclist’s inexperience
- Unlicensed drivers
Financial Compensation for Damages Suffered in a Roswell Motorcycle Collision
While no one ever expects to be involved in an accident when they set out on the road, realistically we know it can happen anywhere, at any time. Financial compensation may be available to those who are injured as the result of a motorcycle accident. Our Roswell motorcycle accident lawyers have been successfully representing our clients’ interests for nearly three decades. Our motorcycle crash attorneys have dealt with many different types of injuries, including:
- Neck and back injuries
- Bruises to the body and skin lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Trauma to the head and body
- Injuries to the brain resulting in impaired cognitive and memory functions
- Spinal cord damage
- Loss of extremities and amputated limbs
- Wrongful death
When you suffer as the victim in a motorcycle accident, it is critical that you understand your legal options and rights. Compensation may be available for all types of injuries and harm, including pain and suffering, lost wages due to being out of work, medical bills, physical therapy, impaired earning capacity, loss of consortium, impact on quality of life and many other types of damages. Our dedicated motorcycle accident attorneys in Roswell are available to help injury victims who have been seriously injured in a motorcycle collision. Our team understands the unique legal and factual issues involved in motorcycle accident claims and has effectively negotiated settlements or prevailed at trial for many seriously injured motorcyclists. Furthermore, our dedicated attorneys are compassionate enough to understand your needs and listen to your concerns. Please call us for a FREE CONSULTATION. Our 24-hour number is 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) and a member of our professional legal team may even be able to pay you a visit if necessary. Visit us online at www.montlick.com to use our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or access our 24-hour live chat service.