Tucker Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Devastating permanent injuries are the norm when negligent drivers of cars, trucks and SUVs cause collisions involving motorcyclists. Those who use motorcycles as their primary means of travel enjoy no structural protection, safety restraints or air bags as protection from injury. The limited forms of protection that are available to a motorcyclist – leather jackets and motorcycle helmets – are woefully inadequate. This lack of protection routinely results in head injuries, spinal injuries, compound fractures, broken bones, broken ribs and other forms of permanent injury or wrongful death.
At Montlick and Associates, our experienced Tucker motorcycle accident attorneys understand the critical role of a personal injury financial recovery in providing compensation for hospital expenses, medical bills, loss of wages and other forms of financial loss. Our motorcycle accident lawyers recognize the unique risks that face motorcycle collision victims. We have been representing clients in motorcycle accidents in Tucker and the surrounding areas of Georgia since the inception of our law firm in 1984.
Not only are motorcycle accident victims inclined to suffer more severe injuries, but they also are far more likely to be involved in a collision. Motorcycles are less visible to other vehicles because of the size differential between motorcycles and other vehicles. The size and maneuverability of motorcycles also means that they often are present in places that motorists do not expect them. When drivers make errors because they are unaware of the presence of motorcycles, riders cannot respond as quickly because bikes have limited stability.
The high risk of injury and wrongful death posed to motorcyclists is clearly reflected in motorcycle accident statistics. A shocking report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that 8 in 10 motorcycle accidents result in fatalities or severe permanent injuries most typically traumatic brain injuries. Motorcycle accident victims also are 35 times more likely to die in a collision than occupants of passenger cars according to the NHTSA report.
Sadly, the report also found that the majority of these life-altering head injuries could have been prevented by use of a motorcycle helmet. The risk of suffering a fatal head injury in a motorcycle crash is reduced by 40 percent when wearing an approved motorcycle helmet. Georgia is one of many states that mandate helmets that meet Department of Transportation safety standards for all motorcyclists. This means that novelty helmets that lack the appropriate level of protection are not an acceptable alternative.
While there are many forms of negligence by passenger vehicle drivers that contribute to motorcycle accidents, they include the following:
- Improper left turns and U-turns
- Lack of care near intersections
- Failure to check blind spots when merging and changing lanes
- Operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Driver distractions (e.g. cell phone use, eating and drinking, grooming)
- Cutting off motorcyclists
- Not observing legally required following distance
- Failure to observe right-of-way
- Unsafe speed (violation of the speed limit or driving too fast for weather or road conditions)
While most motorcycle accidents are caused by unsafe motorists, there are other factors that may contribute to devastating motorcycle crashes. When motorcycles are designed or manufactured with defective components, the company that manufactures the motorcycle may be financially responsible for any injuries or fatalities. Government agencies responsible for designing, building and maintaining roadways may also share liability.
While a negligent driver may cause a variety of serious injuries, head injuries are the most typical type of injury even when a motorcyclist is wearing protective head gear. While a motorcycle helmet may reduce the severity and frequency of permanent head injuries, they will not eliminate such injuries.
There are two types of head injuries: closed-head injuries and open-head injuries. Closed-head injuries occur when the force of impact causes the brain to collide with the hard inner surface of the skull. When there is a sudden acceleration or deceleration this can cause the brain to impact the inside of the skull. The rapid alteration in the speed of the vehicle combined with the sudden impact against a stationary object, the roadway or another vehicle, can result in debilitating brain injuries. By contrast, an open-head injury involves exposed wounds or fracturing of the skull when a foreign object compromises the integrity of the skull.
When you suffer head injuries or other serious motorcycle accident injuries, our dedicated Tucker motorcycle accident lawyers may be able to seek multiple forms of compensation depending on your specific circumstances, which may include:
- Costs associated with medical treatment & hospitalization
- Medical and hospital expenses
- Property damage (e.g. vehicle repair/replacement)
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished earning capacity
- Loss of consortium
- Lost past and current wages
- Costs of burial/funeral
- Punitive damages
Be aware of your legal rights! If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident because of the negligent, intentional or reckless actions of a third party, you may qualify for financial compensation. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Tucker motorcycle accident attorneys. Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24x7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for your 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.