Savannah Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycles pose a transportation dilemma because they offer many benefits in terms of cost, but this financial savings can come at an extremely high price because of the inherent danger associated with motorcycles. Motorcyclists have come a long way from the days of the “outlaw biker” stereotype. Riding motorcycles has become a trendy way to commute or explore back roads in Savannah and throughout the state. Despite the widespread popularity of motorcycles, there are still many drivers on Savannah roads that fail to exercise caution and courtesy toward motorcyclists. When inconsiderate drivers fail to obey traffic safety laws or remain alert to the presence of motorcycles that may be harder to spot, the result may be a Savannah motorcycle accident that results in life-altering injuries or fatalities.
Our Savannah motorcycle accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates recognize the potential risk that careless drivers pose to motorcycle riders. If you ride a motorcycle on Savannah roads, you have the disadvantage of being harder to see, particularly when you are in the blind spot of motorists in other motor vehicles including pickups, car, SUVs and even tractor-trailers. When inattentive or careless drivers make a mistake, the danger posed to motorcyclists is magnified because motorcycles lack the handling of four wheeled vehicles. Motorcyclists forced to suddenly brake or make sharp steering adjustments risks laying their bike down. When Savannah motorcyclists do lay their bike down or they are hit by the driver of another vehicle, the lack of protection offered by a motorcycle can mean severe injuries that result in permanent physical and mental impairment.
There are many causes of motorcycle accidents, including unsafe drivers, defective motorcycles and poorly designed or maintained roadways. Our Savannah motorcycle accident attorneys have been providing effective legal representation to those injured in motorcycle collisions for nearly three decades. Some of the most common causes of Savannah motorcycle accidents include the following:
- DUI/DWI offenses committed by other motorists
- Drivers that fail to pay attention because they are using cell phones
- Failure of motorists to check blind spots before making lane changes
- Following motorcycles too closely
- Drivers who violate the speed limit
- Adverse weather conditions
- Defective motorcycles or motorcycle components
- Drivers who run traffic signals stop signs
- Drivers that are distracted
- Failure to adhere to the Georgia Rules of the Road
- Fatigued and sleepy drivers
- Dangerous road design or negligent road maintenance
When motorcyclists are involved in Savannah motorcycle collisions, there is a high probability of suffering permanent injury. Motorcycles do not offer the protection of a metal frame and body that is provided by other motor vehicles. Bikes also fail to provide safety equipment like lap belts, shoulder belts and air bags. One piece of safety equipment that can make an enormous difference in a Savannah motorcycle accident is a helmet. Head injuries are the leading cause of motorcycle accident fatalities, and they are the most common form of catastrophic motorcycle injury. All motorcycle riders in Savannah are required to wear motorcycle helmets. If a motorcycle rider is involved in a Savannah motorcycle accident while violating the mandatory helmet law, the insurance company for the other motorist will likely argue that the failure to wear a helmet constitutes comparative negligence. While this argument is only relevant if a Savannah motorcycle accident victim suffers a head injury, failure to wear a helmet can result in a reduction in a damage award by the percentage of fault assigned to the motorcycle accident victim by a judge or jury.
A Savannah motorcycle accident lawyer at Montlick and Associates understands that dealing with legal procedures and the insurance claims process can be overwhelming when one is struggling with the physical and emotional challenges posed by debilitating injuries. Many Savannah motorcycle crashes result in permanent impairment of mobility or physical and mental functioning. We know that when someone suffers this type of injury, it can mean temporary or permanent disability from employment. Some of the types of injuries that may result from a Savannah motorcycle accident include:
- Paralysis resulting from injury to the spinal cord
- Crushed bones and compound fractures
- Severe road rash
- Trauma to the head that can cause brain damage
- Amputation of extremities
- Potentially fatal damage to essential internal organs
When you suffer this type of injury, it may mean months of rehabilitation and even the need for permanent supportive care. The cost associated with treating these types of devastating injuries can impose intense financial problems on an injury victim and the victim’s family. Our Savannah motorcycle accident attorneys may be able to obtain a broad range of compensation to cover both pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages. Pecuniary damages are basically tangible forms of economic loss, including lost income, costs of medical treatment and future disability. Non-pecuniary damages are those that are less easily to calculate, such as pain and suffering, diminished quality of life and damage to one’s marital relationship. If you are the victim of particularly offensive or condemnable conduct like drunk driving, you may also receive an award of punitive damages. Burial and funeral expenses also may be recovered in a wrongful death claim.
Our experienced Savannah motorcycle accident attorneys are committed to seeking the best possible recovery for our clients. We encourage you to schedule a free consultation because there is absolutely no obligation for us to evaluate your Savannah motorcycle accident claim. 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). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.