Motorcycling can be an exhilarating and liberating experience, but it also comes with inherent risks. In Georgia, like anywhere else, motorcycle accidents are all too common and often result in severe injuries or fatalities. Understanding the common causes of these accidents and the legal options available to victims is crucial for both motorcyclists and other road users. In this article, we’ll explore some of the most frequent causes of motorcycle accidents in Georgia and the legal remedies victims can pursue.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Georgia:
Distracted driving is a leading cause of motorcycle accidents in Georgia and across the United States. Drivers using smartphones, eating, adjusting GPS devices, or engaging in any other activities that divert their attention from the road are a significant hazard to motorcyclists.
Failure to Yield
Motorcyclists are vulnerable to accidents caused by other drivers’ failure to yield the right-of-way. Drivers not yielding at intersections, while changing lanes, or when making turns can lead to serious collisions with motorcyclists who have the right to use the road as any other vehicle.
Excessive speed reduces a driver’s ability to react to sudden changes in traffic conditions. Speeding drivers often underestimate the distance required to stop their vehicle, which can result in collisions with motorcyclists.
Lane splitting, where motorcyclists ride between two lanes of stopped or slow-moving traffic, is a controversial practice in Georgia and is not explicitly legal. However, even in situations where lane splitting is not prohibited, it can be dangerous if not done cautiously, leading to accidents.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Motorists under the influence of alcohol or drugs pose a severe threat to motorcyclists. Impaired drivers have decreased reaction times, impaired judgment, and reduced coordination, significantly increasing the risk of accidents.
Uneven pavement, potholes, debris, and slippery surfaces can be hazardous for motorcyclists. When encountering such road hazards, bikers may lose control of their motorcycles, leading to accidents and injuries.
Legal Options for Motorcycle Accident Victims
Personal Injury Lawsuits
If a motorcycle accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, injured motorcyclists have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. To establish negligence, the injured party must prove that the other driver breached their duty of care, directly causing the accident and resulting injuries.
Georgia follows a modified comparative negligence rule. This means that even if the injured motorcyclist is found partially at fault for the accident, they can still seek compensation. However, the amount of compensation awarded will be reduced based on their percentage of fault.
Motorcycle accident victims can also pursue compensation through insurance claims. Georgia requires all motorists to carry liability insurance, which should cover the damages in accidents where the insured driver is at fault.
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage
In cases where the at-fault driver is uninsured or inadequately insured, motorcycle accident victims may be able to seek compensation from their own insurance policies if they have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
Motorcycle accidents in Georgia can lead to devastating consequences for riders and their families. By understanding the common causes of these accidents and the legal options available, motorcyclists can take proactive steps to protect themselves on the road. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s essential to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to understand your rights and seek the compensation you deserve. Additionally, promoting road safety, responsible driving, and increased awareness of motorcycles can help reduce the frequency of such accidents and create a safer environment for all road users.
How can Keenan Law help you if you have been in a motorcycle accident in Georgia
At Keenan Law, we understand the devastating impact that motorcycle accidents can have on individuals and their families. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys is dedicated to helping motorcycle accident victims in Georgia navigate the complex legal process and recover the compensation they deserve. Here’s how we can assist you if you’ve been in a motorcycle accident:
Free Initial Consultation: We offer a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case. During this meeting, we will listen to your account of the accident, assess the potential liability, and advise you on the best course of action moving forward.
Investigating the Accident: Our skilled investigators will thoroughly examine the accident scene, gather evidence, and interview witnesses to reconstruct the events leading up to the collision. This investigation is crucial in establishing liability and ensuring that all responsible parties are held accountable.
Identifying Damages: Motorcycle accidents often result in significant physical, emotional, and financial hardships. We will work closely with you to identify all the damages you have suffered, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related losses.
Negotiating with Insurance Companies: Dealing with insurance companies can be intimidating, especially when they attempt to offer low settlements. Our experienced attorneys will handle all communications with the insurance companies on your behalf, working to secure a fair and just compensation for your injuries and losses.
Pursuing Legal Claims: If necessary, we are fully prepared to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party on your behalf. We will meticulously prepare your case, present compelling arguments, and advocate for your rights in court.
Skilled Testimony: In complex cases, we may call upon medical specialists, accident reconstruction specialists, and other professionals to provide skilled testimony, bolstering your case and strengthening your chances of a successful outcome.
Providing Support and Guidance: We understand that recovering from a motorcycle accident can be physically and emotionally challenging. Throughout the legal process, our compassionate team will provide support and guidance, ensuring that you are well-informed about the progress of your case.
Seeking Maximum Compensation: Our primary goal is to secure the maximum compensation available for your injuries and losses. We are relentless in our pursuit of justice and will not rest until we have explored all avenues to ensure you receive fair and adequate compensation.
At Keenan Law, we are committed to fighting for the rights of motorcycle accident victims in Georgia. With our extensive experience and unwavering dedication, you can trust that your case is in capable hands. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to contact us for a confidential and no-obligation consultation. Let us be your advocate during this challenging time, and together, we will work towards securing a brighter future for you and your family.