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Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Motorcycle riders have all the same rights and responsibilities as any other vehicle on the road. It is the responsibility of every motorist to see motorcycles and to give them the respect that would be given to a car or truck. Still, motorcycle riders are injured or killed by inattentive or uncaring drivers with alarming frequency.

If you have been hit by an inattentive driver while riding your motorcycle in Georgia, our Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers at the law firm of Hilley & Frieder, P.C., will assist you. Our team has extensive experience handling all types of these cases.

Fighting For Georgia Motorcycle Accident Victims

When you hire us, our attorneys will take the time to learn all about your injuries and how they happened. They have experience handling a broad range of serious motorcycle accident injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Permanent scarring and disfigurement
  • Wrongful death

Our Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers will investigate all negligent parties and wrongdoers in an effort to obtain the maximum amount of damages available for your case. Their understanding of the types of injuries that can happen in these cases allows them to be much more proactive in seeking the right compensation that will allow you to recover from your injuries and move on with your life.

Georgia Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Motorcyclists are at an extremely high risk of injury and death on Georgia roads. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (OHS), motorcycle accidents are prevalent across the state, and motorcyclist fatalities are equally as common.

The OHS states that 154 motorcyclists died in collisions in Georgia during 2018, with 134 of these fatalities involving bikers who wore helmets. Only 16 motorcyclists were not wearing helmets, and in four cases, the officers were not able to identify whether the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.

The National Highway Safety Transportation Administration provides the following statistics on motorcycle accidents in the United States:

  • 5,172 motorcyclists died in collisions during 2017.
  • 57% of these fatal crashes involved collisions with motor vehicles.
  • Motorcyclists account for 14% of traffic-related fatalities, despite comprising 3% of all registered motor vehicles.
  • 88,000 motorcyclists suffered injuries in collisions during 2017.

Clearly, motorcycle accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Our personal injury attorneys will work to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions when those actions cause a motorcycle crash.

Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents

Many dangerous driving behaviors contribute to the prevalence of motorcycle accidents in Georgia. Some of the most common causes of these accidents include the following:

  • Dangerous lane changes: Motor vehicle drivers may change lanes without first checking the lane for an oncoming motorcycle. They might also forget to signal before entering the other lane. Either scenario can lead to a collision.
  • Sudden stops: A driver may suddenly stop in front of a motorcyclist without warning, causing a motorcyclist to crash into the rear of the vehicle.
  • Driving under the influence: Using alcohol or drugs while driving is extremely dangerous and illegal. Drivers who are under the influence can collide into motorcyclists easily due to the loss of the fine motor skills necessary to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Unsafe road conditions: Potholes, crumbling gravel, cracks in the road, and a lack of traffic signs and signals can create dangerous driving conditions for motorcyclists. If these factors caused your accident, you may be able to hold the city government liable.
  • Collisions with car doors: Drivers have a responsibility to check for oncoming traffic – including motorcycles – before opening their car doors into the road. If a driver opens their door without checking first, a motorcyclist can collide into the door and suffer severe injuries.
  • Speeding: Drivers have a responsibility to follow the speed limit posted in the area in which they are driving. If a driver is speeding, they may collide into a motorcyclist since both parties have less time to react to an oncoming hazard.

Identifying the cause of your crash is the first step to filing your personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim. Once you know what caused the crash, you can identify the at-fault party and hold them liable.

Was The Other Driver Texting?

There are many negligent activities that drivers can participate in while operating their vehicles. One of the worst is texting and distracted driving. This activity has been proven to be worse than drinking and driving.

If you were hit by a driver who was using their cellphone and not paying attention to the road, then our team can help. Don’t get stuck paying your medical bills and other damages when someone else is at fault.

Proving Negligence In Motorcycle Accident Claims

All motorcycle accident claims rely on the theory of negligence to hold the at-fault party responsible. Whether you are filing a claim against a driver or a government agency, you and your attorney will need to provide evidence to support the following elements for your claim:

  • The at-fault party owed you a duty of care.
  • The at-fault party breached that duty.
  • The breach of care directly caused your injuries.
  • You suffered damages that you can collect in your lawsuit.

You can prove these elements through multiple pieces of evidence, including surveillance footage, witness testimony, medical records and statements from expert witnesses, such as medical specialists. At Hilley & Frieder, P.C., our motorcycle accident attorneys will use the full extent of our resources to build your case.

Have You Lost A Loved One In A Motorcycle Accident?

Losing a family member is hard enough emotionally. That is why our lawyers take the legal burden off of your shoulders and pursue your claims for you. This allows you to focus on healing your family while our team strives to get you any compensation you may be entitled to receive from negligent parties.

When a negligent individual ends someone’s life in a motorcycle accident, the surviving family members retain the right to bring a claim against that person. This claim could help you pay for funeral costs and lost wages and might even help you support your family moving forward. You can rely on our Atlanta wrongful death attorneys to guide you through the legal maze and answer any questions you may have.

Free Consultations For Motorcycle Accident Victims

Contact us using our online form or call us at 404-795-6099 to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation to assess your injuries, discuss your crash and determine what types of compensation you may be entitled to receive. Our team will fully investigate your claims and lay out all your options so that you are completely informed before making decisions.

Attorneys Ronald Hilley And Mia Frieder Working Together In Office Hallway