Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle riders have all of 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, the 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 our firm, we will take the time to learn all about your injuries and how they happened. Our Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers will seek full compensation from all negligent parties in an effort to obtain the maximum recovery available for your case. Our understanding of the types of injuries that can happen in these cases allows us 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.
We have experience handling a broad range of serious motorcycle accident injuries, including:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Permanent Scarring & Disfigurement
- Wrongful Death
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 4 cases, the officers were not able to identify if the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet or not.
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.
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 and fail to check the lane for an oncoming motorcycle, or even forget to signal before entering the other lane, leading to a collision.
- Sudden stops: A driver may suddenly stop in front of a motorcyclist without warning, leading 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 motorcyclists — before opening their car doors out into the road. If a driver opens his or her door without checking, a motorcyclist can collide into the door and suffer severe injury.
- Speeding: Drivers have a responsibility to follow the speed limit posted in the area they are driving. If a driver is speeding, he or she 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 him or her liable.
Was the Other Driver Texting?
There are many negligent activities drivers can participate in while operating their vehicles. One of the worst is texting and driving. This activity has been proven to be worse than drinking and driving.
If you were hit by a driver who was using his or her cellphone and not paying attention to the road, we 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 his or her duty of care.
- The breach of care directly caused your injuries.
- You suffered damages 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., your motorcycle accident attorney will utilize 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 we take the legal burden off of your shoulders and pursue your claims for you. This allows you to focus on healing your family while we 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, lost wages, and even help you to 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 our personal injury attorneys in Atlanta, Georgia, for a free consult regarding your injuries and what compensation you may be entitled to receive. Our team will fully investigate your claims and lay out all of your options so you are completely informed as to all of your decisions.