Drivers are quick to blame motorcyclists for their crash when the majority of motorcycle crashes/collisions in Georgia are caused by negligent drivers of cars, SUVs, and commercial trucks – not motorcyclists. Many drivers do not look over their shoulders before switching lanes or fail to signal before changing lanes or making a turn.
For many people who ride motorcycles, climbing onto the back of a bike and hitting the open road provides the greatest feeling of freedom. Perhaps part of the fun is the sense of risk, with little protection between you and the elements — or the pavement. However, even a skilled motorcycle rider can get into a crash when other drivers on the road are negligent or the road is poorly maintained.
When drivers are negligent, motorcyclists often get injured. The injuries they suffer are generally severe because motorcycle operators are exposed to higher risks of great bodily harm. They may even sustain life-altering injuries which require adequate compensation. Additionally, they may deal with financial hardships and emotional distress as a result of the incident.
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating. Often they occur because the driver of a car was not as careful as she should have been when entering a roadway. The injured rider typically faces a long road to recovery while trying to deal with high medical costs and diminished wages. It is important to establish insurance coverage and to get an early understanding of how the crash occurred.
With less protection than other drivers on the road, a crash for someone on the back of a motorcycle can mean serious injuries or even death. Often when a motorcycle and car crash, it’s the driver of the car or truck who’s at fault. Some of the most common causes for motorcycle crashes are:
- Driving recklessly, negligently, or erratically
- Distracted driving
- Failure to stay in the proper lane
- Driver inexperience
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Failure to obey traffic signs, lights, stop signs, or officers
- Following a motorcycle too closely
- Turning in front of a motorcycle
Because motorcycles offer minimal protection when they collide with a car, truck, or fixed barrier, riders end up absorbing the impact with their bodies. The risk of damage increases significantly when a rider does not wear a safety helmet. In fact, motorcyclists are twice as likely to sustain a critical and/or fatal head injury without a helmet on.
Fatalities are only part of the story. Common motorcycle crash injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injury
- Neck and spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Soft tissue injuries
- Bruises, cuts and scrapes
- Loss of limbs
Many of these types of injuries can take weeks or months of recovery and therapy. Medical bills can stack up quickly, and you likely lost time at work while broken bones or other injuries healed. Most people would struggle under this kind of circumstance, and the emotional turmoil of wondering how all of the bills will get paid can cause additional stress during your recovery.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle crash/collision because of another party’s negligent or reckless conduct, let us help. Our goal is to secure the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. Contact us today.