Bader Scott Injury Lawyers are motorcycle accident lawyers in Carrollton, GA. We have handled numerous cases with positive outcomes. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, it’s time to contact a professional. Call our office today to set up your appointment to discuss your case.
What Is the Leading Cause of Motorcycle Accidents?
Other drivers on the road! In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that human error causes more than 90 percent of all traffic crashes. Examples of negligent driving that can lead to motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Failing to stop at a marked intersection
- Improper turns
- Illegal lane changes/lane splitting
- Following a motorcycle too closely
- Aggressive driving or “road rage”
Motorcycle Accidents and Commercial Vehicles
Tractor-trailers are one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. Drivers of semi-trucks can easily overlook a small motorcycle on the road. In Georgia, the law requires that large trucks make themselves more visible on the road. This extra “conspicuity measure” helps other drivers and motorcycles when riding.
Have you ever noticed the reflective tape on semi-trucks? This safety feature allows you to see the trailer and the truck more easily. Most trucks will have running lights, sidelights, and other safety features to catch your attention. Trucks should also have underride guards to prevent smaller vehicles from becoming wedged underneath during a collision.
All of these safety features are important, but they do not protect small cars and motorcycles from these large trucks. You can see a trucker, but that doesn’t mean that they are paying attention to you. Motorcycles can fit perfectly in a vehicle’s blind spot, so it’s easy for other vehicles to cut off motorcycles.
What Are the Other Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Carrollton?
Other than motorists hitting motorcycles, we find that debris on the road causes a significant number of motorcycle accidents. It seems like anytime you’re on the way, you run into some road work or construction. The law requires contractors to leave their worksite in a safe condition. However, this isn’t always the case. It’s easy to see stones, gravel, or debris left over from construction.
Driving over loose gravel in a car is challenging, but on a motorcycle, it can be catastrophic. In these situations, our attorneys can hold the construction company responsible for damages. Since it was its responsibility to leave a safe roadway, it could bear liability for your losses.
Sometimes, equipment on a motorcycle can malfunction and cause an accident. Each company that produces motorcycle parts must make sure that they are safe and not defective. If your accident occurred because of a part malfunction, you could hold the parts manufacturer responsible. You could also hold the company that sold you the motorcycle responsible.
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Do Carrollton Motorcyclists Have Any Safety Obligations?
Yes. In Georgia, there are laws motorcyclists must follow to make sure that they are safe on the road. For example, you must wear protective headgear while riding on a motorcycle. Your motorcycle must also have a windshield unless you are wearing protective eyewear. You must also get an exclusive license to operate your motorcycle, according to the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS).
It is essential that you educate yourself on motorcycle road safety to minimize your chance of an accident. Taking defensive driving courses can also strengthen your claim after your accident. You should never assume that another driver can see you, and if you drive defensively, you can avoid many accidents.
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What Are Some Frequent Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents?
Even if you drive safely, you can still find yourself a victim in an accident. Let’s face it: a motorcycle doesn’t have a lot of safety equipment. In a car, there is a metal cage around you, and on a motorcycle, there is very little between you and other vehicles or the road. Cars have seatbelts and airbags, while motorcyclists have helmets and leather jackets.
Since there is minimal safety equipment, injuries can include:
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Road rash
- Dental injuries
- Internal injuries
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Our Attorneys Can Seek Compensation for Your Damages
We want to ensure that someone else’s negligence does not jeopardize your financial stability. Our Carrollton motorcycle accident lawyers can identify and pursue your accident-related losses, including:
Motorcycle accident injuries can require intense medical care. Some of these medical procedures can include hospitalization, home care, physical therapy, surgery, prosthetics, and more. You can imagine the number of medical bills you’ll have piling up with these injuries. Health insurance can cover some of the costs of these injuries, but it is rarely enough. These medical bills can challenge a victim and their family.
We will pursue reimbursement for past, present, and future medical needs. To ensure we secure enough compensation for your care, we may work with your doctor (with your permission) to obtain an estimate.
Victims of motorcycle accidents can take weeks to recover from their injuries. There are some instances where a victim’s life will never go back to normal. It could benefit your situation to hire our legal team.
We can seek awards for your back pay and loss of future earnings. If you suffered a permanent or disabling injury, you may qualify for compensation for the loss of your earning potential.
Various Out-of-Pocket Expenses
Our lawyers will pursue miscellaneous accident-related expenses, including:
- The cost of repairing or replacing your motorcycle
- Household services
- Medical travel expenses
- Modifications to make your home and vehicle injury-accessible
If you have a diminished quality of life because of another party’s actions, you are entitled to compensation. Non-economic damages may include monetary awards for:
- Physical pain
- Loss of mobility
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Reduced cognitive functioning
- Loss of the ability to participate in hobbies and activities you once enjoyed
Wrongful Death-Related Expenses
According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, 192 motorcyclists passed away from crash injuries in Georgia in 2020. If your loved one suffered a fatal accident injury, you may qualify for wrongful death compensation. This may include your loved one’s medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, lost wages, and awards for the loss of your family member’s love, care, and companionship.
An auto accident lawyer can answer all the questions that you have about your damages and what constitutes a fair offer.
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Will Handle Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Our firm exclusively handles personal injury cases, so helping victims get compensated is all we do. Let us take care of your insurance claim or lawsuit so that you can take care of yourself and your family.
Our team will:
- Collect evidence and build a case proving negligence
- Work with medical professionals, crash reconstruction specialists, and other experts
- File your paperwork and manage your case’s deadlines
- Respond to calls and emails from the insurance company or defense counsel
- Negotiate for the maximum settlement available to you
- Represent you during a lawsuit, if necessary
Make sure you take action before the statute of limitations expires. According to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, you generally have two years to file a lawsuit and seek recovery through litigation.
Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Today
Some motorcycle accident victims want to handle their cases on their own, but this can be a huge mistake. Our Carrollton motorcycle accident attorneys can prepare and argue your case so that you can focus on your health–– not your legal burdens.
Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers for a free consultation today. We can begin to build your case to get you the settlement that you deserve.