Most Georgia motorcycle accidents occur in urban areas, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Motorcycle accidents are on the rise in urban areas, with fatalities increasing by almost 33% since 2009.
The United States Census Bureau notes that Georgia has 123 urban areas. One of the densest areas in the state is the Atlanta metropolitan area. Some other populous cities include Savannah, Augusta-Richmond County, and Columbus.
There are many contributing factors to motorcycle accidents in Georgia––many of which have to do with the negligence of road users. If you or a loved one was injured in an Atlanta motorcycle accident, you could seek compensation.
The Location of Your Accident Could Determine Liability
Poor roadway upkeep and an array of other factors contribute to the likelihood of collisions in urban areas. If your accident was the result of roadway maintenance factors, liability could rest on a government department.
In this instance, because a government agency did not keep the roads safe for users, they could be held accountable for the cost of your expenses. Yet, you may have a short window of time to take action.
If you are bringing legal action against a city, you have six months from the date of your accident to do so, per O.C.G.A. 36-33-5. This timeline differs from filing a lawsuit against an individual, wherein you would have two years from the date of your accident to act, per O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33.
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The Location of Your Accident Could Yield Important Pieces of Evidence
We could help you gather important forms of evidence to build a compelling case for the other party’s liability.
For instance, if you were injured in an urban area, we may be able to subpoena traffic camera footage to learn more about your case. However, if you were injured in a rural area, physical details from the scene could be used to reconstruct what happened in your accident. Tire tracks on the street, pieces of broken glass, and other pieces of physical evidence could provide further insight into your situation.
You do not have to determine the cause of your accident alone. We can do it for you.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Georgia
From distracted driving to intoxicated driving, negligence is often a cause of accidents. In addition to poor or reckless driver actions, other factors contribute to motorcycle accidents in Georgia, including:
Poorly installed tires, engine problems, and brake issues can all prevent a motorcyclist or a motorist from riding safely. When this happens, liability could rest on either a mechanic or a negligent driver.
Rain, snow, and fog can all create unsafe roadway conditions. This, in turn, can make it difficult for a driver to control their vehicle. In this instance, liability is determined on a case-by-case basis–the driver may be found liable for reckless driving during adverse conditions, for example.
Unknown Critical Reasons
Sometimes, not every motorcycle accident has a straightforward cause. When multiple factors are involved, it can be difficult to determine who or what caused a crash. In this instance, consulting with an accident reconstruction specialist can be helpful, as they can use several advanced techniques to determine the cause of a particular collision.
We Can Help You with Every Part of Your Case
Whether you were injured in an urban or a rural area, you could be eligible to pursue compensation. We can work to determine the cause of your collision and explain what forms of compensation may be available to you.
You may be able to seek compensation for the following:
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage expenses
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Funeral and burial expenses, if applicable
You could pursue compensation for other accident-related items. We can calculate the cost of these losses so that you understand the value of your case.
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Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers for Help with Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
If you still have questions about where most motorcycle accidents in Georgia occur, call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. Our team can evaluate your situation and determine whether you can hold another party accountable for your losses.
Liability for your accident could rest on an individual or government organization. As soon as you give us a call, we can begin explaining what financial recovery options are available to you.
Your first case review is free. If you decide to work with us, we provide legal help on a contingency-fee basis. This means that we only receive payment if and when we settle your case. To get started, call us today at (404) 888-8888.