Motorcyclists face unique risks every time they get on the road. Drivers often aren’t paying attention to them, and when motorcycle accidents do occur, the consequences can be especially severe for the motorcyclist. Moreover, motorcyclists are often unfairly characterized as reckless simply for choosing to ride a motorcycle.
The Kennesaw motorcycle accident attorneys at Joel Williams Law, LLC, understand motorcycle accident cases and help accident victims get the personal injury compensation they are owed. If you have been in a motorcycle accident and would like to discuss your case, contact Joel Williams Law, LLC, online or call 833-LEGALGA to schedule a free case evaluation today.
Motorcycle Accident Facts and Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) , there were 4,976 motorcyclists killed and 88,000 injured in crashes in 2015. In Georgia, there were 152 fatal motorcycle accidents. Around 75% of accidents involved multiple vehicles, and 25% were single-vehicle motorcycle crashes. 33% of fatal accidents involved rider speeding, and in 42% of single-vehicle motorcycle accidents the motorcycle rider was legally drunk.
Multiple studies have proven the efficacy of wearing a helmet. The NHTSA has calculated that wearing a helmet can dramatically increase a motorcyclist’s chances of surviving an accident. According to theCDC:
• Helmets saved approximately 1,772 lives in 2015.
• Each year, the United States could save more than $1billion if all motorcyclists wore helmets.
• Helmets reduce the risk of death by 37%.
• Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69%.
All vehicle drivers and motorcycle riders have a duty to use reasonable care when out on the road. If a driver or rider fails to meet this standard of care and causes an accident, victims are entitled to compensation for their harm. Determining whether a party was in breach of this standard, or was negligent, requires a careful analysis of the facts. A presumption of negligence is created in Georgia when t driver or rider commits a traffic violation by violating one of the Georgia “rules of the road.”
Motorcyclists generally must follow the same rules as all other motor vehicle operators, but there are also some special rules that specifically to motorcycles. Motorcyclists are permitted to use a full lane of traffic, and two motorcycles are permitted to ride side-by-side in one lane. Motorcyclists are not allowed to pass a vehicle in the same lane of traffic, and riding between lanes of traffic (“lane splitting”) is prohibited in Georgia. Motorcyclists should also remember that Georgia law also requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet.
Joel Williams Law, LLC, Helps Motorcycle Accident Victims Get Compensation in Georgia
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Joel Williams Law, LLC, are dedicated to getting accident victims the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident, call Joel Williams Law, LLC, at 833-LEGALGA to schedule a free accident injury consultation today.