Tucker Motorcycle Accident Attorney
While motorcycles can provide riders with enjoyment on the open road and a means of transportation, it is also important to recognize that motorcyclists can be at risk of particularly severe or life-threatening injuries in collisions. Given that motorcyclists do not have the protection of an automobile surrounding them, even a seemingly minor low-speed crash can lead to fractures, serious cuts and scrapes, and brain trauma. As the Insurance Information Institute (III) underscores, “motorcycles are by their nature far less crashworthy than closed vehicles,” and they are also “less stable than four-wheel vehicles.” In 2017 alone, a total of 5,172 motorcyclists died in collisions, and motorcyclists were “27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled.”
Were you injured in a motorcycle accident in Georgia? An experienced Tucker motorcycle accident attorney can assist you with your case.
Common Causes of Tucker, GA Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle crashes in Georgia have a wide variety of causes, and some common causes include the following:
- Driver of a car or truck fails to see a motorcyclist in his or her blind spot and changes lanes into the motorcyclist;
- Driver of a car or truck does not leave sufficient following distance behind a motorcyclist and crashes into the rear of the motorcyclist;
- Motorcyclist is “doored” by a car or truck opening its door in a parking place along a major roadway;
- Slick roadway or inclement weather lead to a motorcycle skidding accident;
- Damaged roadway causes motorcyclist to be thrown from the motorcycle;
- Drunk driver or drunk motorcyclist causes an accident.
These are only some examples of frequent causes of motorcycle accidents. Similar to other motor vehicle crashes, these collisions can result from distracted driving, intoxicated driving, aggressive driving, drowsy driving, and defective vehicle parts or service.
How Comparative Fault Can Impact Your Georgia Rideshare Accident Case
If you are concerned that the at-fault driver will say you were partially at fault for the accident, you should know that Georgia follows a modified comparative fault rule. Under Georgia’s comparative fault law, a motorcyclist can still obtain damages as long as the motorcyclist was not 50 percent or more at fault. Once a motorcyclist (or any other plaintiff) is 50 percent or more responsible for the accident or severity of the injuries, that person is barred from recovery.
When a motorcyclist is less than 50 percent at fault but is still partially responsible, his or her damages award will be reduced by that percentage of fault.
Seek Advice from a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Tucker
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating, especially when the collision results from a negligent motorist’s failure to take appropriate precautions on the road. Motorcyclists often suffer serious and debilitating injuries in collisions, especially in those crashes that involve other vehicles traveling at higher speeds. If you or someone you love sustained serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, you should not wait to seek help with your claim. One of the Tucker motorcycle accident lawyers at our firm can begin working with you today on your case. Contact The Strickland Firm for more information about filing a claim.