Stephen Hasner | Workers' Compensation | October 26, 2017
Fall is a wonderful time to take to the road on your motorcycle. The weather is warm but not too hot, and the cold of winter has not yet arrived. Cruising the byways on a motorcycle can be quite pleasant this time of year.
Despite that, the risk of serious injury or death in a motorcycle accident is considerably higher than in an automobile accident. Federal statistics show that motorcyclists are 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled, and almost five times more likely to be injured.
You should take steps to attempt to avoid accidents when riding your motorcycle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these steps include:
- Share the road and be alert.
- Make yourself visible.
- Wear a safety helmet.
- Always ride sober.
- Always properly maintain your motorcycle.
Many Motorcycle Accidents Involve Other Vehicles on the Road
Government reports indicate that in 42 percent of two-vehicle fatal crashes involving a motorcycle, the other vehicle involved was turning left while the motorcycle was going straight or passing in a lane to the left. In two-vehicle crashes involving a motorcycle, 74 percent of motorcycles involved were struck from the front.
Despite taking appropriate care, thousands of people are killed or injured every year in motorcycle accidents through no fault of their own. Many people injured in motorcycle accidents suffer lifelong, debilitating injuries. If a motorcyclist takes all of the proper precautions and still is injured in an accident, it is possible to recover compensation for injuries.
Should You Take a Settlement Offer from the Other Driver’s Insurance in a Motorcycle Accident?
You almost certainly should never simply accept an insurance company’s settlement offer, whether from your own insurance company or another driver’s insurer, without speaking to an attorney. Determining the proper value of a motorcycle accident with injuries is extremely complicated.
It includes evaluating the extent of the injuries, economic losses, and liability issues related to the accident, as well as prior injuries if they exist. Furthermore, injuries may involve lifetime care issues that need evaluation. Insurance companies have years of experience in handling injuries from motorcycle accidents and will use all of it to decrease your settlement offer.
If You Suffer a Personal Injury in a Motorcycle Accident in Atlanta, Call Hasner Law to Discuss Your Options
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident in Atlanta, you should explore your compensation options. Take advantage of a free case evaluation to determine if an attorney can help maximize your compensation for your injuries. The attorneys at Hasner Law can help. Contact Hasner Law at (678) 888-4878 or through our online contact form.