If you ride motorcycles, you understand the thrill and the freedom of the open road. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, however, it’s a different story entirely. When you’re on your bike, you have nothing but your safety gear to protect you from the impact of an accident, and as such, you are especially vulnerable to being seriously injured. Motorcycle accidents are among the deadliest on our roads, and these crashes can have long-lasting physical, emotional, and financial repercussions. Make safety your top priority every time you get on your bike.
When it comes to motorcycle accidents, the statistics are quite grim. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)—in 2015, motorcyclists were 29 times more likely than occupants of passenger cars to die in a crash (based on miles traveled). Further, the cyclists were five times more likely to be injured in an accident. As a point of statistical reference, 40 percent of those motorcycle fatalities involved cyclists who weren’t wearing helmets.
If another driver’s negligence has caused you to be injured in a motorcycle accident, you need a skilled Roswell, Georgia, motorcycle accident attorney. Motorcycle accidents are both traumatic and overwhelming. The experienced legal team at Hasner Law has the skill, dedication, and compassion to aggressively advocate for the financial compensation to which you are entitled.
Helmets Save Lives
Georgia law mandates that motorcyclists wear helmets that comply with safety standards whenever they ride. It’s the smart and safest choice. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that helmets are about 37 percent effective when it comes to preventing motorcycle fatalities and are about 67 percent effective when it comes to preventing brain injuries. Helmets save lives.
If you were injured by a negligent driver in an accident in which you made the unfortunate choice of not wearing a helmet, that fact does not preclude you from obtaining just compensation. Motorcycle accident claims, however, are complicated, and you need experienced legal counsel to guide your claim toward its most positive resolution.
Motorcycle Accidents and Negligence
Motorcycle accidents are often caused by negligent drivers who simply fail to look for and see motorcyclists. A driver is negligent when he or she violates the duty of care that’s owed other motorists on the road (including those on motorcycles). Such negligence can come in a variety of forms:
- Drivers who are distracted by anything other than driving safely – most notably and dangerously by interacting with their smartphones;
- Drivers who fail to obey traffic signs and signals – including posted speed limits;
- Driver who are impaired by exhaustion or by alcohol and/or drugs;
- Drivers who fail to adjust their driving relative to the conditions of the road (including inclement weather, poor visibility, nighttime driving, road construction, and any other impediment to safe driving); and
- Aggressive drivers.
When you’re on your bike, you’re especially vulnerable to the whims of negligent drivers.
Driving under the Influence of Distraction
Distracted drivers have reached such a fever pitch that it’s important to examine the issue more closely. With the advent of the smartphone, drivers have distractions on speed dial. In fact, distracted driving has become such a problem that the U.S. government has a website dedicated to that issue alone, distraction.gov.
Driving comes with immense responsibility, and part of that responsibility includes paying undivided attention to driving safely. Distracted driving is defined as driving when you are focused on anything other than safe driving. Driving distractions are classified into three distinct groups:
- Distractions that engage your eyes;
- Distractions that engage your hands; and
- Distractions that engage your thoughts.
When it comes to distractions, texting takes the cake. When a driver makes the tremendously dangerous decision to text while driving, that driver engages his or her eyes, hands, and thoughts all at the same time.
Start Seeing Motorcycles
Motorcycle accidents are often caused by drivers who don’t see the motorcycle in the first place or who neglect to even look. When you’re on your bike, you’re obviously not as visible as other vehicles are. Because you take up less physical space, careless drivers may fail to notice you on the road (distracted drivers are often the worst culprits). When you ride, give other vehicles plenty of space and remember that they may not recognize that they’re sharing the road with you.
Your Accident Claim
Every motorcycle accident is unique to its own set of circumstances, but there are some universal steps you can take to better protect yourself and strengthen your claim:
1. Put Safety First
Always put your own safety first by seeking immediate medical attention if you’ve been injured.
2. Document the Scene
Document the scene of the accident by taking pictures and/or videos with your phone that depict how, when, and where the accident happened (if you’re unable to do this yourself, enlist someone at the scene).
3. Collect Eyewitness Testimonies
To help corroborate your description of how the accident happened, collect eyewitness testimonies – and don’t forget to obtain eyewitness contact information.
4. Write It Down
Take the time to write down exactly what you remember about how, when, where, and why the accident happened while it’s still fresh in your mind. The stress and chaos of a motorcycle accident can cause your memory to blur.
5. Rely upon Your Attorney
It’s inadvisable to speak with a representative of the insurance company on your own. Insurance companies are in the business of turning a profit, and your just compensation is not its top priority. Allow your skilled motorcycle accident attorney to manage this important element of your claim.
Work with an Experienced Roswell, Georgia, Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accident claims are complicated, but your rights and your rightful compensation matter. The skilled legal team at Hasner Law is here to help. While you concentrate on your physical recovery, allow our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys to skillfully navigate your claim toward just compensation. Contact or call our office at 678-888-4878 for an initial consultation today.