If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, it is imperative that you contact skilled Georgia attorney John M. Phillips. He understands the causes behind many of these accidents, and the impacts your injuries can have on your physical health, as well as your financial security. Motorcycle accidents and injuries can leave you unable to work, or even engage in hobbies and activities you once enjoyed. When these types of accidents occur, our firm is ready to help. We fight for your rights so you can get the compensation you deserve.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that as many as 5,000 motorcyclists are killed each year in the U.S. as the result of motorcycle accidents, while as many as 80,000 others suffer serious and potentially disabling injuries. In 2015, Georgia witnessed a significant number of motorcycle accidents on its roads, leading to many injuries and fatalities throughout the state.
Georgia’s climate makes it ideal for riding, but the fact is that bikers face higher risks than other drivers, and are as much as 26 times more likely to be involved in accidents resulting in severe and life threatening injuries. While road, traffic, and weather conditions contribute to these accidents, reckless and dangerous driving behaviors on the part of other motorcyclists or drivers is most likely to blame. The following are among the common causes of motorcycle accidents listed by the NHTSA:
According to the NHTSA’s Anatomy of a Motorcycle Accident, motorcycle riders are generally less conspicuous to motorists, requiring them to take extra precautions in terms of visibility while practicing defensive driving skills. Many driver are unaware of how a motorcycle operates or the amount of space and time motorcyclists need to respond to changes in traffic conditions, nor are they aware of the tendency for bikers to get caught in a driver’s blind spot. Ways in which motorcycle accidents commonly occur include:
Side swipe collisions, which occur when motorcyclists ride with other bikers, or are passed by other drivers.
Rear end collisions, which can be caused by a motorist tailgating, or slamming on their brakes suddenly in front of a biker, not giving them enough time to stop.
T-bone collisions, which are one of the most common and potentially dangerous type of accidents, often occurring in intersections or when making turns.
Head on collisions, which are particularly deadly, and often occur when motorists are disoriented and unfamiliar with their surroundings, as well as when operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Any of the above can result in severe and potentially life threatening injuries. Motorcycles provide little in the way of protection in collisions involving other vehicles, and the NHTSA reports that in 80 percent of cases, it is most likely the motorcyclists themselves who suffer the most severe harm.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that as increasing numbers of both young and older, more experienced bikers take to the roads, the number of serious accidents and injuries has increased dramatically. The severity of injuries has increased as well, which may be in part due to larger, faster bikes and more powerful engine sizes. Even with the proper training and safety equipment in place, motorcyclists are susceptible to the following types of injuries:
Injuries to the lower extremities, such as broken feet, ankles, legs, pelvis, and hips;
Abdominal injuries, involving broken ribs and damage to internal organs;
Back and spinal cord injuries, caused by fractured disks and damage to the spinal cord;
Head and brain injuries, such as skull fractures, concussions, and traumatic brain injury (TBI);
Facial injuries, resulting in damage to the teeth and jaw, as well as loss of sight;
Severe road rash and burns, resulting in permanent scarring and disfigurement.
Any of the above can result in permanent, lasting disabilities, requiring the need for ongoing medical and treatment and extensive rehabilitation. You may be unable to work, either temporarily or permanently, or even care for yourself and perform simple, daily tasks.
When you are seriously injured as the result of a motorcycle accident, you have two potential options in terms of getting the compensation you need to recover:
Submit an insurance claim, either with your own insurance company or with the other driver’s insurer;
File a personal injury lawsuit against the at fault driver in court.
When dealing with insurance companies, it is important to realize they have a financial motive in either denying or undervaluing your claim. They may attempt to use statements you make against you to dispute your claim and blame you for the accident, or they attempt to lure you with a quick settlement offer that is far less than what you deserve. Before making any statements to the insurer or accepting a claim, it is important to speak with our experienced motorcycle accident attorney first.
At the Law Offices of John M. Phillips, we thoroughly investigate your case, gathering evidence in support of your claim. We can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, so that you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. In the event a settlement cannot be reached, we can assist you in filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at fault driver, seeking damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you or someone you care about is involved in a motorcycle accident, contact the Law Offices of John M. Phillips today. We provide the experienced, professional legal representation you need to protect your rights, and can assist you in getting the compensation you need to recover.