Motorcycle accidents represent an often overlooked (and misunderstood) group of personal injury claims. Many traditional motorists–i.e., car and truck drivers–tend to view motorcyclists as irresponsible rebels whose actions endanger other drivers. But the reality is much different: Cars and trucks are a much greater threat to motorcycles than vice versa.
Remember, a person driving a car is protected by a two-ton protective shell in the event of a crash. The motorcyclist has comparatively little protection, even if they are wearing a helmet. The upshot is that a motorcyclist is far more likely to sustain serious, life-threatening injuries in a collision with an automobile.
A qualified North Georgia motorcycle accident lawyer can help you in seeking compensation from an insurance company or motorist. The Law Office of Rick J. DeMedeiros, P.C., can help you rebuild your life following an accident. We will fight any attempt to unfairly scapegoat you for someone else’s negligence.
How Serious Are Motorcycle Accidents in Georgia?
The numbers do not lie. According to official statistics published by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, motorcyclists represent roughly 1 out of every 10 traffic fatalities in the state. This translates to 173 confirmed motorcyclist deaths in 2016, the last year for which full data has been verified. And for 2017 and 2018, preliminary data suggests that motorcyclist deaths have surged to more than 200 per year.
Contrary to popular belief, most motorcyclists are not injured or killed due to their failure to wear a helmet. The Office of Highway Statistics noted the percentage of motorcyclists wearing a helmet has “steadily increased” since 2013, and in 2016 only 6 percent of the motorcyclists who were killed in a crash were not wearing a helmet.
Even when helmet use is not at issue, negligent drivers and their insurance companies will still make every effort to shift blame for an accident to the motorcyclist. This is why you should never give any kind of written or official statement regarding the circumstances of your crash without first speaking with an Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer. Of course, you are required to notify your own insurance company following an accident. But you do not have to admit liability or give any more specific statement regarding the possible causes of the accident to anyone without first retaining a lawyer.
At the Law Office of Rick J. DeMedeiros, P.C., our only goal is protecting your interests. We will conduct a full investigation of your motorcycle accident and advise you on the appropriate legal steps to take, which may include litigation. If we do end up filing a lawsuit on your behalf, we will provide you with aggressive representation and fight to ensure you receive compensation for all of your damages, including medical expenses, lost income, repair or replacement of your motorcycle, and your own pain and suffering.
So if you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in the Atlanta area, call us today or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.