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As the operator of a motorcycle, you take far more precautions than the average driver. First, you probably wear a helmet and other protective equipment. Additionally, there are special qualifications that have to be met in order to obtain a motorcycle license.

This is because motorcycle wrecks pose a much higher risk of causing death or serious bodily injuries to the rider. Even though motorcycle operators take these precautions, they are still extremely vulnerable to the carelessness and neglect of other motorists on streets and highways because they are less protected than those in a car or truck.

With this type of accident claim, it is imperative that you seek legal counsel to aid you in recovering from your injuries and developing your case. If you have been injured, our Lavonia motorcycle accident attorneys can help you fight for the compensation you need to aid in recovery.

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Georgia Motorcycle Helmet Law

In compliance with standards set by the Commissioner of Public Safety, Georgia law requires all motorcycle riders, including passengers, to wear helmets. Riders must also use protective eyewear or have windshields on motorcycles.

If you weren’t wearing a helmet at the time of your accident, you can still file a claim for damages against the at-fault driver or party, but be warned that your failure to wear a helmet can reduce your damages claim.

Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Due to their exposure, the injury rates for motorcyclists are high if they’re involved in an auto accident. In 2017 alone, more than 89,000 motorcycle riders were injured in the United States, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 5,100 motorcyclists were killed that same year.

Though there are countless ways accidents can occur, there are a few common motorcycle accident types, including:

  • Left-turn accidents: 42% of fatal crashes involving motorcyclists are caused by left-turn accidents. These typically occur when vehicles are turning left and hit motorcyclists while going straight or passing other vehicles. Drivers turning left often have to yield to oncoming traffic; when they fail to yield or misjudge the speed of oncoming vehicles, they can be held responsible for negligence.

  • Lane splitting: In Georgia, it’s illegal for motorcyclists to ride between two lanes while traffic is moving or stopped, as it’s a dangerous maneuver. Still, many motorcyclists do this as a way to get around vehicles, and countless accidents occur when drivers don’t notice them coming through.

  • Head-on collisions: 76% of motorcycle accidents that involve other vehicles involved frontal impacts. Head-on collisions occur when the front ends of vehicles hit one another, which often results in the death of the motorcyclist.

  • Sideswipe accidents: Though motorcyclists are smaller and can be more easily obscured in a driver’s blind spot, this is no excuse for negligent driving. All drivers must exercise caution and check their blind spots, as well as signal, before they merge or change lanes.

Who Can Be Held Liable for Damages in a Motorcycle Accident?

In many motorcycle accidents, the driver of another vehicle is responsible for negligence. Drivers who cause these accidents and resulting injuries are typically found guilty of distracted driving and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, along with the at-fault driver, other parties may have contributed to the accident.

Some examples of accidents caused by other parties include:

  • Accidents in construction areas with poor signage: If you were injured in a construction area or zone that lacked adequate signage, the construction company or contractor may be held liable for damages.

  • Damaged roads: Road hazards that vehicle drivers can easily navigate may be especially dangerous for motorcyclists. Damaged roads or loose gravel can cause a motorcyclist to spin out or lose control. In these cases, the government entity responsible for maintaining the road can be at-fault for damages.

  • Manufacturing flaw: Sometimes, a motorcycle defect can be responsible for an accident. If your bike has faulty steering, braking, or some design flaw that caused your accident, the manufacturer may be responsible.

Because there are various factors contributing to accidents, no two accidents are the same. This is why you need to hire an attorney to investigate your accident. Only a trained motorcycle accident attorney can help you and achieve your unique legal goals. With millions recovered for clients over the last 10 years as a firm, we can be relied on to give you the personalized service you need.

Our Lavonia motorcycle accident attorneys understand the unique issues motorcyclists face and can help you file your claim when you call. We’ve recovered millions in damages and can help you, too.