According to the NHTSA, motorcyclists comprised 14% of all roadway fatalities in 2013. Even the most highly-skilled motorcyclists are not immune to crashes, as car drivers are often unaccustomed to driving around motorcycles.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident in the metro Atlanta area, please call Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP for a free case evaluation. The attorneys at our legal practice are well-acquainted with traffic laws concerning motorcyclists in the state of Georgia, and will help you understand whether or not your crash was caused by the negligence of another driver.
Read on to learn more about the common causes of motorcycle accidents and the legal services available at Kaplan & Lukowski.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
As most metro Atlanta drivers know, the city can be a dangerous place for drivers of any vehicle type, much less a motorcycle. Because motorcycles do not have the same level of safety protections as a passenger car, motorcycle drivers and passengers are much more likely to sustain serious injuries from a crash.
While some motorcycle driver error does occur, many motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of another. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Passenger car violating motorcyclists’ right of way
- Car moving into motorcyclist’s lane
- Being hit from behind
- Faulty equipment or repairs
- Failure to navigate turns safely
What Makes Motorcycle Accidents so Dangerous?
Because motorcyclists are less protected than drivers of passenger vehicles, they are more likely to sustain serious injuries in an accident. In 2013, 88,000 motorcyclists were involved in accidents, according to the NHTSA.
In addition to this added layer of vulnerability, many passenger car drivers are not accustomed to driving around motorcyclists. The most common types of motorcycle accidents occur when a passenger car driver incorrectly gauges the distance and speed of a motorcycle and turns in front of them, resulting in a crash. Passenger car drivers also frequently fail to check their blind spots for motorcycles, which are more difficult to see than larger vehicles.
Because of the added danger of driving a motorcycle, motorcyclists should be very cautious when driving around other vehicles. Whenever possible, leave plenty of room between your motorcycle and other cars, and be cognizant of the fact that drivers might have difficulty seeing you, especially at night.
How Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Can Help
If you or a family member have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should enlist the help of an expert law firm to review your case. You could be eligible to receive damages if the crash was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another driver or party.
We know that there is nothing we can do to bring your loved one back if they were killed in a motorcycle accident. We may, however, be able to help you win compensation to help mitigate the financial and emotional suffering that you have endured.
For a case evaluation on a motorcycle accident in or around the Atlanta area, please contact the team at Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP to learn more about our services.