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Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Atlanta

Advocating for Your Rights After a Serious Accident

Motorcycles can be fun and exciting to ride, but they can also be very dangerous. The lack of protective barrier on motorcycles requires drivers and passengers to bring their own protection and knowledge to the road. Every motorcycle driver and passenger should be equipped with the proper safety gear before heading out on the road. Some important gear to wear includes a helmet, thick clothing, gloves, and ear plugs. Although safety gear will not prevent an accident from happening, it can help to lessen the injuries sustained.

Even with the proper protective gear, motorcyclists are relatively unprotected when it comes to collisions with other automobiles. When accidents do occur, the results can be severe, often including serious, life-threatening injuries or even death. At Jenkins Utley, P.C., our Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers understand that being involved in a serious collision can be a frightening, confusing experience. If you or a loved one was injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, we are here to help. Our compassionate and experienced attorneys will be there to assist you every step of the way.

Contact our firm at (404) 334-3013 to discuss your case with one of our skilled attorneys. We offer cost-free case evaluations for all new and potential clients.

How Motorcycle Accidents Occur

Motorcycle accidents can occur at any moment on the road. Often, these accidents are the result of negligence on the part of other motorists, including car and commercial truck drivers. An accident might even occur as a result of a defective motorcycle part. If this is the case, the manufacturer may be liable for your injuries.

Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents that can be attributed to negligence include:

  • Unsafe Lane Changes – Motorcycles can disappear into blind spots easily, and other drivers are typically glancing for other cars, not motorcycles. While motorcyclists should remain mindful of this, other motorists have a responsibility to check for motorcyclists before changing lanes.
  • Car Doors – Drivers and passengers often exit vehicles without looking behind them, and can open their door in front of a motorcycle. When motorists fail to check for motorcyclists, the consequences can be serious and even life-altering.
  • Speeding & Racing – Speeding and racing are illegal for all drivers, whether they are operating a passenger vehicle, motorcycle, or commercial truck. When other drivers speed or race, and you are injured on your motorcycle as a result, they may be held liable.
  • Driving Under the Influence – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) is one of the main causes of motorcycle accidents. If another driver hit you and you have reason to believe they were driving intoxicated, they should be held responsible for your injuries.
  • Following Too Closely – Accidents, animals, pedestrians—there are several reasons why you may need to make a sudden stop. If another vehicle is following too closely behind you (tailgating), they may run into you when you come to a sudden stop, resulting in an accident.
  • Dangerous Left-Hand Turns – Many motorcycle accidents occur when other drivers make unsafe left-hand turns in front of motorcyclists. As the oncoming vehicle, you have the right-of-way and, when such accidents occur, the other driver may be held liable.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Unlike passenger vehicles, motorcycles offer very little protection to drivers and passengers. When an accident occurs, motorcyclists are susceptible to grave injuries and death, even when the accident itself is relatively minor. Some injuries are more serious than others, but the best way to avoid them is to wear the proper protective gear.

Common injuries that occur during or after an accident include:

  • Head Injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Brain bleeding
  • Trauma to head or skull
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Road rash
  • Broken back
  • Internal bleeding
  • Internal organ damage

These injuries can lead to mounting medical bills, extreme physical suffering and emotional distress, loss of income, and other damages. If your accident was caused by someone else’s careless or reckless behavior, you shouldn’t have to suffer these consequences on your own. Our Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys can help you fight for the just compensation you are owed. While it won’t negate the ordeal you have been through, financial compensation can help you get back on your feet following an accident by assisting with the cost of associated medical treatment, lost earning ability, and more.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, get in touch with our team today at (404) 334-3013 for a free consultation.

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