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Motorcycle Accidents Attorney Serving Marietta, GA

attorneys Chris Hall & Andrew LamprosFor motorcycle enthusiasts, Georgia offers plenty of opportunities for riders to enjoy the scenic beauty of our state on two wheels. The growing popularity of motorcycle riding cannot be denied. The number of registered on-road motorcycles has more than doubled in the last 20 years. Unfortunately, more motorcycles on the roads increase the likelihood of being involved in an accident with another motorist. Because motorcycles do not offer the same protections as passenger vehicles, motorcycle riders tend to suffer significant injuries when involved in accidents. Establishing fault and recovering adequate compensation can be challenging after a motorcycle accident. The experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Hall & Lampros, LLP in Marietta help injured persons negotiate fair compensation for their losses. Contact our legal team at 404-876-8100 to schedule a free consultation.

Georgia Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Georgia is in the top 15% of states with the most registered motorcycles. While the number of motorcycle accidents has been trending downward in recent years, the number of motorcycle operator fatalities has been trending upward. In a recent report released by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the following statistics were recorded:

  • Motorcycle fatalities increased by 33% between 2010 and 2019
  • Motorcycle crashes represent 1% of all motor vehicle crashes but account for 21% of all driver fatalities
  • 27% of fatal motorcycle accidents occur on weekends between 6 p.m. and midnight
  • 88% of persons fatally injured in motorcycle accidents were wearing helmets
  • 41% of all motorcycle crashes occur in the greater Atlanta area
  • Multiple vehicle accidents resulted in 60% of serious injury motorcycle accidents and 70% of motorcycle fatalities
  • The majority of motorcycle drivers are male
  • Most crashes occur during daylight hours on dry roads

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Common Injuries to Motorcycle Riders in Accidents

No Contact Motorcycle Accidents – Filing a Personal Injury ClaimWhen there is a crash impact between a motorcycle and another motor vehicle the persons on the motorcycle will either be thrown from the bike or possibly pinned beneath it as it slides to a stop. In either case, there can be significant damage to the body.

Depending on the circumstances, virtually any part of the body can be injured. Some of the more common injuries reported after non-fatal motorcycle accidents include:

  • Arms and legs – Injuries to extremities tend to be common in motorcycle accidents and can be more or less severe depending on the protection worn.
  • Head – An unprotected head injury can often be fatal in a motorcycle accident. However, wearing a motorcycle helmet may not prevent a traumatic brain injury depending on the severity of the impact.
  • Chest and abdomen – Broken ribs and internal organ damage can occur when the body hits hard objects at high speeds. Internal bleeding can become a life-threatening injury.
  • Spine – Trauma to the spine may cause soft tissue damage as well as broken vertebrae. A severe spinal injury can also damage the spinal cord which can result in paralysis.

The Importance of Determining Fault After a Motorcycle Accident

In Georgia, the determination of fault for a motorcycle accident can directly impact the ability of an injured party to receive compensation for their injuries. An injured party who is less than 50% responsible for causing an accident may still seek compensation from the other at-fault parties but the amount that can be recovered will be reduced by the percentage of fault. An injured party who is 50% or more responsible for causing an accident is barred from any recovery.

In situations where an injured party may have some fault for causing an accident, it is imperative to do everything possible to keep the apportionment of fault to a minimum amount. This requires knowing how multi-vehicle accidents involving motorcycles typically occur and how various contributing factors can affect the likelihood of causing the accident and resulting injuries.

Whether or Not a Motorcycle Helmet is Worn

All motorcycle riders are required to wear helmets in Georgia. Failure to wear a motorcycle helmet is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and possible jail time. So how does the failure to wear a helmet affect a personal injury claim?

Failing to wear a helmet will affect a personal injury claim to the extent that wearing a helmet could have prevented or reduced the severity of the claimed injuries. Not wearing a helmet will have a direct impact on a head injury claim. Not wearing a helmet will have no impact on a leg injury claim.

How a Marietta Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help

At Hall & Lampros, LLP, we understand the strategies that can be used to try and reduce injury claims in motorcycle accidents. We use our knowledge to anticipate and defend inaccurate attempts to unfairly deny compensation. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Cobb County and have questions about making a personal injury claim call or text Hall & Lampros, LLP at 404-876-8100.