In many cases, a motorcycle accident in Georgia will occur because of a driver who has failed to see or react to a motorcycle. Because motorcycles are smaller and take up less space, they are more vulnerable to careless or distracted drivers who fail to share the road in a way that is safe and responsible. Below we outline some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents that can occur.
Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Turning Drivers
Statistics show that an overwhelming number of motorcycle accidents occur when a driver of another motor vehicle makes a left turn, right turn or U-turn in front of a motorcyclist. This can lead to a serious collision when the driver fails to take the time to ensure that they can safely make the turn without jeopardizing the safety of others.
A motorcycle accident in Georgia that is caused by a driver who turns in front of or into a motorcyclist can result in:
- severe road rash (cuts, scrapes and burns to the skin);
- traumatic brain injury;
- spinal cord trauma;
- broken bones; and/or
- facial injuries.
In extreme cases, such a motorcycle crash will result in death.
Factors in a Rear-end Motorcycle Accident in Georgia
Distracted drivers can easily cause a rear-end collision, no matter what types of vehicles are involved. Unfortunately for those on motorcycles, they are much more vulnerable to the effects of a rear-end collision. At low speeds, a motorcyclist who is rear-ended by another vehicle may experience whiplash, head injury, broken bones, spinal cord injury or even death. If a rear-end collision occurs at a higher speed, the injuries have the potential to be even more severe.
Head-on Motorcycle Accidents
Head-on motorcycle accidents tend to be the most serious and often fatal type of motorcycle crash that can occur. A head-on motorcycle accident may happen when another driver is either distracted or driving while under the influence, or makes some other critical driving error.
No matter the circumstances that led to your serious motorcycle accident in Georgia, an Atlanta personal injury lawyer with experience handling motorcycle crashes can talk to you about your options for seeking compensation in a personal injury claim. Similarly, if you lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle crash in the greater Atlanta area, an Atlanta personal injury lawyer can talk to you about the potential for a Georgia wrongful death claim.
Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case.