According to World Atlas, Georgia has more than 200,000 motorcycles registered in the state, putting us at #13 in ranking of the states.
It’s easy to see why so many people like to ride a motorcycle. Georgia’s beautiful weather, coupled with our dramatic scenery, makes motorcycling a popular hobby, and thousands of people ride into the Peach state on their own motorcycles.
However, motorcyclists remain highly vulnerable on Georgia’s roads. Each year, thousands of bikers are injured in accidents that were not their fault, and they often incur hospital bills they cannot afford. If you have been injured in motorcycle collision, reach out to a knowledgeable attorney right away.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists can suffer devastating physical injuries when they collide with other motor vehicles or hit stationary objects, like telephone poles. At our firm, we have seen clients suffer from:
- Fractures, particularly to the arms, hands, legs, and feet. A simple fracture might only need to be put in a cast, but many fractures require the insertion of a pin, screw, or plate to hold the bones together. Broken bones can also damage surrounding tissue, such as arteries.
- Road rash. This is a type of friction burn that occurs when exposed skin scrapes along asphalt. Road rash can require skin grafts to prevent infection.
- Back injuries. A motorcyclist can pull a muscle, ligament, or tendon in the back. Also, an accident can lead to a herniated disc or cracked vertebrae.
- Biker’s arm. This injury occurs when a motorcyclist braces for impact with a motor vehicle or the road. Instinctively, the biker wraps an arm around her chest and then lands on it. This traumatic injury can lead to nerve damage and weakness in the affected limb.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). A concussion or other TBI can lead to problems with mobility, balance, speech, memory, and cognition. A helmet will dramatically reduce the likelihood of a TBI but cannot eliminate the risk entirely.
- Spinal cord injuries. Any damage to the spinal cord can cause paralysis below the point of injury.
In addition to these common motorcycle accident injuries, unfortunately some bikers will end up losing their life after a collision.
Common Motorcycle Accidents
There are several common types of motorcycle accidents, many of which are caused by the carelessness or reckless behavior of a motor vehicle driver. For example, we have seen clients injured in the following types of accidents:
- Head-on crashes. The driver of a vehicle might pass someone illegally and collide head on with a motorcyclist coming in the opposite direction, or a motorist could drift into oncoming traffic where the car collides with a biker.
- Left-hand turn accidents. Many motorists cannot see motorcycles, or they misjudge the speed that you are going. As a result, they turn and directly strike our client or they pull directly in front of the biker, causing an unavoidable crash.
- Rear-end collisions. A motorist might crash into the back of a motorcycle if it is following too closely or fails to see the motorcyclist stopped at a red light or stop sign.
- Lane splitting accidents. Lane splitting refers to the practice of riding in between lanes. Motorcyclists can suffer injury when a driver makes an unexpected movement or a passenger opens a door.
There are many causes of these accidents, including;
- Drug and alcohol use
- Distracted driving; including texting while driving
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Illegally passing
When a motorist has been negligent, Georgia law allows an injured biker to receive compensation for his or her injuries. Money damages can cover medical care, lost wages, property damage, and also compensate for pain and suffering and emotional distress. The amount of money available generally depends on the severity of your injuries and the insurance policy the at-fault driver has.
Speak with Pritchard Injury Firm Today
Motorcycle accidents leave victims in considerable pain. You could be looking at a long recovery time, which causes incredible financial stress, especially if you can’t work. To start the process of bringing a claim for financial compensation, contact us today.
One of the motorcycle accident lawyers at Pritchard Injury Firm can meet with you to review your case and discuss its value. We offer members of the public a free, no-risk initial consultation, so contact us without delay.