It seems that nowadays more than ever before there is an abundance of motorcyclists on the roads. While we, as accident attorneys, understand the rush that comes with being on the open road on your bike, we also have to speak to the importance of knowing how to be safe. This is not only advice that is beneficial to those who are riding the motorcycles, but also those who are on the roads at the same time as those who are taking a spin on their motorcycle.
In Georgia, you are, of course, required by law to wear a helmet while you are operating or riding on a motorcycle. We for one, think this is intelligent as wearing a helmet is intuitively safer, protecting users from obtaining a serious head injury in the event of an accident. When not wearing a helmet, the likelihood that a person will sustain a concussion, fractures, or even a traumatic brain injury is much more likely. These often lead to the victim suffering from permanent impairments and complications.
It is also important to realize that because helmets are required, any injury you sustain while you are not wearing one, will leave you unable to pursue compensation.
Motorcycle Injuries Can Be Serious and Permanent
Sure, not every single motorcycle accident results in death. However, a good amount of them do result in serious and life-threatening injuries. These can include a number of things like traumatic brain injuries(from concussions to permanent damage to the brain), injured to the spinal cord(many that result in paralysis) and external injuries like broken bones and abrasions.
Motorcyclists Are In More Danger Than Drivers
For the most part, people understand just how dangerous driving a motorcycle can be. In fact, it is not uncommon for you to hear people refer to motorcycles as “death traps” or “death machines”. Since motorcycles do not have any enclosures to offer protection, it makes sense that those who drive motorcycles are at fairly higher risk of being injured than their car-driving counterparts.
While you may be taking a risk by choosing to rise a motorcycle, this does not mean you are not entitled to compensation in the event of an accident if you were wearing a helmet. The right attorney can help you to get the payout you deserve.
Cars Should Be A Concern
Much of the time, motorcyclists are painted in a bad light by society. They are thought to be wild and irresponsible, which for the most part could not be further from the truth. Motorcyclists are actually very responsible when it comes to occupying the roads. In fact, other parties on the road tend to be the ones who cause the majority of accidents that involve motorcycles. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are as follow:
- Cars making left turns in front of a motorcycle
- A car changing lanes into the motorcycle because they do not check their blind spot
- Rear-end collisions as the driver of the car does not stop soon enough at stoplights and intersections
Can Motorcyclists Get Compensation After An Accident?
There are several ways a motorcyclist can recover compensation after an accident. The following are the most common expenses and other costs that come with a motorcycle accident:
- Damages that come from medical expenses that will aid the victim in recovering.
- Damages for future medical expenses that are related to the injuries sustained in the accident
- Rehabilitation costs
- Damages for pain and suffering, specifically emotional pain that the person sustained because of the accident
- Lost wages, which are based on the earning capacity of the injured person. This is especially relevant when the accidents sustained have prevented the injured party from returning to work.
Need A Personal Injury Attorney?
It is important as someone who drives a motorcycle that you acknowledge that you are putting yourself at risk each time you decide to go for a ride. Just because you are safe, doesn’t mean everyone else will be. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident and you are curious about how you can receive compensation for the injuries you have sustained, contact The Monk Law Firm today! Our talented legal staff will go above and beyond for you. We will fight as hard as we can to get you the outcome you desire.