Motorcycles are not only an economical way to commute but it is also a popular form of recreation. In the state of Georgia, there are just under 200,000 motorcycles registered. Their increasing proliferation comes with an increased risk of accidents. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a motorcycle vehicle collision near Atlanta, schedule a consultation with the lawyers at the Law Offices of Thomas C. Rowsey. We can advise you on whether you have a claim for compensation and help you assert your rights if you do. Our firm proudly assists injured individuals in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and other communities in Fulton, Cobb, and DeKalb Counties.
Highway Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries
Motorcycles are subjected to more road accidents due to their slender physical profile, causing many drivers to fail to see them. In addition, those who are involved in a motorcycle are subjected to more severe injuries due to the minimal protection. This means that riders often can suffer serious injuries or even a tragic loss of life. Some common accident scenarios include:
- A car making a left turn into the path of an oncoming motorcycle;
- A car changing lanes directly into a motorcycle in the neighboring lane; or
- A car pulling out of a side street or parking lot into an oncoming motorcycle.
When a victim files a personal injury lawsuit, he or she usually tries to show that the defendant was negligent. In motorcycle crash cases, a driver may be held legally liable if the injured person can satisfy the four required elements of this claim, starting with duty and breach. Every person owes a duty of reasonable care when behind the wheel, which means that they must obey traffic laws and otherwise avoid posing unnecessary danger to other users of the road. A breach of this duty may occur in several instances, such as:
- Failing to obey the speed limit
- Driving while intoxicated
- Using a cell phone, or
- Failing to yield at an intersection, among others
If you or family member have been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact Mr. Rowsey for a consultation. He will review your case and discuss next steps to get the legal help you need to file your claim.
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