Despite accounting for only three percent of vehicles on the road, 11 percent of fatal vehicles crashes involve motorcycles. The causes for such accidents are always different and it's important to have an experienced motorcycle accident attorney at your side.
Motorcycles are riskier than motor vehicles because the rider is exposed to other vehicles, the roadway, and nearby objects. Passenger vehicles are safer because they enclose the occupants and provide an array of safety features.
On average, 88,000 riders are injured and 5,000 are killed across the U.S. each year. Approximately 173 of those deaths happen on Georgia roadways.
The leading cause of motorcycle wrecks and fatalities is other moving vehicles. In 2016, 55 percent of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes were caused by the driver of a passenger vehicle.
The wrecks often involved a vehicle turning left and striking a motorcyclist who was going straight, overtaking a motorcycle, or negligently passing a rider. Low visibility, distractions, speeding, and forgetting to check a car's blind spots can all be factors that contribute to a motorcycle accident.
What's the best way to protect yourself in case of an accident? Wear a helmet.
Not just because Georgia law requires all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet, but because it significantly increases your odds of surviving a crash and decreases the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury.
If you've suffered severe injuries because of a negligent driver, Gary Martin Hays & Associates are here to protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. Call 770-934-8000 for a free discussion about your case.