Motorcycle enthusiasts enjoy the freedom and thrill of the open road but face the potential for serious accidents. When a motorcycle accident is caused by the negligence of another driver, victims deserve justice and compensation. That’s where Gautreaux Law comes in.
As a leading personal injury firm serving Macon and all of Georgia, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of motorcyclists. You have a right to be on the road and to pursue damages after an accident. Contact us today so we can start working on your claim.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents in Georgia typically involve various factors:
- Driver negligence – This remains a leading cause of motorcycle accidents. Distracted driving, perhaps due to mobile phone use, changing the radio, or talking to passengers, can result in missed reactions to motorcyclists. Moreover, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs greatly impairs judgment and response times. Lastly, reckless behavior, such as speeding or not adhering to traffic signals, can be especially dangerous to motorcyclists who lack the protective shell of a car.
- Road conditions – The state of the road is often perilous for motorcyclists. Potholes, often inconspicuous until the last moment, can cause riders to lose control. Wet or icy roads reduce tire traction, making it easier for motorcycles to skid. Inadequate signage or poorly marked roads might confuse riders or lead them into hazardous areas.
- Mechanical failures – Sometimes, the motorcycle itself may be the source of the problem. Brake malfunctions can prevent a rider from stopping in time. Engine issues may cause sudden stalls, and tire blowouts can lead to severe accidents, especially at high speeds.
- Other factors – Factors external to both the rider and other drivers can also play a role. Adverse weather conditions, such as heavy rain or fog, reduce visibility and make roads slippery. Animals, like deer or domestic pets darting onto the road can cause riders to swerve unexpectedly. Also, sudden stops or lane changes by other vehicles, without adequate warning, can catch motorcyclists off-guard.
At Gautreaux Law, we understand the complexities involved in motorcycle accidents. Regardless of the cause, we have the knowledge and determination to get the maximum compensation you deserve.
Injuries Commonly Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents
The nature of motorcycling leaves riders and passengers exposed, often resulting in severe injuries following accidents, such as:
- Road rash and skin abrasions – When motorcyclists slide across the pavement, they can suffer from road rash, which can lead to permanent scarring, skin irritations, and infections.
- Broken bones – The impact during a crash can result in broken bones, with the most common being fractures in the arms, legs, and collarbone. Such injuries may require surgeries and extensive rehabilitation.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) – Even with helmet usage, riders can experience head trauma leading to concussions or more severe TBIs. These injuries can result in long-term cognitive impairments, memory loss, or even permanent disability.
- Spinal cord injuries – Damage to the spinal cord can result in partial or total paralysis. Such injuries can change a victim’s life, often necessitating lifelong care and modifications to their living environment.
- Internal injuries – The force of a collision can cause internal bleeding or damage vital organs, which may not be immediately noticeable but can have grave consequences if not treated promptly.
Many victims face a long road to recovery; some may never ride again. With so much at stake, having a skilled Macon motorcycle accident attorney is essential.
What You Should Know About Georgia Motorcycle Safety Laws
Georgia’s motorcycle safety laws can help reduce the risk of injury. For example, all motorcycle riders and passengers must wear a helmet that meets federal safety standards. In addition, motorcyclists must be properly licensed to operate their vehicles without restrictions and abide by all traffic laws. Notably, lane splitting is not permitted in Georgia.
Motorcycles must also be equipped with safety features, such as daytime running headlights, seating for the operator and any passenger, footrests for both the rider and the passenger, turn signals, and a muffler. Even if all these safety requirements are in place, motorcyclists aren’t the only ones who have to ride safely. Other drivers must also stay alert and watch out for bikes on the road. Since motorcycles are smaller and harder to spot in rough weather or heavy traffic, it’s crucial for all drivers to pay attention and avoid causing injuries to bikers.
How Gautreaux Law Can Help
At Gautreaux Law, we are committed to protecting the rights of motorcycle accident victims. With extensive experience handling personal injury claims, you will have peace of mind with our legal team in your corner. When you partner with us, we will investigate the accident site, collect evidence, handle all the legal paperwork, and negotiate with insurers and opposing counsel.
While many injury claims settle out of court, we prepare each case for trial to maximize our leverage. Above all, we will fight for compensation such as:
- Medical expenses and rehabilitative costs
- Lost wages – present and future
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Permanent disability/disfigurement
- Replacement services
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident, we can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain compensation for final medical expenses, the loss of guidance and support, and other damages. With Gautreaux Law by your side, you’re gaining a committed ally, dedicated to achieving justice.
Contact Our Experienced Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be challenging, both physically and emotionally. Contact Gautreaux Law today for a free consultation.