If you drive the streets of metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, on a motorcycle, no one has to warn you that a motorcycle accident is waiting just around the corner. Motorcyclists know that there are inherent risks with driving or riding a bike. A motorcycle offers little, if any, protection in the event of a collision. That risk of course does not mean however that car drivers are free to act without regard for the safety of motorcyclists. Car and truck drivers routinely neglect their responsibility to watch out for bikers on Georgia roads which in turn causes serious and sometimes fatal motorcycle accidents. If an accident occurs, you should contact an experienced attorney to discuss your options.
Between 2006 and 2015, the number of motorcycles registered in the United States increased by more than 28%, from just over 6.6 million to more than 8.6 million. Those numbers continue to climb, due in part to increasing interest among baby boomers. Unfortunately, the growing popularity of motorcycles has been accompanied by a 17% increase in motorcycle accident fatalities among riders aged 40 and older. Having grown up in metropolitan Atlanta, Mr. Maddox has witnessed the rise in bike accidents as the result of population growth, never ending road construction courtesy of the Georgia DOT, intoxicated drivers, and occasionally a biker who is unfamiliar with his own bike.
It’s no secret that the speed and small size of motorcycles are often a deadly combination. Hundreds of motorcyclists die each year in collisions with cars and trucks. Motorcyclists must be cautious and avoid sudden movements or lane changes, but drivers need to be more aware of motorcyclists.
The tragedy of a motorcycle accident in Georgia is often devastating damages for both the victim and his or her family. Motorcycle injuries are often life-threatening or permanent. A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit following a motorcycle accident will not undo the harm caused, but it may provide greater financial security and stability to pay for long-term care.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a motorcycle wreck caused by negligence, please contact us or call the accident attorneys at Tommy Lee Maddox, PC, to discuss your options. Mr. Maddox is rated “A/V” by Martindale Hubbell for the highest ranking in both legal ability and ethical standards.