Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycle accidents are often life-changing. Even motorcycle accidents that occur at low speeds can result in severe and sometimes even life-threatening injuries due to the lack of protection they offer. To make matters worse, insurance companies often try to pin some or all of the blame on the motorcyclists themselves. Biases against motorcyclists often result in lowball settlement offers that are usually only a fraction of what injured bikers need to fully recover and put their lives back together again.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016 alone, 5,286 motorcyclists lost their lives in traffic accidents – a 5.1% increase from 2015. At the Carroll Law Firm LLC, our motorcycle accident lawyers know motorcyclists face an uphill battle when trying to collect the compensation they deserve. That’s why we fight aggressively for all injured motorcyclists. From the onset of taking on a new case, we interview eyewitnesses, review police records, gather cell phone records, and speak with medical personnel to build a case that is designed to obtain maximum compensation.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists are not always to blame for accidents. In fact, 66% of all motorcycle accidents are caused by the other vehicle violating a motorcyclists’ right of way. The failure to recognize a motorcyclist in traffic is a main cause of these accidents, with many of them occurring at stop signs and traffic lights.
Motorists who violate a motorcyclist’s right of way do so by:
- Rear ending a motorcyclist at a stop light
- Turning left into a motorcyclist’s way
- Changing lanes into a motorcyclist
- Side-swiping a motorcyclist on the road
- Opening a car door into a motorcyclist
When another driver’s negligence or carelessness causes your accident, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries and for any damages. Some of the most common types of compensation include:
- Property damage
- Past medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Future medical costs
- Long-term care
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
In 2018, 80,000 motorcyclists were injured in motor vehicle crashes. At the Carroll Law Firm LLC, our motorcycle accident attorneys have successfully represented bikers who have sustained injuries including:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Road rash
- Internal organ damage
Motorcycling and Helmet Use
The NHTSA estimates that motorcycle helmets saved the lives of over 1,850 motorcyclists in 2016 alone. If all bikers wore helmets, an additional 802 people would still be alive. Not only do motorcycle helmets save lives, but they also prevent serious head and neck injuries. Helmets reduce the risk of head injuries by 69% and reduce the risk of fatalities by 42%. Unfortunately, not all states require motorcyclists to wear their helmets when riding. Safety experts urge all riders to wear a DOT-approved helmet anytime they are riding, regardless of whether it’s legally required.
Injured in a Atlanta Motorcycle Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to refrain from signing anything until you first speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. The experienced and skilled motorcycle accident attorneys at Carroll Law Firm LLC can protect your rights to compensation after a catastrophic motorcycle accident. With offices conveniently located in Atlanta, we are here for you when you need us the most. We have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our injured clients. Call us today at 404-816-4555 for a free consultation and review of your case.