Motorcycle accidents are common in Georgia because there are more than 200,000 motorcycles registered in the state. Motorcycle accidents typically cause serious injuries because they occur at high speeds, motorcyclists are thrown from their bikes, and motorcyclists have little protection if they get into an accident with a car.
Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable drivers on the road. Motorcycle accident deaths occur 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles in the U.S. If you are a motorcyclist, it is very important to take precautions to prevent an accident. However, if you are a motorcyclist that has been involved in an accident that was not your fault, you should hire an experienced Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer from Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC. You may be eligible to recover compensation for your injuries from the at fault party.
How Common are Motorcycle Accidents in Atlanta?
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 4,594 motorcycle accidents were reported to the Atlanta police in 2014. In 2015, there were 4,946 motorcycle accidents (an 8.3 percent increase). In 2015, motorcyclists were 29 times more likely to die in a crash than people in cars. Motorcyclists are also five times more likely to be injured.
The following 2015 statistics are also troubling:
- 88,000 motorcyclists were injured due to road accidents. These injuries often involve amputations, spinal injuries, and head and brain injuries.
- About 40 percent of the motorcycle riders that were killed in accidents were not wearing helmets.
- Most motorcycle accidents involved riders between the ages of 20 and 40 (accounting for 900,000 accidents), but the injury rate was highest among riders over the age of 60 since older riders are more likely to be seriously injured than young riders.
Motorcycle Laws in Atlanta
Georgia’s motorcyclist safety and equipment laws are defined as follows:
Approved eyewear is required by law.
According to Georgia Code 40-6-315 (b), no person shall ride a motorcycle if a windshield is not equipped or unless the rider is wearing approved protective eyewear.
According to Georgia Code 40-6-215 (a), no individual is permitted to ride on a motorcycle without wearing approved protective headgear.
Speakers should be used only for communication purposes.
- Tail Light
According to Georgia Code 40-8-25 (b), turn signals and brake light(s) are required and should be operational.
According to Georgia Code 40-8-72 (b), two mirrors are required by law, one on the right (R) side and the other on the left (L) side.
- Driver’s Seat
According to Georgia Code 40-6-311 (a), a person operating a motorcycle shall ride only on the regular and permanent seat; passengers are only allowed if the bike has a permanent seat that is designed for the passenger located either beside or behind the operator.
According to Georgia Code 40-6-314 (a), passenger footrests are required if the motorcycle is designed to carry passengers (unless they are in an enclosed cab or a sidecar).
As required by Georgia Code 40-6-314 (b), no person is allowed to operate a motorcycle with a handlebar that exceeds 15” height above the driver’s seat.
Motorcycle Traffic Laws:
While it may be obvious that a motorcyclist must abide by all the traffic laws that are set forth for motor vehicle owners, there are specific laws by which motorcyclists must abide.
Some of those laws include the following:
- According to Georgia Code 40-6-312, no vehicle should be driven in a manner that denies any motorcycle the full use of the lane.
- A motorcycle is not allowed to overtake another vehicle in the same lane that is already occupied by the motor vehicle being overtaken.
- No person is allowed to operate a motorcycle between adjacent rows or lines of vehicles or between lanes of traffic.
- No two motorcycles shall operate side by side in a single lane.
- Headlights and taillights shall be illuminated at all times.
- License, registration, and insurance of the motorcycle are required to be carried at all times.
Possible Compensation in Motorcycle Accidents
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in Atlanta, and it is not your fault, you are eligible to receive compensation payments from the at fault driver for:
- Present, past, and future medical treatment bills
- Replacement and repair of your motorcycle and any other property that has been destroyed or damaged in the accident
- Lost wages, including compensation for the time you spent going to doctor and physical therapy appointments
- Cost of hiring someone to do household chores you are unable to do due to your injury
- Permanent disfigurement and disability
- Emotional distress stemming from the motorcycle accident
- Lost future earning capacity due to your accident injuries
- Any other costs that you have incurred because of the motorcycle accident
Involved in a Motorcycle Accident? – Contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC
Motorcycle accidents commonly cause a wide range of injuries, such as foot injuries, torn muscles and ligaments, broken bones, paralysis, and sometimes even fatality. If you or your family members or friends have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Atlanta, you will need the services of a skilled and dedicated Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC.