Motorcycles are a common sight on the Georgia roadways. People who ride express how much they enjoy being on the open road on their bikes. Despite a motorcyclist's vigilance, there can still be accidents involving other vehicles on the road. Often, this is due to drivers who do not understand or care about the vulnerability of motorcycle riders. There are certain steps that drivers and riders can take to share the road without incident, but, when there is a crash, those who were hurt or lost a loved one should think about their rights to compensation in a legal filing.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a motorcyclist is 28 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than those in a passenger vehicle. The Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety said that, in the past 11 years, more than 10 percent of fatalities in the state involved a motorcyclist. One man serves as a prime example of the danger riders face after he was hit while riding.
The man was riding when he was hit by a car. The driver pulled over momentarily, but then took off. The rider was sent sideways and was separated from his bike. He was lucky that he was protected by his riding gear and only required hand surgery. The NHTSA says that drivers of conventional vehicles should give riders more leeway than they generally do other vehicles. Also, motorcycle riders should make sure to signal, ensure they are visible and that their moves are predictable.
People injured in motorcycle accidents can have head injuries, spinal cord injuries, cuts, bruises, broken bones and lost limbs. Drivers of passenger vehicles who do not yield to motorcycles or even flee the scene of a crash should be held accountable. Families who have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident should also remember their rights after a crash. A law firm that helps people involved in motorcycle accidents should be called for advice on how to proceed after an accident.