Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorney
A motorcycle accident is not always deadly, but it can often cause serious personal injuries – even at low speeds.
Those who have been involved in an accident would be well-advised to consult with a Georgia motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Without experienced and professional help, it is possible that the biker will not recover all of the financial compensation for medical costs, lost wages and, sometimes, pain and suffering.
Since 2000, motorcycle-related deaths have gone up by 55 percent according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2010, 4,502 people died in motorcycle crashes. The CDC further estimates that motorcycle accidents cost about $12 billion per year in medical costs and lost wages.
Helmet laws help. The CDC reported that Georgia ranks ninth in the nation for lives that were saved and economic costs that were saved due to our state’s helmet law. Even so, there are many individuals who suffer injuries in motorcycle accidents due to the negligence of others.
The injuries typically reported are:
- Leg and foot injuries: 30 percent of all injuries
- Head and neck injuries including sprains: 22 percent
- Upper back injuries: 20 percent
- Arm and hand injuries including degloving: 18 percent
- Lower trunk injuries including kidney and other internal injuries: 8 percent
Other injuries or injuries of an unreported type made up 3 percent of injuries.
The Georgia CODES Project, funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) keeps track of the cause of fatal motorcycle accidents as well as crashes which result in injury, but not death. It may be interesting to note that in many cases, a motorcycle accident is not caused by another motorist. At Stokes & Kopitsky, P.A., our experienced Georgia motorcycle accident lawyers could be critical to obtaining due compensation when there is no obvious negligence by the driver of a car, truck or other motor vehicle.
According to the study, the following are the most common causes of motorcycle crashes:
- Driver lost control
- No contributing factor
- Following too closely
- Too fast for conditions
- Hit object or animal
- DUI or drunk driving
When a motorcycle accident with injuries occurs, it is important to obtain experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. Evidence from the accident scene could be disturbed or misplaced. Eye witnesses could help determine fault or negligence while memories are still fresh. Medical treatment which is delayed could result in additional medical costs later on. Prompt attention to these matters is very important.
There are myriad details which need to be collected, sorted, examined and evaluated. An experienced Georgia motorcycle accident attorney knows what to look for and knows which questions to ask. At Stokes & Kopitsky, P.A., we have more than 30 years of experience with personal injury litigation of all types, including motorcycle accidents. At our law firm there is no fee unless we obtain a settlement or prove your case in court. It costs nothing to begin your case. It may be costly to delay.