There were 154 lives in Georgia that were claimed in motorcycle accidents in 2018. Unfortunately, that ranks the state in 18th place in the nation for the highest rate of motorcycle fatalities.
Many of these fatalities were caused by the actions of others. And because motorcycles are much smaller and lighter than automobiles, have just two wheels, and don't afford the rider protection like the steel surrounding an automobile driver, motorcycles have some unique characteristics. One of which is the increased risk of accident when compared to driving a car. They're less crashworthy and less visible.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycles are roughly five times more likely to end up in a fatal crash than a car. Motorcycles also have a higher fatality rate per unit of distance travelled when compared with cars—it's about 35 times greater than a passenger car.
Motorcycle accidents can be quite different than car accidents because of some unique factors that are involved in motorcycles and motorcycle riding. In addition to visibility, road hazards—such as debris, uneven road surfaces, small objects, or wet pavement—can cause a motorcycle to crash. Another unique factor is the lack of stability in motorcycles, and riding a motorcycle requires more skills than driving a car.
How Tosi Law Will Prove Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
The motorcycle accident attorneys at Tosi Law have worked on hundreds of negligence cases. A claim of negligence states that a person was negligent when he is careless and causes injury to another person, in this case, the motorcycle rider. An automobile driver is required to use care to avoid injuring other motorists, passengers, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. When we thoroughly investigate your case, we will show when another individual is at fault and is liable for injuring you in the accident.
In a successful negligence action, the injured party must satisfy each of the following elements:
- The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care; in other words, the defendant was legally obligated to treat the plaintiff with care;
- The defendant breached its duty or failed to act with reasonable care toward the plaintiff;
- The defendant's action (or inaction) caused the plaintiff's injuries; and
- The plaintiff suffered an injury.
Factors that Affect Motorcycle Accident Compensation
The damages that you suffered in your motorcycle accident are a gauge in the amount of compensation we will try to collect for you. These damages may include pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses.
If your injuries are more catastrophic and will impact you for a long period of time or even permanently, your Tosi Law attorney will ask for greater compensation at trial or in any settlement negotiations. Again, if you've suffered a disabling injury, we will ask the party at fault for the cost of future medical treatment and physical therapy, home health aide services, prescription medication expenses, vocational rehabilitation costs so you can get a new job, and the expenses for retrofitting your home to accommodate your condition after the accident.
In addition, depending on the circumstances of your case, you also may be entitled to punitive damages, which are designed to punish the liable party for extremely reckless behavior.
Contact a Reputable Personal Injury Attorney
A personal injury claim stemming from a motorcycle accident will depend upon the specifics of your accident. In Georgia, you need an attorney that knows the law and knows how to win.
Contact Tosi Law at 888-311-8292 today for your free consultation. We're available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.