In Georgia, motorcycles have the same rights as other types of vehicles. Unfortunately, either due to blatant disregard for safety or simple ignorance, other drivers do not always safely share the road. As a biker, you know that despite taking every precaution and wearing the appropriate safety gear, you may needlessly suffer due to the actions of another driver.
Why do motorcycle accidents happen?
Sadly, many of the common causes of vehicle accidents involving motorcycles are completely preventable. Some of these causes include the following:
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to check blind spots
- Drunk driving
- Failure to yield
As a biker, you should not suffer when the actions of another individual cause you harm. You have the right to legal recourse and to seek a full financial recovery for what you suffered, regardless of whether an inattentive driver or a person who refused to acknowledge your right as a motorcycle rider caused your accident.
The serious financial, emotional and physical cost
Bikers are largely unprotected against the impact of an accident with another vehicle. Despite helmets and safety gear, a collision between a motorcycle and larger vehicle could have serious or deadly consequences. Many bikers suffer the following injuries when involved in accidents:
- Broken bones
- Road rash
- Head trauma
- Brain damage
- Back injury and spinal cord damage
The physical toll is steep, but also consider the emotional trauma that can follow a serious motorcycle collision. In addition to the physical damage you suffered, you may be emotionally and mentally unable to enjoy the open road as you once did. The unseen damage from a serious accident can alter your life and affect you in many unexpected ways.
The medical expenses associated with motorcycle accidents can be debilitating. Emergency room visits, surgeries, hospital stays and recovery needs can quickly wipe out savings and outpace your ability to pay. In combination with the physical and emotional pain you are feeling, you may feel completely overwhelmed.
Your right to recovery
Fortunately, you do not have to face the aftermath of a motorcycle accident alone. You have rights as a biker and as an accident victim, and these include the right to a full and fair recovery. With the appropriate legal guidance, you may hold liable parties accountable and secure what you need to heal and get back on your bike as soon as possible.