Riding a motorcycle can be a fun and relaxing way to commute from place to place, and as the warm weather approaches, many of us will be getting our bikes out of the garage and riding the country’s highways. As enjoyable as riding motorcycles can be, they can also be extremely dangerous. When compared to passenger vehicles, motorcycles offer much less protection to their riders in the event of a crash. If you have been injured in a motorcycle related crash, you may be entitled to recover damages through a personal injury lawsuit. To determine whether you have a claim, you should contact an experienced Coweta County personal injury attorney.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety (NHSTA), there were 4,502 motorcyclist fatalities in 2010, representing a slight increase in 4,469 from 2009. Fortunately for motorcycle enthusiasts, there are concrete steps that people can take to reduce their risk of being injured or killed in a motorcycle accident. The single most important thing that a person can to do to ride safety is always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. The NHTSA estimates that using helmets saved 1,544 lives in 2010 alone. In addition, traumatic brain injuries TBIs are the leading cause of motorcycle fatalities. TBIs occur when the head is jolted or bumped causing a disruption of normal brain activity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that using a helmet reduce the risk of head injury by 69%. In addition to using a helmet, drivers can further increase their safety by wearing protective clothing and wearing face shields. Also, riders who ride at night should wear brightly colored clothing or clothing with reflective strips.
Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that you believe was the result of someone else’s negligence, you should contact an experienced Coweta County personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. After you are injured in a motorcycle accident you should undergo complete medical evaluation by a licensed medical professional to ensure that your injuries are properly documented. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.