Traveling on the highway is always potentially dangerous due to the risk of an accident. The danger increases exponentially when you are traveling on a motorcycle, because you are much less protected from contact with the road, other vehicles, or other conditions such as medians or signposts. Injuries caused by motorcycle accidents can be devastating and can have a huge impact on your life. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, a Coweta County personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you recover.
According to U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 100,000 motorcyclists were either injured or killed in highway accidents alone. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Poor weather or road conditions
- Speeding or disobeying other traffic laws or signs
- Lane splitting, i.e. when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes
- Other drivers not seeing a motorcyclist due to glare or blind spots
- Not utilizing a turn signal
Obeying traffic laws is extremely important when riding a motorcycle. The NHTSA reported that almost half of motorcycle accidents happened while another vehicle was turning left while the motorcycle was driving straight or attempting to pass or overtake the vehicle. Motorcyclists must be aware that other vehicles may not see them or may not expect sudden lane changes, increases in speed, or passing. Because of the adventurous feel of riding a motorcycle, many motorcyclists tend to operate the motorcycle in a carefree, or even reckless, manner. Almost half of motorcycle accidents happened while the driver was speeding, and another 42% happened while the driver had a blood alcohol content over the legal limit. In addition to motorcyclists following the laws, other drivers on the road must be aware of motorcycles, their low visibility, and their drivers' occasional tendency for erratic driving.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in Coweta County, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for a free consultation. As an experienced motorcycle accident attorney, he can help you receive the maximum financial compensation possible.