Motorcycle Accidents

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are a common occurrence in the United States. Each year thousands of people are injured or fatally killed in motorcycle accidents. For those who do not succumb to their injuries, their paths to recovery are often strenuous and lengthy. If you or your loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need an attorney to help you recover the relief that you deserve. The Persons Firm is your one-stop-shop for obtaining relief. For a risk-free initial consultation, contact our office today. We will be happy to review your claim and help you determine your options.

Negligent Operation of a Car, Truck, or Bus

Most accidents occur because of the negligence of one or more individuals. After an accident, determining what happened and who is at fault is crucial to a successful claim. Some common causes of accidents include:

  • Failure to Yield: Side impact collisions are a common cause of motorcycle accidents. In many cases, drivers do not yield to motorcyclists in nearby lanes. This is often the result of various factors, including the inability to see the motorcyclist because of blind spots.
  • Following too closely: When driving a motor vehicle, the best rule of thumb is to be aware that the more weight a vehicle has, the harder it is to bring the vehicle to a stop in a timely fashion. Despite this well-known fact, many individuals continue to follow motorcycles too closely, which results in a number of accidents each year.
  • Hazardous Road Conditions: Poor weather conditions make it easy for accidents to happen. Rain, fog, sun glare, and other hazardous conditions require drivers to take extra care and to drive in such a way that does not cause injury to others.
Negligent Operation of a Motorcycle

Motorcyclists are sometimes found to be at fault for causing an accident. This is often the case when motorcyclists practice dangerous driving habits such as lane splitting and driving at excessive speeds. When a collision occurs due to the negligent operation of a motorcycle, it will likely have an effect on a valid claim.

Although you or your loved one may be partially at fault for negligent operation of a motorcycle, you may still be entitled to relief. In Georgia, tort law follows a modified comparative negligence approach, which provides that a negligent party may still be compensated for damages as long as he or she did not contribute to the damages by more than 50%. Therefore, it is important to seek the legal advice of an experienced attorney, even if you were told that you caused the accident.

Persons Firm: Experienced Personal Injury Litigators

The Persons Firm is a personal injury law firm located in Marietta, Georgia. We are an experienced personal injury firm that takes pride in all of our cases. Clients often recommend others to the attorneys at The Persons Firm because we keep our clients informed every step of the way. If you or your loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident but are unsure of whether you have a claim, contact us today.