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Motorcycle Accidents

Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle accidents are — like truck accidents — uniquely dangerous due to the nature of the vehicle involved. In a motorcycle accident scenario, the rider is directly exposed to significant impact forces. Unlike a motor vehicle accident in which the plaintiff is occupying a protective four-wheel vehicle with material that is designed to absorb the force of impact, a motorcycle frame cannot protect the rider from such forces. This can lead to severe and catastrophic injuries or even death.

The data is revealing in this regard. According to a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 there were roughly 4,976 motorcyclist deaths and 88,000 injuries related to traffic crashes, with an extremely high fatality rate of 57.85 percent. Other investigative reports note that, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists have a 34 times higher risk of death in a crash than operators of other types of motor vehicles.

If you’ve suffered motorcycle accident injuries due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct of another party in Atlanta, then you may be entitled to recover damages as compensation for your various losses. Litigation can be much more complex than it initially appears. As such, it’s important that you work with a skilled attorney who is capable of acting decisively on your behalf. Contact the Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC for a comprehensive evaluation.

Motorcycle Accident Risk Factors

A number of negligence-related factors can contribute to motorcycle accidents, including but not limited to:

  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Failure to recognize presence of motorcyclist
  • Failure to wear a helmet
  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Road hazards.

For example, if you’re riding on a road that is not properly maintained, you could be exposed to road hazards like potholes. Whereas a pothole may not represent a significant injury risk for those driving four-wheeled vehicles, it can represent a significant injury risk for motorcyclists.  This failure to adequately maintain the roads could give rise to an actionable claim for damages against the party responsible for such maintenance.

Contributory Negligence

In Louisiana, the plaintiff — the rider in a motorcycle accident, for example — is subject to the pure comparative fault doctrine.  Under the pure comparative fault doctrine, the plaintiff’s contribution of negligence (e.g. fault) is not necessarily a barrier to recovering damages in an injury lawsuit.  Instead, the total fault will be evaluated, and each party will be “assigned” a percentage of fault that they contributed to the injuries at-issue. The damages will then be reduced accordingly.

For example, suppose that you are injured in a motorcycle accident in which you did not wear your helmet. Your total damages are $100,000.  The court evaluates the evidence and determines that you are 50 percent at-fault for your own injuries. Given that you contributed 50 percent fault, you would only be entitled to recover $50,000 of your potential damages.

Consult an Experienced Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at The Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC

The Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC is a litigation firm with experience handling a range of personal injury litigation, including motorcycle accident disputes, on behalf of clients in both Louisiana and the Atlanta metro area.

We have developed a keen understanding of how to approach litigation so as to secure favorable results, whether through a negotiated settlement or at trial. Our extensive knowledge of such disputes ensures that we are ready to react dynamically — and effectively — to the tactics employed by the defendant.

Call (318) 445-2121 or send us a message online to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced Alexandria motorcycle accident lawyer at the Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC today.