Valdosta Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Protecting the Legal Rights of Injured Bikers in Georgia
Injuries from a motorcycle accident can be life-altering or fatal. Common motorcycle accident injuries include road rash, broken bones, spinal cord damage, and brain injuries due to the lack of head and ejection protection from motorcycles. Such accidents may even lead to wrongful death.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Valdosta motorcycle accident, contact the motorcycle accident attorneys of Langdale Law to discuss the merits of your claim. Since 1972, our legal team has been helping bikers throughout Southern Georgia receive fair compensation and treatment after a motorcycle accident. We are prepared to do whatever it takes to help you seek the fair and just compensation you deserve.
Motorcycle Accident Laws in Georgia
Georgia has motorcycle safety laws in place that are aimed to prevent injury and reduce motorcycle crashes. Motorcycles, scooters, motorbikes, and minibikes with an engine size of 50cc or larger are grouped into a single classification.
A class M license is required to legally operate a motorcycle in the state of Georgia. The state of Georgia is one of twenty states that require the use of a helmet when operating a motorcycle on Georgia public roads.
Some more of Georgia’s motorcycle safety laws include:
- Motorcyclists and their passengers are required to use helmets that meet the standards set by the commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety.
- The use of protective eye gear is required when the motorcycle in use is not equipped with a windscreen.
- Daytime headlights are required when operating a motorcycle.
- Lane sharing and lane splitting are not permitted.
The above-referenced motorcycle safety laws are mandatory in the state of Georgia and their violation can result in fines and have deadly consequences. The Georgia Department of Driver Services provides drivers with a motorcycle operation manual that highlights Georgia’s motorcycle safety laws.
What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), more than 80% of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death to the operator of the motorcycle, partly because of the lack of helmet and ejection protection.
Most motorcycle crashes occur because of poor visibility—other vehicles simply didn’t see the motorcyclist. This can be because of poor lighting or bad weather but is more often than not the result of a motorist simply not looking out for motorcycles on the roadway.
Other causes of motorcycle accidents caused by negligent drivers include:
- Distracted driving/texting and driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Making a left turn into a biker
- Speeding, tailgating, failing to signal, ignoring traffic signs and signals, and other reckless driving
- When a driver or passenger opens their car door into the path of an oncoming biker (“dooring”)
What Are Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
Motorcycle accidents can end in nothing more than a few cuts or scrapes for all parties involved. However, most motorcycle crashes leave operators vulnerable to catastrophic injuries such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, broken bones/fractures, and other serious injuries.
Examples of common motorcycle injuries include:
- Road rash: This is a term that is used when serious scrapes and abrasions are received during an accident. Road rash typically heals within two weeks, but more severe forms of road rash can go through all layers of the skin and require skin grafting surgery to heal.
- Traumatic brain injury: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when a sudden external physical assault damages the brain. Traumatic brain injury is a broad term that describes an array of injuries that range from a mild concussion to a severe injury that can result in coma or death.
- Spinal cord injury: An injury to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. A spinal cord injury may cause changes in strength, sensation, and other body functions below the injury site. It can also lead to partial or complete paralysis in most areas of the body.
Bikers may also suffer from cuts, scrapes, bruises, broken bones, internal bleeding, and other injuries. Regardless of the severity of the accident, it is crucial to seek medical attention after being involved in a collision to ensure you haven’t sustained any serious internal injuries.
How Can a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Help?
If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced Valdosta motorcycle attorney will hold the insurance company accountable so that you can focus on what is most important—your recovery.
At Langdale Law, we will investigate your claim, fill out the necessary paperwork, calculate your damages, and do whatever else it takes to ensure you are compensated fairly and in a timely manner.
Contact Langdale Law today for a free consultation with our experienced motorcycle accident attorney.