Earlier this month, a 52-year-old Georgia man was tragically killed in an accident involving a Toyota Corolla in Nassau County. One local news report indicates that the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the accident around 4:30 p.m. on August 12.
Evidently, the sedan was driving in the westbound lane when the driver attempted to make a left turn. Unfortunately, the driver did not notice the motorcyclist as he was traveling in the opposite direction. Neither party was able to stop in time, and the front of the motorcycle slammed into the front of the sedan.
The police reported that the motorcyclist was killed immediately following the accident. The driver of the sedan and his passenger did not suffer any injuries. As of the most recent reports, the police have not yet filed any charges against the driver, since they are still awaiting the results of the toxicology report.
Georgia Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety compiles motorcycle accident data every few years and publishes these findings to the public. The last reports indicate that out of the 134 motorcycle fatalities, 125 of those individuals were helmeted. Additionally, the recent reports revealed that out of the total individuals killed, three were under the age of 20, 30 were between the ages of 20 and 29, 32 were between the ages of 30 and 39, 30 were between the ages of 40 and 49, and the rest were 50 or older.
One of the most significant parts of the report was the data reported on those motorcyclists whose blood alcohol level was tested and reported. In the most recent years, about 52% of those individuals who were killed driving or riding a motorcycle had their blood-alcohol concentration reported. This does not necessarily mean that they were drunk, only that police determined that intoxication could be a contributing cause of the accident.
Liability in Georgia Motorcycle Accidents
As the above case and statistics indicate, motorcyclists are often seriously injured or killed when they are involved in an accident with another vehicle. Even when individuals are wearing helmets and taking all other necessary safety precautions, these accidents can still be devastating.
In most of these cases, individuals who have been injured will first try and recover damages from their insurance companies or the culpable parties’ insurance companies. Insurance companies will often send their own – often biased – investigators to examine the scene and make determinations regarding the apportionment of fault. Additionally, they will try and immediately determine the extent of injury to those involved. The issue with this is that often the severity of an accident or injury is not fully realized until months later. Even so, insurance companies will try and reach a settlement as soon as possible. This settlement may not fully compensate a victim of an accident.
In these situations, it is very important that victims of these sorts of accidents contact an attorney who can assist them in fully investigating their case by working solely for them. An attorney can not only help with investigation but also consult with experts who can fully assess the accident and the resulting injuries.
Have You Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident in Georgia?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Georgia motorcycle accident, you should consider contacting Miller Legal Services to discuss your case. An attorney, unlike an insurance adjuster, will work with and for you to determine the full extent of what you deserve. You may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries as well as the costs associated with the accident. Call Miller Legal Services today at 770-284-3727 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our dedicated and diligent attorneys.
See Related Blog Posts:
Georgia Man Killed in Out-of-State Car Accident, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, August 12, 2015.
Atlanta Driver Arrested After Driving Wrong Way on Highway, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, July 8, 2015.