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When you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else's negligence, Melman Law Group feels it is important that you understand the compensation you may be able to receive. Our motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency basis meaning that we do not get paid if you are not justly compensated for your injuries and property damage. Your claim will depend on factors such as whether your injury was caused by malice or intentional harm, how severe your injuries are, and the amount of current and/or future medical bills you may have. Let our team of trusted motorcycle accident attorneys fight for you, to get the settlement you deserve.
By the Numbers
Per the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, a total of 4,985 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2018, more than double the number in 1997.
In 2016, motorcyclist deaths reached 5,337, accounting for 14 percent of total highway crash deaths. This is the highest number of motorcyclists killed in one year since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began collecting fatal motor vehicle crash data in 1975.
Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars and often have high performance capabilities. When motorcycles crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they're more likely to be injured or killed. The federal government estimates that per mile traveled in 2017, the number of deaths on motorcycles was nearly 27 times the number in cars.
Because serious head injury is common among fatally injured motorcyclists, helmet use is important. Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries. Yet only 19 states and the District of Columbia mandate helmet use by all riders.
Riding a motorcycle is inherently riskier than driving a car.
Motorcycles are less stable than passenger vehicles during maneuvers such as emergency braking and swerving and are less visible on the road.
When motorcyclists crash, they lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they're more likely to be injured or killed.
Per mile traveled in 2017, the number of deaths on motorcycles in the U.S. was nearly 27 times the number in cars (NHTSA, 2019).
A proper helmet is the most important piece of motorcycle safety equipment.
The federal government estimates that wearing a helmet reduces the risk of dying in a crash by 37 percent (NHTSA, 2008).
Unhelmeted riders are 3 times more likely than helmeted ones to sustain traumatic brain injuries in the event of a crash (NHTSA, 2008).
Georgia Motorcyle Helmet Laws
Universal helmet laws — state laws that require helmet use for all riders (operators and passengers) — are extremely effective. Georgia operates under universal helmet laws.
In 2018, 97 percent of motorcyclists observed in states with universal helmet laws were wearing helmets. In states without such laws, helmet use was 60 percent (NHTSA, 2019).
Use of helmets judged to be compliant with federal safety regulations was 83 percent among motorcyclists in states with universal helmet laws and 57 percent in states without such laws.
Today, 19 states and the District of Columbia have universal helmet laws (including Georgia).
Three states (Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire) do not have any helmet requirements .
Contact Your Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Melman Law Group has experienced attorneys dedicated to using our legal services to fight for victims of car accidents. We provide high-quality legal representation to every one of our clients. Every client is treated with personal attention and compassion. We help our clients receive proper compensation for their unfortunate circumstance. After all, insurance companies tend to seek to minimize compensation. What can seem like a fair settlement might fail to cover long-term medical costs, lost wages from missed work due to the accident, or delayed injuries or damages that weren’t accounted for in the original settlement amount. We’re experts at navigating the often confusing and uncertain legal and insurance process.
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