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- Following too closely: If a car or truck driver is careless, a car or truck following too closely may ram into the back of a motorcycle, throwing the cyclist into the air.
- Highway defects: When highway construction or repair leaves a road with low shoulders (or no shoulders), or uneven surfaces, motorcycles are far more likely to be affected by the highway defects. If a motorcycle slips into a groove cut into the road, or dips over into a low shoulder that has not been repaired during construction, the cyclist can skid, slide, or catapult through the air onto the highway or onto the hard ground beside the roadway.
- Collisions with cars: Sometimes car and truck drivers do not keep a close lookout for motorcycles. If a car or truck hits a motorcyclist, the motorcyclist normally gets the bad end of the deal.
- Cars that ram on their brakes: A motorcycle driver may have to lay down his bike if a car or truck driving in front of him stops too suddenly. The cyclist gets thrown off, and hits the ground – hard.
- Motorcycles going off the road: When a motorcycle goes off the road, the cyclist is not always at fault. A highway contractor may have left the shoulder below the main road surface, or the local highway authority may not have put up a sign warning about a serious curve up ahead.
- Head injuries: Even for motorcyclists who are wearing helmets, brain injuries are the leading cause of death for motorcycle drivers and passengers.
Unfortunately, more people are dying in motorcycle wrecks than ever before. The number of people dying in motorcycle collisions in the United States increased every year from 1997 until 2006, according to a report released by the Department of Transportation in 2006. In 2006, 4,810 people died in the United States in motorcycle crashes, according to Traffic Safety Facts, a report by the Department of Transportation. The Department of Transportation combs these statistics from its Fatal Accident Reporting System (“FARS”), and so these numbers include only the deaths from motorcycle crashes, and not the many injuries. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, 157 of these motorcycle riders were traveling on in Georgia when they were killed in a motorcycle crash.
In Georgia, motorcycle riders are four times as likely to be injured in a crash as car occupants, according to the 2008 Crash Statistics and Information Notebook by the Georgia DOT.
If you need legal representation for someone injured or killed in a motorcycle wreck in Georgia, contact The Wallace Law Firm, LLC today.