Fighting for your rights
Motorcycles, unlike cars, don’t offer drivers any barrier of protection in crashes. For this reason, the risk of serious injury or even a fatality is particularly high in a motorcycle accident. In fact, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, more than 50,000 serious injuries and 2,300 motorcycle fatalities occur in the United States every year. Georgia motorcycle accident lawyer C. Alan Nicholson understands the inherent safety disadvantage motorcyclists have and the responsibilities and rights of all motorists. Nicholson Phillips knows how to handle injury lawsuits when other drivers fail to honor motorcyclists’ rights. For nearly 30 years, we’ve advocated for victims in Marietta and throughout North Georgia, and we have the experience to help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Motorcyclist rights and causes of motorcycle accidents
All motorists, including motorcyclists, have rights as drivers and responsibilities to protect others on the road. Some responsibilities are unique to motorcyclists, such as the requirement under Georgia motorcycle helmet law to wear head and eye protection at all times.
Some rights that owners of large vehicles take for granted are consistently infringed upon when it comes to motorcyclists. For example, all motorists have the right to a full lane of the road. For car and truck drivers, this is practically a given, since only one of their vehicles fits into a lane at once. But because motorcycles are small, many other drivers think they can share a lane with a motorcycle or just pass it. Unfortunately, this poses a serious threat to the motorcyclist, who could be edged off the road, boxed in or involved in a serious collision with the other vehicle.
Often motorcycle accidents occur because of negligent drivers or other parties who do not respect motorcyclists’ rights, not because the motorcyclist was driving irresponsibly, which is a common misconception. Also, when those responsible for maintaining roads fail to clean up debris, spills and other hazards, the conditions pose more of a threat to motorcyclists than to other types of drivers.
If any of these scenarios describes your situation, or if a negligent driver in any capacity caused a motorcycle accident that resulted in your injury, you may have a valid claim for compensation in Marietta, Canton or elsewhere in northern Georgia.