Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous and injuries from a motorcycle accident can be life-altering or fatal. Common motorcycle accident injuries include road rash, broken bones, spinal cord, and brain injuries due to the lack of head and ejection protection from motorcycles. 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.
Motorcycle Accident Laws in Georgia
A class M license is required to legally operate a motorcycle in the state of Georgia. Motorcycles, scooters, motorbikes, and minibikes with an engine size of 50cc or larger are grouped into one classification. The state of Georgia is one of twenty (20) states that require the use of a helmet when operating a motorcycle on Georgia public roads.
Georgia has motorcycle safety laws that are aimed to prevent injury and reduce motorcycle crashes. Some of Georgia’s motorcycle safety laws are:
- 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 operations manual that highlights Georgia’s motorcycle safety laws.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
According to the 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. Many motorcycle accidents occur due to a lack of experience or the operator’s failure to recognize the motorcycle’s operating characteristics and limitations. Most motorcycle crashes occur because of poor visibility—other vehicles simply didn’t see the motorcyclist.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accidents leave operators vulnerable to catastrophic injuries such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, broken bones/fractures, and contusions. Motorcycle injury examples include:
Road Rash – Is a term that is used when scrapes and abrasions are received during an accident. Road Rash should heal within two weeks. More severe forms of road rash can go through all layers of skin and require skin grafting surgery.
Traumatic Brain Injury – Traumatic brain injury 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 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.
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. Contact Langdale Law today for a free consultation.