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Driving Tips to Help Motorcyclists Stay Safe

When driving on Georgia highways and roads, it is important for motorcyclists to take extra precautions to stay safe. The experienced attorneys at Ashenden & Associates, P.C., have compiled a list of three precautions motorcyclists should take to help avoid injury.

Wear Protective Gear

Protective gear, such as a leather jacket and helmet, can help prevent serious injuries if you’re ever in an accident while on your bike.

It’s also important that passengers wear protective gear while they are riding on a motorcycle. For example, if you are bringing someone out on your bike with you, make sure you have an extra helmet that fits them before heading out.

Ride Defensively

Remember, your bike is much smaller and less protective than other cars on the road, and not all drivers check their blind spots before changing lanes or turning. Motorcyclists need to be extra alert, keeping an eye out for cars that suddenly change lanes or pull out from side streets.

Keeping a safe distance between you and the car in front of you is important as well, ensuring that you have enough stopping distance and so you have enough time to react to obstacles on the road. For instance, the vehicle in front of you could straddle an object that you don’t see, causing a serious hazard on the road.

Stay Updated on the Forecast

Rain or snow can cause seriously dangerous driving conditions for any driver, but especially for those on a motorcycle. The most dangerous time to be on the road is right when rain or snow starts falling, because it causes the residual oils to rise to the surface, making the roads extremely slippery.

Driving in the rain means you’re going to have limited visibility, reaction time, and grip with your tires. If motorcyclists must ride in the rain, remember these tips: avoid making sudden maneuvers, leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles on the road, and be especially gentle with the brakes, throttle and steering to avoid sliding.

Contact Atlanta’s Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to talk to a skilled attorney about the details of your case. Thomas Ashenden and the legal team at Ashenden & Associates, P.C., an Atlanta-based law firm specializing in vehicle accidents, have helped Georgians recover millions of dollars for personal injury cases. Book your free consultation online today, or give us a call at (770) 394-8909 to talk to an attorney.

Average Settlement for Motorcycle Accidents

There are few things that get your adrenaline pumping more than a thrilling motorcycle ride down one of Georgia’s many highways and back roads, but unfortunately, motorcycles can also be dangerous. A person riding a motorcycle is 25 times more likely to lose his or her life in an accident than a person in a car or truck. This might be due to an increase of bikes on the road in recent years, as well a lack of attention paid to those bikes by drivers of other vehicles. Brain injuries, road rash, amputations, and sometimes even death are just a few of the injuries you or a loved one might sustain during a motorcycle accident.

Crashed Motorcycle

Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

Unfortunately, on top of dealing with an injury or a lost loved one, a motorcycle accident can lead to a number of other problems. Maybe the injury was caused by a negligent Atlanta driver. Maybe the state patrolman blamed you, but you have evidence that proves the other driver was at fault. In some cases, you may be entitled to damages such as reimbursement of lost wages or medical expenses or compensation for emotional distress, pain and suffering, or decreased quality of life.

The Average Settlement for a Motorcycle Accident

While every case is unique, your Atlanta personal injury lawyer will help you reach the best possible settlement. Factors that affect the outcome might include bias against motorcyclists, the extent of your personal damages, amount of insurance available, and the extent of the liability. According to Thomson Reuters, the median settlement for motorcycle accidents between 1999 and 2006 was almost $74,000. However, there have been cases involving motorcycle accidents that have reached settlements for over $350,000.

Your personal injury lawyer can give you an idea of the average settlement reached in other cases similar to yours. If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident in the Atlanta area or anywhere in the state of Georgia, contact Ashenden & Associates at 770-394-8909 to learn more about your rights.