Macon, GA Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
October 5, 2020
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As an attorney who once worked with a large insurance company, David Mann knows the tactics that insurers often use to try deny claims or pay as little as possible. For instance, when a car and motorcycle collide, the insurance company will often try to blame the motorcyclist.As a motorcycle accident lawyer who is today dedicated to seeking maximum recovery for motorcycle accident victims in Macon and across Georgia, David Mann knows how to put his background and experience to use to benefit his clients in settlement negotiations and in court. Above all, he has a passion for protecting the rights of motorcycle crash victims – riders and passengers alike. To learn how the Mann Law Firm can help you or a loved one who has been hurt by another in a motorcycle accident, call (478) 742-3381 or contact our firm online. We can get started with a free review of your case.
Ways Car Drivers Cause Motorcycle Crashes
Despite what insurance companies may argue, car drivers often cause crashes with motorcyclists. In fact, a recent study by the Florida Department of Transportation analyzed 10 years of motorcycle crashes within that state.If you were involved in a car-motorcycle collision, there are many ways the car driver may have caused the crash, including:
The study found that the drivers of the other vehicles were at fault in 60 percent of accidents.
- Failing to give the motorcycle a full lane width – This is also called lane-splitting or lane-sharing. A motorcycle should be treated just like any other vehicle on the road and given an entire lane to maneuver.
- Failing to signal a lane change, traffic merger or turn – Motorcyclists are just like car drivers. They need to know when the driver in front is going to change positions or turn, or else they could run into the vehicle.
- Failing to check mirrors or blind spots – It’s perfectly reasonable to expect car drivers to check for other vehicles, including motorcycles, before they change lanes, merge or turn at an intersection.
- Following too closely – Allowing a three-to-four-second is reasonable as well. As any motorcyclist knows, you may need to change speed or make a sudden adjustment to avoid potholes, loose gravel or slick spots in the road. Car drivers owe a basic duty to give you the time and space to safely make those adjustments.
Other Causes of Motorcycle AccidentsIn addition to investigating the role of the other car involved in your crash, Mann Law Firm can also look at whether other facts may have caused your motorcycle accident, including:
- Defective roads – In some cases, a federal, state or local government entity – or contractors it hired – could be at fault for defective road design, road construction or poor maintenance of the road. For instance, a motorcyclist should be able to travel without hitting potholes.
- Defective motorcycles or parts – In many other cases, an accident can be caused by a poorly designed or constructed motorcycle or parts, such as brakes that fail or tires that blow out. The manufacturer, distributor or retailer may all potentially be held liable.