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Motorcycle-Accident-300x203The mild weather and beautiful landscape of Atlanta and the surrounding area makes the great state of Georgia a hotspot for motorcycle enthusiasts across the nation. In fact, Atlanta alone is home to over a dozen motorcycle clubs. However, with the number of riders in our region comes an increase in motorcycle related accidents. The reality is, no matter how cautious riders are, accidents will happen. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle riders are nearly 30 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident compared to automobile riders. Fortunately, there are numerous avenues in which riders can receive compensation in the event that they have been injured in a motorcycle accident. With the help of a personal injury attorney, you will be able to get back on your feet and receive compensation for the injuries and suffering you experienced.

 Protecting Yourself

 First and foremost, it is important to remember that all motorcycle riders should ride alcohol and drug-free. There is never an excuse to ride under the influence, and riding impaired is one of the primary causes of motorcycle related accidents. However, even the world’s greatest driver can be involved in an accident if a driver in another vehicle is unaware of their presence, thus, riding defensively and doing everything in your power to promote your visibility is of extreme importance. When riding it is important that you adhere to the following precautions:

ambulance1-resized-600-200x300Each year over 65,000 pedestrians are struck and injured by motor vehicles in the United States. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) most of these accidents occur on public roadways in urban areas. The majority of people never imagine the possibility of being struck by a motor vehicle during their walk to work or a leisurely stroll, but the reality is that injury and death caused by a motor vehicle strike is increasingly common. The exact cause of the prevalence of such accidents is attributed to the increase of distracted driving, however, there are instances where the pedestrian may, in fact, be at fault. Regardless of the situation, if you have been struck by a motor vehicle it is critical that you immediately seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney. Your attorney will be able to answer any questions you may have and advise you on whether or not you are eligible for compensation due to the injuries you sustained.

Pedestrian Rights

In the state of Georgia, pedestrians have the right of way on all crosswalks. However, drivers are often oblivious to this rule or the existence of pedestrians on a busy street. Drivers will often try to shift the blame on pedestrians in the event that an accident occurs. In order for the pedestrian to prove that the driver was at fault, they must prove that the driver’s negligence led to the accident. In general, negligence is defined is the failure to take reasonable action to protect others from a foreseeable risk. To prove that a driver was acting negligently in an accident with a pedestrian the following must be proven:

Xray-doc-300x200Spinal cord injuries are often thought of as the worst possible injury a person can sustain. The repercussions of an injury to the spinal cord can be catastrophic and can cause paralysis or death. It is common for people to typically associate spinal cord injuries with severe accidents and acts of violence, and while these may be common causes of spinal cord injuries, a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University has revealed that slips and falls are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States. The studied revealed that slips and falls account for nearly 42 percent of spinal cord injuries across the country.

 The researchers revealed that spinal cord injuries are actually on the rise across the United States. While this may shocking news considering the seemingly perpetual betterment of technology and safety procedures our country enjoys, the researchers attributed this trend to the fact that a large portion of new injuries involved the elderly. Thus, they believe the rise in injuries has been due to the aging of the baby-boomer population.

The Result of a Spinal Cord Injury

tire1-300x200When was the last time that you walked into a retail tire center and questioned the sales rep about the age of the (new) tire you were about to purchase?  Your answer is probably never, correct?  Unfortunately, most of the public has no idea about the age of a tire, the tire’s lifespan, or even how to find answers to these questions.  And unfortunately, in many accidents, especially single vehicle accidents, people tend to blame driver error instead of looking deeper to find the real culprit.  And when there are defective tires on the road, the recall system leaves much to be desired.

So, lets start with the tire retailer.  Manufacturers often fail to require that the retailer register the tires they sell.  Accordingly, this presents a challenge to manufacturers when they attempt to identify who is selling a particular tire, especially when a tire is determined to be “defective” and a tire recall is issued.  And most consumers are unaware that they can and should register their tires with the manufacturer so they can be notified of a recall if the tire is determined to be defective.

And when it comes to motor vehicle accidents, it has been estimated that there are as many as 33,000 accidents yearly with 19,000 injuries and 500 deaths associated with tire defects.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported, between the years of 2009 and 2013, that there were 55 tire recalls (safety-related) involving 3.2 million tires.

crash5Motor vehicle consumers, drivers and passengers have an expectation that our vehicles are safe to ride in.  We often hear about roll-over tests and safety ratings.  Vehicle safety requirements took a step further by requiring that vehicles be equipped with seat belts for all vehicle occupants.  When it was determined that seat belts, alone, could not prevent death or serious injuries to vehicle occupants, the installation of airbags became a vehicle safety requirement.

However, at least six deaths have been determined to be linked to the defective airbags.  In all, at least 17 million vehicles have been recalled in the United States, in addition to over 36 million worldwide due to defective airbags.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has determined that inflators in certain airbags were made with a propellant which may degrade over time and lead to ruptures.  The Takata air bags could possibly explode resulting in shards of metal being propelled throughout the vehicle passenger compartment.