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Atlanta Motorcycle Accidents Occur Even In The Absence Of Another Vehicle

Rider and his vintage style cafe-racer motorcycle in customs garAccording to the Insurance Information Institute [1], there were about 8.4 million motorcycles on the road in 2013.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [2] (NHTSA) states that in 2013, 56 out of every 100,000 registered motorcycles were involved in a fatal crash, compared with only 9 out of every 100,000 passenger vehicles.  The NHTSA defines motorcycles as mopeds, two- or three-wheeled motorcycles, off-road motorcycles, scooters, mini bikes, and pocket bikes.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety [3] Highway Loss Data Institute provides that 42 percent of motorcyclist deaths in 2013 occurred in single motorcycle accidents.  A single vehicle motorcycle accident is a type of road traffic accident where only one motorcycle is involved.  These types of accidents can include run-off-road accidents, bad weather accidents and even accidents where the vehicle strikes an item on the road or swerves to avoid hitting an animal in Lawrenceville and the surrounding areas.

Who or What is to Blame in a Single Motorcycle Accident in Atlanta?
While some single motorcycle accidents can be caused by distracted driving or impaired driving, a single-motorcycle accident may not be entirely the fault of the motorcycle driver based on many different factors including:

  • Road conditions: Road construction, grooves in the road, railroad crossings, gravel and uneven pavement often times lead to skidding and sliding on a motorcycle.  A governmental entity is usually responsible for maintaining safe road conditions.  Where a city or municipality fails to maintain safe roads, they may be liable for any accidents that occur. Poor road design and conditions can take on many forms including:
  • Dangerous intersections
  • Road and pavement defects
  • Inadequate drainage
  • A lack or absence of medians, guardrails or dividers
  • Inappropriate lighting on roads or at intersections
  • Potholes
  • Insufficient shoulders
  • Dangerous road construction zones
  • Weather conditions: Bad weather conditions can make otherwise save roads difficult to navigate.
  • Road debris: When a driver sees debris on the road, they may swerve to avoid hitting the debris, thereby causing a motorcycle accident in Marietta.
  • Inadequate road signs: Where a road sign, cone or reflector is not properly placed, a driver may not receive the information necessary to avoid an accident including poorly marked curves and intersections including unmarked lane shifts and turn lanes.
  • Mechanical defects: A manufacturing defect in a motorcycle may cause or contribute toward an accident. These claims can be complicated to navigate making it important to speak to an Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney.

Where mechanical defects, road debris or poor road quality is to blame for a single motorcycle collision, it may be possible to file a claim against the manufacturer or governmental body responsible for maintaining Clayton County roads.

Contact an Atlanta Single Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you, or someone you love, has been involved in a single motorcycle crash, it is important to speak to an Atlanta personal injury lawyer to determine if anyone is responsible for or contributed to your injuries and other damages.



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