Our law firm will continue to urge motorists to use caution and safety around motorcycles, and we will stand up for the rights of motorcyclists who are harmed by negligent drivers.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 26, 2011
By being more aware of motorcycles and sharing the road with them, drivers can avoid causing tragic injuries and deaths, Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney Bruce Millar said today.
“With May being Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month, it’s a good time to remind drivers that it’s often the other driver’s negligence that causes motorcycle crashes, and that those crashes can lead to catastrophic injuries,” said Millar of the Atlanta personal injury law firm of Millar & Mixon, LLC, which represents motorcycle accident victims and their families throughout the state of Georgia.
In 2005, the firm secured a $25 million judgment for a Georgia motorcycle accident victim who was rendered a paraplegic as the result of a parking lot collision. (Smith v. Headhunter’s Motor Club, Inc., et al., No. 2003 CV 400-10, Putnam County).
“We’ve seen too many cases in which the driver of a car or truck has said the motorcycle ‘came out of nowhere,’ or that they didn’t see the motorcycle until it was too late to react,” Millar said. “We need to raise people’s awareness of motorcycles so that those situations don’t arise.”
According to Millar, the failure to recognize the motorcycle’s presence on the road – or a refusal to respect the motorcycle’s space – can lead to accidents that involve:
- Making a turn that cuts off the motorcycle;
- Running the motorcycle off the road;
- Following too closely;
- Ramming the motorcycle in a parking lot; and
- Failing to react when the motorcycle swerves to avoid an obstacle, such as a pothole.
Millar said he was encouraged by a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, showing that motorcycle fatalities are on pace to decline nationally for the second straight year after 11 consecutive years of increases.
According to the report, which analyzed data from the first nine months of 2010, motorcycle deaths are expected to fall from 4,465 in 2009 to 4,376 in 2010, or two percent fewer. The report showed Georgia following the national trend, with motorcycle fatalities declining from 112 in 2009 to 98 in 2010.
“However, the report also indicated that motorcycle deaths had risen in the second half of the year, which is not a positive trend,” Millar said. “The fact is that motorcycle accidents continue to happen, and in many cases, they could have been easily prevented.
“Our law firm will continue to urge motorists to use caution and safety around motorcycles, and we will stand up for the rights of motorcyclists who are harmed by negligent drivers.”
About Millar & Mixon, LLC
The Atlanta personal injury law firm of Millar & Mixon, LLC, based in Atlanta, GA, focuses on representing persons injured in car, truck, motorcycle, bus and other motor vehicle accidents. The firm also handles DUI cases, slip and fall injuries and animal attacks and bites, among other personal injury claims. Since 1993 Atlanta attorney Bruce Millar has obtained judgments and settlements exceeding $60 million for his clients.
The firm represents Georgia accident and injury clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Jonesboro, East Point, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Riverdale. For more information, call (877) 475-7015 or contact the firm through its online form.