Drivers often use the excuse “I didn’t see you” when explaining why they ran into a motorcyclist. Conditions that create limited visibility cloak this unacceptable excuse in a coat of legitimacy, which drivers attempt to use to deflect fault. No matter the roadway conditions, failing to see another driver is more akin to an admission of fault, rather than a valid defense. Motorists have a responsibility to pay attention to their surroundings when operating a vehicle, and if a driver makes any sort of move without having full visibility, he or she may be found liable for negligence.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident due to a reckless driver claiming limited visibility, we can help. The Gumprecht Law Firm is devoted to personal injury recovery in Northern Georgia and strives to protect motorcycle accident victim rights. Our firm has adopted state-of-the-art technology that supports our meticulous investigation process, supporting victim testimonials and propelling cases toward the maximum possible recovery.
We understand the unique challenges motorcyclists face when bringing an accident claim against a negligent driver and have successfully represented a wide range of cases. As an experienced Georgia motorcycle accidents lawyer, Michael Gumprecht has won numerous honors, including the American Academy of Trial Lawyers Premier 100, the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum lifetime membership. However, knowing that we have helped an accident victim get their life back on track means more to us than any honor. That is why we are available to our clients 24/7. Call us now to speak with a lawyer immediately.
Driving During Unfavorable Conditions
An important aspect of motorcycle safety is being able to see where you are going so you can successfully identify potential hazards in time to respond. Heavy rain, thick fog, smoke from big forest fires and dim lighting can limit your visibility and increase the chances of a collision. All motorists must alter their driving to accommodate unfavorable conditions and maintain safety on the roadways.
During a rainstorm, for instance, it is wise to slow down to below the posted speed limit and leave a larger gap between your bike and the vehicle in front of you. You should also exercise greater caution when changing lanes, making turns and proceeding through intersections. Even the most prudent biker under the best weather conditions is at risk of an accident with a negligent driver. When visibility is low, the risk is much higher.
Who is at Fault for Motorcycle Accidents in Inclement Weather?
Insurance companies would have you believe that when weather creates low visibility, nobody is at fault for an accident. After all, you cannot control the weather. This position is not accurate. Motorists are required to drive cautiously at all times, regardless of weather conditions. However, when conditions are unfavorable, a driver should exercise even more caution to prevent a collision.
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You should not have to wait for regular business hours to start preparing your personal injury claim. Call The Gumprecht Law Firm at 678-800-1050 any time, any day to speak with a lawyer. Consultations are free and claims are handled on contingency.