A motorcyclist was reportedly injured in a crash on Habersham Street Thursday night, April 9, 2015.
According to Savannah Morning News, a motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on Habersham Street when a westbound Ford Escort attempted to navigate a left turn onto Derrenne Avenue. The vehicles collided shortly after 9:00pm. The motorcyclist reportedly sustained injuries in the crash; the victim’s condition has not been released.
Our Legal Take
Advocates for motorcyclists’ rights at The Murray Law Firm are questioning what factors may have contributed to this accident. The NHTSA warns, “Approximately one-half of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle [and] nearly 40 percent were caused by the other vehicle turning left in front of the motorcycle.”
As the details of this crash continue to emerge, and if the Escort driver is deemed to be at-fault, the injured motorcyclist may seek to pursue a legal claim for negligence with the Escort driver’s insurance carrier. Negligence, under the law, is generally defined as a lack of the degree of care which would have been exercised by an ordinarily prudent person under the same or similar circumstances. Where negligence exists, the injured person or that person’s family may be entitled to an award of damages that could include, among other items, compensation for: pain and suffering; past and future medical expenses; loss of wages and future earning capacity; loss of consortium; disfigurement; and, mental anguish. If the facts of this matter warrant a negligence claim, it would not only be an avenue of justice for the injured victim, but would also serve as a critically-needed warning to all Georgia drivers to look twice and share our roadways with motorcyclists.
Based upon its prior experience in handling motorcycle accident claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene and the vehicles involved will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the victim before any evidence may be repaired, altered, damaged or destroyed. It is imperative that all evidence be preserved to protect the best interests of the victim.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and sucessful experience in representing victims of motor vehicle accidents, and we offer our legal expertise in this potential claim, if desired. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 912.385.9690. Consultations are free and confidential.