Former State Senator Joey Brush was known for his efforts on behalf of motorcycle owners, working hard to push through two bills – one which would allow motorcyclists to treat red lights as stop signs enabling them to go through a light without having to wait for it to turn green, and one that would eliminate Georgia’s law requiring cyclists to wear helmets. The first passed – the second is still being considered by the governor.
Brush was on his way to meet with the governor last month when, just minutes from his home, his Harley Davidson crashed into a car, sending him flying from his bike and killing him. Authorities said Brush was wearing a helmet as required by law, and they expect to file charges regarding the crash, which occurred when a car pulled out into the highway in front of Brush. The accident occurred during the first week of May; by the end of the month, several more motorcycle operators and passengers were involved in deadly crashes across the state.
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While accidents have generally been on the decline in the state in recent years (the Governors Highway Safety Association reports there were 74 motorcycle fatalities in Georgia in 2012 compared to 55 in 2013), nationwide motorcycle-related fatalities have been increasing. The summer months often see an increase in accidents as riders take to the highways to enjoy the warm, sunny weather.
But fatalities are just one part of the picture. Each year, thousands of men and women are injured in motorcycle accidents, some receiving injuries that can take months or even years to correct. Some accident victims are left with debilitating injuries for the rest of their lives, losing income and opportunities and racking up huge medical costs in the bargain.
Many people involved in vehicle crashes or other types of personal injuries mistakenly believe their insurance will handle their costs; but in fact, many victims wind up paying a major portion of their accident-related costs from their own pockets. Even relatively minor accidents can cause whiplash and soft tissue injury that can take weeks of rehabilitation to overcome. And during that time, your medical bills – and unpaid time off – can all start to add up.
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Initiating a lawsuit seems overwhelming to many people, partly because the law and the legal system seem unfamiliar and maybe even a little scary. But it shouldn’t be that way. Accident victims have powerful and important rights. As a leading motorcycle and car accident attorney in Marietta, Roger Ghai works hard to make sure his clients from throughout Cobb County understand the system and their rights, removing the “mysteries” of the legal system and empowering clients so they can get the compensation they deserve for their accident-related costs.
If you’ve been involved in a car or motorcycle accident or any type of personal injury, you need a skilled, experienced attorney on your side. Call the Law Offices of Roger Ghai today at (770) 792-1000 and schedule a consultation so you can learn how to protect your rights and get the compensation you and your loved ones deserve.