While motorcycles only make up a total of 3% of all the registered vehicles throughout the country, they have accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities in 2017. This suggests a need for drivers and motorcyclists throughout Georgia to do more to prevent future accidents from occurring.
Safety tips for car drivers
Motor vehicle accidents that involve motorcycles can be extremely harmful to motorcycle riders. Due to their lack of overall cover, they are at a greater risk for severe injuries. As an automobile driver, you can do your part to reduce the number of car accidents that happen by taking more time to evaluate oncoming traffic.
Most motorcycle accidents caused by automobiles happen when the car turns in front of the motorcycle. The biggest reason drivers do this is because they don’t see the oncoming motorcycle. You can help to prevent an accident by simply looking twice before making a left-hand turn.
Safety tips for motorcycle riders
As a motorcycle rider, it’s important that you also do your part in helping to reduce the number of accidents that happen each year. You can start by ensuring that you wear full coverage protection, including a helmet and protective chaps. When picking out a helmet, realize that it should have a DOT sticker on it to show that it meets required safety standards. You should also consider riding with your headlight in the ON position even in the daytime to alert other drivers on the roadway of your presence.
Motorcycle accidents have been on the rise for the last 10 years. It’s time for both automobile and motorcycle drivers to come together and do their parts to reduce this trend. If you’ve recently been involved in an accident, it’s always a good idea to contact an attorney to help with your case.