When you or someone you love is involved in an Atlanta motorcycle accident, chances are likely that severe injury may follow. Unlike cars and semi trucks, motorcycles have no steel reinforced cage around them to protect their riders from injury. And, unlike a car, a motorcycle does not come equipped with an airbag.
Sometimes motorcycle accidents in DeKalb County and throughout the rest of the state of Georgia occur for reasons outside the control of the motorcyclist. For example, other drivers could run red lights, drive over the speed limit, drive while intoxicated, or simply not look out for a motorcyclist.
When any one of these incidents take place, motorcyclists can suffer serious injuries like:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Fatal injuries
- Fractures (commonly the pelvis or shoulder)
- Road rash (severe friction burns from a motorcycle fall)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
However, Kalka & Baer attorneys point out five things that motorcyclists can do to prevent DeKalb County motorcycle crashes, including:
- Wear motorcycle helmets at all times. Wearing a helmet is the law in Georgia, and helmets have been proven to save lives and reduce traumatic brain injuries.
- Don’t drink and ride. When motorcyclists drive drunk, they are in more danger of a fatal motorcycle crash and may cause injuries to other innocent motorists.
- Check tire pressure and tread often. Tires are where the rubber meets the road and need to have the right pressure and tread in order to give enough traction to the vehicle.
- Drive responsibly. By driving the speed limit and not weaving in and out of traffic, motorcyclists have a better chance of not getting involved in a crash.
- Use turn signals. Signaling your intentions is critical to safe driving and avoiding a Georgia crash.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that was due to no fault of your own, you should talk with an experienced DeKalb County, GA accident attorney at (404) 907-1594 or (404) 835-8072. Call today for a free legal consultation with our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys.
For more safety information, Georgia Department of Driver Services offers a variety of programs to future and current motorcyclists through its Motorcycle Safety Program. Its program offers low cost, professional training to help riders have enjoyable and safe rides. The training includes: effective turning, traffic strategies, braking maneuvers, maintenance, protective gear and more.