I represent many motorcycle riders who have been injured in a wreck in Georgia. Frequently, the types of injuries motorcycle riders face are more severe than those sustained by people who are drivers or passengers in enclosed vehicles. Motorcycle riders face the added danger of operating their bikes among drivers who don’t pay enough attention to motorcycles. Riding can be extremely rewarding, but it’s important to take all the safety precautions necessary.
Know How to Operate Your Bike
Before you take your bike out on the road for the first time, it’s important to take a motorcycle training course. You should also periodically take refresher courses. The initial course will teach you important safety techniques you will need to stay safe on the road, and refresher courses will make sure these precautions are always in the forefront of your mind.
You also need to be knowledgeable about the specific bike you’re riding, and make sure you’re comfortable driving it in many different situations. If you’re about to ride a new bike you’ve never operated before, make sure you have a good feel for it. Get comfortable on it before you take it out on the road. Remember that all bikes behave differently in various weather conditions, and you might not know how a new bike will react to wet roads, heavy wind conditions, or different types of roads such as those that are paved, gravel, or sandy.
Wear Safety Gear
This is one of the most important things you can do to keep yourself safe on the road. In Georgia, helmets are required by law if you want to ride your motorcycle on the street. Helmets protect your head and face as their hard outer shell disperses the force of impact, and the liner inside the helmet lessens the force on your head and face by absorbing the shock of the impact.
Other safety gear is important as well. Leather jackets, long pants and long sleeved shirts help protect you from road rash, the cuts and abrasions motorcyclists get from coming into contact with the road in the event of an accident. Heavy, steel-toed boots will protect your feet and ankles, and gloves will protect your hands. You should also wear bright colored clothes to make it as easy as possible for other drivers to see you.
Be Aware of Other Vehicles
A motorcycle rider’s greatest danger is the other cars on the road. Why? Well, it’s very likely that most other drivers have never operated a motorcycle before. They have difficulty judging how fast a motorcycle is going, or how long it will take for a motorcycle rider to slow down and stop. They don’t pay close enough attention to motorcycles, and they don’t notice when they’re slowing to stop or make a turn. They don’t realize how severe weather conditions, such as snow and ice, can affect a bike.
Many drivers simply do not notice motorcycles, and do not pay close enough attention to the road around them. Since motorcycles are smaller than cars, other drivers might miss them if they’re only using their mirrors. A motorcycle might be obscured by another vehicle. You should drive with your headlight on at all times, and always drive defensively. You should assume many of the cars on the road with you are not paying close attention to you.
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