As the air gets even warmer in Georgia, more and more people are taking the opportunity to hop on their motorcycles and enjoy the beautiful scenery and weather. And while those rides can provide a feeling of freedom and enjoyment, an increased number of motorcycles on the road also means more accidents. And that is why the Georgia Department of Driver Services again announced that last month was Motorcycle Safety Month, reminding everyone to be a little safer on the roads.
“Motorcycle accidents are going to be much more dangerous for the one on the bike rather than those in other motor vehicles,” says Alan Hamilton, a St. Simons personal injury attorney with Shiver Hamilton. “As such, it is the responsibility of everyone to ensure that we reduce the number of those accidents as much as possible.” Luckily, there are several ways bikers and drivers can do that.
Motorcyclists need to do whatever they can to keep themselves safe. This means wearing the right type of protective clothing depending on when they are going to be riding. Bright colors should be worn during the day, while reflective gear that can become brighter under streetlights and headlights should be worn at night.
When bikes are not equipped with turn signal lights, motorcyclists should always use hand signals to let other drivers know where they will be headed. In addition, they should also always make sure other drivers can see them, which includes not following other vehicles too closely or weaving too quickly in and out of lanes.
But other drivers have a responsibility to ensure motorcyclists are kept safe as well. The main cause of most motorcycle accidents is that another driver simply did not see them. To prevent this from happening, drivers need to be aware that there will be an increase of the number of motorcycles on the road this time of year and always be on the lookout for them.
Of course, both drivers and motorcyclists need to observe and obey the rules of the road at all times. This includes not driving faster than posted speed limits, driving with running lights turned on at all times, and not driving recklessly such as while texting or after having a few drinks.
It is also important to remember that while there may be one month of the year dedicated to motorcycle safety, it is an issue that everyone needs to remember any time they head out on the road.