Motorcycle Safety in Georgia

Sheryl L. Burke
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As a motorcyclist, there are certain proactive steps you can take to minimize the likelihood that you will be seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Georgia. While you cannot control the actions of a negligent driver, you can do your best to protect yourself from committing a driving/operating error. Below, we have outlined a few motorcycle safety tips:

Learn How to Properly Use Your Emergency Brake

To avoid the danger of getting into a motorcycle crash in Georgia, you have to know how to quickly slow down from being engaged at top speed through proper use of the emergency brake (the front brake).

Learn how to properly engage the emergency brake as you are learning to ride your cycle. Many riders will lock the front brake when they perform a hard stop, falling off the bike in the process. As a result, they will show trepidation at using it, which leaves them more likely to crash.

You cannot be afraid of utilizing either your front or rear brakes when it could mean your life. If you feel unconfident in this particular skill, do not hesitate to take a refresher motorcycle safety course and talk to the instructor about your reservations. Using your emergency brake may be critical in cases where a negligent driver turns in front of you.

Stay Alert to Your Surroundings

Unfortunately, you must assume that other drivers will not be able to see you, or that they will fail to look for you. As such, you must drive defensively and stay alert to your surroundings at all times. Keep your eyes open for other drivers who might be making sudden turns or who are tailgating or swerving in and out of lanes.

Learn How to Counter-steer

Part of driving defensively is knowing how to steer in the opposite direction-counter-steer-in the event that an irresponsible driver comes into your lane or makes a sudden stop or turn in front of you.

To learn more about how driver negligence can lead to a motorcycle crash in Georgia, please visit our article library. 

Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law.  To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case.

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