It's no surprise that riding a motorcycle is a risky venture. In 2006 alone, the federal government estimated that 35 more motorcycle riders were killed per mile than passenger car drivers.

There are steps you can take to avoid a Georgia motorcycle accident, or to lessen the severity of possible injuries.

Get a Motorcycle License

This will often require a motorcycle safety course, written test and a skills test, as well as instruction from motorcycle safety professionals.

Don't Share Lanes with other Vehicles or Engage in Lane Splitting

Sharing a lane with a car or lane splitting can be dangerous because most drivers are not expecting another vehicle, much less a motorcycle, in their lane or riding between lanes. Visual recognition is limited in the case of motorcycles, so a driver could quickly change lanes and notice the motorcycle only when it is too late.

Be Honest About Your Skill Level

If you're just starting out on a bike, a major roadway is not a place to test your skills. Even if you've been riding for 20 years, don't push your bike to the limit when out in traffic.

Dress the Part

Select bright-colored clothes to make yourself visible to other motorists. Dress for protection, with long pants, boots, a jacket, gloves, glasses, and of course a DOT approved motorcycle helmet.

If you have been in a Georgia motorcycle accident because of another driver's negligence behind the wheel, an Atlanta personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover fair compensation, including accounting for your medical expenses, suffering and loss of income. 

When to Contact an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney

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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