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How to keep Georgia motorcyclists safe

Every day, motorcycle riders across the country are injured in accidents with passenger vehicles. In the state of Georgia, conditions are no different. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association reports that in the first 9 months of 2013, 102 motorcyclists were killed. That number only lowered slightly in 2014 as 101 motorcycle fatalities occurred during the same time period.

Often, the motorcyclist’s rights are violated by other vehicles when these crashes occur. The small size makes the motorcycles hard to see and can lead to collisions with cars, often during lane changes and left turns. While helmet use is reported as very high in the state, operators and passengers on two-wheeled vehicles have a much higher risk of death in an accident than motorists in more protective, less-susceptible vehicles.

While drivers of any vehicle should obtain proper education and licensure and avoid driving while intoxicated, those in passenger vehicles have the responsibility of making the roads a safe place for all motorists. advises drivers to be extra aware of their surroundings by avoiding any distractions. Inattentive drivers are often the cause of motorcycle fatalities, so concentrating on the road and looking twice before changing lanes is an important habit to develop.

Another way drivers can keep motorcyclists safe is by allowing them extra room when following and signaling turns sooner than normal. A motorcycle can generally stop faster than a car, making it important for other drivers to stay farther back to allow themselves plenty of room to stop. Turn signals are important because, despite the motorcyclists ability to react quickly, signaling longer gives motorcycle operators more notice of the change and less chance of a collision. These are just a few of the practices that can save the lives of all motorists on the roads.

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