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5 ways motorcyclists can protect themselves and prevent crashes

Operating any type of motor vehicle requires a certain amount of skill and responsibility. Drivers need to be properly trained and licensed, and they must understand that their actions directly affect their safety and the safety of everyone around them. This duty is the same whether you operate a massive commercial vehicle or a much smaller motorcycle.

If you do operate a motorcycle, though, you must also be aware of the fact that you are more vulnerable to catastrophic injuries in the event of a crash. Because of this, you can and should take some important precautions to protect yourself and prevent a crash.

  1. Obey traffic laws. Make sure you use turn signals, avoid speeding and make safe lane changes.
  2. Don't take unnecessary risks. Motorcyclists are small enough that they can fit between cars and other places where they maybe shouldn't be. Taking the risk of riding where you shouldn't be riding is unnecessary and dangerous.
  3. Wear protective gear. This includes helmets, rash guards, protective eyewear and gloves.
  4. Make yourself visible. Use your headlights, stay out of people's blind spots and ride a safe distance from other cars. Failure to do this could make it difficult for other people to see you.
  5. Be alert for unsafe motorists. Look out for swerving cars, drivers who follow too closely and people exhibiting erratic behaviors. These drivers could be impaired by alcohol, distraction or something else.

These are some easy ways to stay safe when you are on your motorcycle. Unfortunately, despite these and the numerous other precautions that riders often take on Georgia roads, they can still be severely injured when others fail to take the same precautions.

Motorcyclists are at a very real risk of death or serious injury in the event of an accident. In fact, they are far more likely to be hurt or killed in a crash when compared to people in cars, so safety needs to be a priority for everyone. When it is not and a rider is involved in an accident, legal action may be necessary to help victims and their families recover damages.

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