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Motorcycle hazards to look for this summer

Georgia is a pretty motorcycle-friendly state to live in year-round. On almost any given day, you can take your bike out for a ride along the rolling hills of the countryside. But in the coming weeks, as the summer travel season ramps up, bikers need to be aware of the hazards on the roads.

The biggest threat to riders are drivers

Every single year motorcyclists in Georgia and the rest of the country find themselves at a significant disadvantage in collisions. Bikes, while a uniquely free way to travel, have few safety precautions. If a car or a commercial truck collides with your bike, you will likely receive significant injuries, such as:

  • Broken bones
  • Road rash
  • Traumatic head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputations

Often, the cause of these collisions is that the other driver that simply didn’t see you. Bikes, being so much smaller, more agile than any other vehicle on the highway, often find themselves in larger vehicles’ blind spots. That means if a car or a commercial truck must make a course change, the unseen motorcyclist is at great risk.

Furthermore, with an expected increase in the summer traffic over last year, you are much more likely to be riding on a congested road than you have in some time. And those people driving will have a lot less recent practice.

Know your surroundings

The first, most effective strategy for staying safe this summer is to pay close attention to the other vehicles on the road. However, intuition and watchfulness are often not enough, and it is best to give other vehicles as much room as possible.

No protection strategy is perfect. If you do get into an accident, a skilled personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you may rely on to get back on your feet.