How can you increase your safety on a motorcycle?

Each day, motorcycle accidents occur in Georgia. Accidents are dangerous for all vehicles, but particularly so for motorcycles. Motorcyclist fatalities were at nearly 5,000 in 2018, reports the NHTSA. While the numbers went down from years before, it is still an overrepresentation of driver fatalities. In order to remain safe, motorcyclists must take extra precautions. 

Before you hit the road, make sure that your motorcycle is ready for the road. Check the tread, headlights, brakes, fluid levels and signals before you hit the road. If you plan to carry cargo, then secure your load and balance it out before the drive. 

To remain safe, even in the face of an accident, you must protect your body from injury. The most devastating injury that motorcyclists suffer from are brain injuries. The proper helmet meets the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Your arms and legs should also remain covered. Heavy denim or leather are the safest. Footwear should be boots or shoes that cover your ankles, whereas handwear should provide you with grip. 

On the road, you are responsible for yourself. To lessen the chance of accidents, do not take risks. Obey all traffic laws, signs, markings and stay with the flow of traffic. The majority of accidents occur because other drivers do not notice motorcyclists. Make yourself as visible as possible. Pay extra attention to other drivers and practice caution at intersections. Additionally, you can apply reflectors to your bike and use reflective materials in your outfit to increase visibility. 

The above information is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be legal advice. 

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