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CDC Recommendations on Motorcycle Safety

As spring arrives, you can almost certainly expect motorcycle enthusiasts to pull their bikes out of storage and start riding again. As enjoyable and exciting motorcycle riding can be, it can also be extremely dangerous. Motorcycles offer virtually none of the same protections and safety devices found in passenger vehicles, making their operators much more vulnerable to injury in the event of an accident. Motorcycle accident injuries can range in severity from minor cuts and scrapes to broken bones or serious head trauma. As a result, it is important to undergo a complete medical evaluation after a motorcycle accident to determine the extent of your injuries. If you believe that your accident may have been the result of someone else’s negligence, you should contact a Corinth personal injury attorney for a free consultation. The lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to representing the rights of Georgians who have been injured in motorcycle accidents, and strive to obtain the best possible outcome in each case we take.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevention of serious injuries and fatalities that result from motorcycle crashes is a significant and growing public health issue. Some facts highlighted by the CDC include:

  • There were 4,502 motorcycle crash fatalities in 2010
  • Motorcycle related fatalities have increased by 55 percent since 2000

The one most important safety precaution a motorcycle rider or passenger can take is wearing a helmet. According to the CDC, helmets are estimated to prevent 37 percent of crash deaths in motorcycle riders and 41 percent among passengers. In addition to wearing a helmet, the CDC recommends that riders:

  • Make sure your helmet is DOT approved
  • Never ride after drinking alcohol
  • Take keys away from friends who have been drinking
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing
  • Do not tailgate other vehicles
  • Drive at a safe speed and use caution on slippery or gravelly surfaces

 

Contact a Corinth car accident attorney for a free consultation

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The best way to decide how to proceed is to have your case reviewed by an experienced personal injury attorney. It is important to document any information you can regarding your accident, and also to have a complete physical evaluation performed by a medical professional as soon as possible after your accident. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated personal injury lawyers who help injured people recover. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Coweta County car accident lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia