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Share the Road: Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable people on the road.  Because they are motorized, these bikes and many types of scooters may travel as fast as other passenger vehicles or large trucks on the road.  However, they do not have seat belts, airbags, or similar safety features to protect a driver in case of a high speed accident.  Therefore, a motorcyclist puts himself at risk of involvement in a high speed accident with very little protection.  If you have been in an accident, make sure you call an auto accident attorney in Fayette County to help you recover.

Accidents happen more frequently when motorcyclists or other motorists are careless or distracted.  Though motorcycle operators cannot control how other drivers behave on the road, there are several tactics they can use to protect themselves as much as possible.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun a safety program entitled Share the Road, which encourages all types of vehicle operators, bicyclists, pedestrians, etc. to try to keep themselves and each other safe.  Here are some specific safety tips for motorcyclists from Share the Road:

  • Always wear a helmet and ensure it meets the helmet standards set by the United States Department of Transportation.  Helmets could be though only protection you have in case of a crash.
  • Conduct regular safety inspections of your motorcycle or scooter before each ride.
  • Wear proper protective clothing, including a jacket, gloves, and heavy boots.  Your skin should be covered by clothing with thick material, such as leather.
  • Pay attention, follow laws, and drive defensively.  As the smallest vehicles on the road, you cannot control other drivers, but you can control yourself.  Do not ride in between lanes or instigate aggressive driving.
  • Watch your speed and avoid blind spots around trucks.  Motorcyclists should actively realize that trucks accelerate and brake slower than motorcycles in order to avoid misjudging speed and hitting the back of a truck.  Similarly, the small size of motorcycles makes it easy for them to be in a blind spot when a truck is trying to turn or change lanes.

Ultimately, even if you are as safe as you possibly can be on a motorcycle, other drivers may still make mistakes and can cause serious accidents.  If you have been injured at the fault of another driver, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-487-8999 and an experienced accident lawyer will help you.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia