On behalf of Perrotta, Lamb & Johnson, LLC posted in blog on Monday, June 5, 2017.
With summer finally here, you will likely be riding your motorcycle often. Cruising on your bike is both incredibly satisfying and dangerous. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Highway Loss Data Institute, the summer months are responsible for the majority of motorcycle fatalities, with July having the highest number of deaths.
However, there are things you can do to lower the risk of accident and injury. You can make yourself and your bike more visible, wear proper protective gear and learn what to do when you still get hurt.
Motorcycle helmets and safety gear
Georgia law requires all motorcycle riders, whether operator or passenger, to wear a helmet, regardless of age. In addition, your bike must have a windshield or else all riders must use protective eyewear. Those who are riding inside a motorized cart or an enclosed cab do not have to wear a helmet or eyewear, neither do those who are using a three-wheeled bike for agricultural tasks.
For maximum safety, also wear a leather jacket, riding gloves and other protective gear. It may not be a legal requirement, but it will reduce the bodily injury you receive in an accident.
The responsibility of other motorists
Despite the precautionary measures you take, drivers of other vehicles may still hit you. They may be drunk, distracted or reckless in any other manner. If another driver hits and harms you, you should not have to pay the consequences. With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, you can pursue damages from the responsible party to aid in the payment of medical care, lost income, permanent disability and other costs.