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Why are motorcycle accidents often fatal?

On Behalf of | Apr 9, 2024 | Personal Injury |

When the temperatures start to warm, motorcyclists in Atlanta and beyond are ready to ride. And while riding a motorcycle may be the most exciting mode of transportation, it can also be the deadliest.

How can motorcyclists and motorists ensure that Atlanta’s roadways are safe for everyone?

The grim statistics

In 2021, there were 185 motorcycle fatalities in Georgia. Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in an accident than vehicle drivers.

Motorcycles offer riders minimal protection in the event of a crash. While enclosed vehicles have safety features such as airbags and seatbelts, motorcyclists are exposed to direct impacts with the road, cars or other obstacles. Even low-speed collisions can lead to severe injuries.

The size disparity between motorcycles and larger vehicles, such as cars and trucks, also increases the risk of a crash. Riders are more susceptible to being overlooked or undetected by other motorists. Combined with motorcycles’ limited stability and the potential for ejection upon impact, the risk of severe injuries is elevated.

There are also common traffic scenarios that exacerbate the likelihood of motorcycle fatalities. Left-turning cars, lane-switching incidents, head-on collisions, and cars rear-ending motorcycles are among the prevalent causes of fatal accidents.

The state of Georgia recognizes the increased likelihood of a motorcycle accident being fatal. The Georgia Department of Driver Services Motorcycle Safety Program has received a grant that will be used to decrease motorcycle fatalities and increase driver awareness.

Motorcyclists should always wear a DOH-approved helmet, visible riding gear, gloves, long pants, and boots. Vehicle drivers must always look twice and check their blind spots for motorcycles before turning or changing lanes.

If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. While compensation can’t make up for your loss, it can help with final expenses and the replacement of lost income.