We are just four months into 2021, and it is very likely that Georgia will see the same or even higher numbers of motorcycle accident deaths compared to last year. According to Georgia transportation authorities, there has been a spike in motorcycle accident deaths in some counties in the state, including the Macon and Bibb County areas.
Macon saw as many as 5 motorcycle accident deaths in a span of less than 3 weeks recently. This number was more than the average number per year for the area in the past six years. This is even as the year’s peak motorcycling season has not even begun. When you consider that most pandemic-related restrictions in Georgia have now been lifted, it is easy to see the concern that the final tally this year will be greater than in 2020 during peak pandemic times.
Georgia transportation safety authorities blame the spike in motorcycle accident deaths on a higher number of motorists and motorcyclists on our roads. Now that the warmer weather is here, even more people will be on the motorcycles. The use of motorcycling as a means of transportation has become even more popular further adding to their presence on the roads.
Unfortunately, there has been an increase in aggressive and rash driving practices like distracted driving and speeding as well. There are far too many drivers who are distracted by their cell phones while driving, and therefore, unable to notice a motorcyclist in time to avoid an accident. The fact that so many of these crashes are fatal accidents indicates that these are high-impact events, typically under the influence of high speeds or inattention.
As a motorist in Georgia, it is important to be aware that you are likely to see more motorcyclists sharing the roads with you over the next few months. There has been an increase in the number of motorcyclists enjoying the warmer weather across Georgia. It’s important now more than ever to look out for motorcyclists. Do not be satisfied with the bare minimum when it comes to safety. Look carefully for motorcyclists who are some of the most vulnerable users of our roads. Be especially careful while making turns and at intersections.
As a motorcyclist, know that your chances of getting home safe rest on making yourself visible to the motorists around you. If a motorist can’t see you, he is less likely to avoid hitting you. Use neon-colored clothing to indicate your presence to motorists around you in the day time, and reflective strips or clothing at night to do the same.
The Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers at the Katz Law Firm represent persons injured in these accidents in the metro Atlanta region and across Georgia. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, talk to an experienced Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer at the Katz Law Firm about filing a claim for damages. You may be eligible for a claim that helps you recover compensation for medical expenses, lost income, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering and other damages.