Warmer Weather Brings Out the Cyclists

Categories: Accident Victims

When Atlanta gets a break in the weather, you know it on the freeway. Not only do sunroofs open up and convertible tops go down, but the motorcycle riders are out in full force.

With spring approaching, it’s important to keep an eye out for motorcycle riders. Use your mirrors and take a second look. Stay aware of cyclists that are in your vicinity and keep an eye on them as they switch lanes or exit the freeway. While it’s important that drivers keep an eye out for bikers, if you ride, take it upon yourself to assume the drivers around you are not looking for you or can’t see you.

The most common complaint in an automobile accident involving a motorcycle is, “I didn’t see him!” Unfortunately, that is no excuse. Whether it is the sun in their eyes, the location of the rider, or a lack of attention, drivers commonly proclaim that they did not see the cyclist. While that’s why you call accidents “accidents,” when it comes to motorcycles, there’s no such thing as a “minor” accident, and injuries often occur.

Motorcycle riders who are hit by cars or trucks are far more likely to end up hospitalized, even at slow speeds. Injuries from a motorcycle crash can be severe, even if the crash itself is not. A minor motorcycle accident can keep a rider out of work for months.

If the cyclist isn’t wearing a helmet, head injuries are common and can be life-long. The good news is that there have been fewer motorcycle accidents in Georgia over the last few years, and therefore fewer injuries, and the numbers are starting to trend down.

Both automobile drivers and cyclists need to take responsibility for maintaining safety on the roads. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident in Georgia, and you need legal representation, you will find David Van Sant to be knowledgeable about the law, easy to talk to, and ready to help. For more information, contact David Van Sant today.