You love riding your motorcycle in Atlanta. The weather is great, and you have plenty of places you can go. As a motorcyclist, you should know that you are at a higher risk of being injured. You could be badly hurt if you’re hit by another vehicle, and statistics show that you’re more likely to be hit than others.

In 2016, 5,286 people were killed in motorcycle crashes. In 2017, it was found that motorcyclists made up 14% of all traffic deaths in the country.

Common causes of motorcycle crashes include:

  • Dooring
  • Speeding
  • Sudden stops
  • Left-turn collision
  • Driving while intoxicated or under the influence
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Inexperience

Want to be safer on your motorcycle? Choose a safer model

Some motorcycles are less dangerous than others. These include the:

  • Touring models with extra features for long rides
  • Cruisers, which tend to have toned-down engines
  • Standard models, which aren’t as fast or agile as sport bikes
  • Dual-sport bikes, which have additional stability

If changing your motorcycle isn’t an option, some other things you can do to be safe include:

  • Using reflective gear
  • Wearing a helmet
  • Making eye contact with drivers, so you know they see you
  • Slowing down, so you’re more likely to have time to slow down or stop to avoid a crash

It isn’t just your job to make sure you stay safe, but by taking precautions, you can help. Motorcycle crashes do impact many people each year, and it is everyone’s responsibility to learn more, to be educated and to drive safely. Our website has more on what you can do if you’ve been a victim of a motorcycle crash or lost someone you love in a collision.