A Georgia police officer was off-duty when he was killed in a motorcycle wreck west of Atlanta, according to reports from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. David Head was praised on social media as an outstanding police officer who served his community with distinction. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Although the rates of motorcycle accidents are decreasing, there are still thousands of families affected by these crashes each year. Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that more than 4,500 people were killed in motorcycle wrecks in 2014, and an estimated 92,000 sustained injuries.
Many drivers of passenger cars do not know how to adjust their behavior when driving around and alongside motorcycles. As a result, motorists often fail to notice or avoid motorcyclists, and even a minor collision can cause injuries or death.
Did your family member die in a motorcycle accident in Georgia? Contact an Atlanta personal-injury lawyer from The Finnell Firm to discuss your case.
You may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Call 866-464-4017 for a free consultation. You can read more about motorcycle accident lawsuits in Georgia by visiting USAttorneys.com.
Let's take a look at 12 effective tips to help motorcyclists avoid accidents and injuries:
12 Safety Tips for Motorcyclists in Georgia
Motorcycles are capable of great speeds and sudden maneuvers - which can catch other drivers off guard. While passenger car operators are expected to drive safely enough to prevent accidents with motorcyclists, it is also crucial that bikers practice safe, defensive riding habits every time they hit the road.
Some strategies to stay safe while driving a motorcycle include:
1. Wear reflective gear, especially when driving at night;
2. Keep your headlight on at all times;
3. Be mindful of blind spots of other vehicles;
4. Utilize a helmet that is in good condition;
5. Flash your brake light when slowing or stopping;
6. Watch for turning or swerving vehicles;
7. Signal your turns well in advance;
8. Never weave between lanes;
9. Refrain from drinking before driving;
10. Hone your driving skills before riding on busy roads;
11. Do not exploit your motorcycle's potential for acceleration;
12. And do not cross the centerline when overtaking.
Perhaps most important, motorcycle riders should purchase new helmets that have a certification from the Department of Transportation or Snell Memorial Foundation. A used helmet may have been damaged from a previous accident.
If you were hurt in a crash with a motorcycle, you may have grounds for a claim against the driver who caused the accident. Contact a personal-injury lawyer from The Finnell Firm to discuss your legal options.
Robert Finnell is an experienced accident attorney in Atlanta who has been successful in representing injured clients in cases involving medical product liability, workers' compensation, and catastrophic injuries such as brain and burn trauma. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free initial consultation.