Dalton motorcycle owners love to ride their big two-wheelers, especially during the warmer months. While it’s undeniable that riding a motorcycle has inherent risks that driving a car does not, there’s no substitute for the feeling of freedom a motorcycle provides.

While the risks are real, it should be noted that according to last year’s report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), an an overall decline of 5.6 percent in fatal motorcycle collisions for 2017 was predicted. Regardless, the same report acknowledges that bikers are still significantly overrepresented in proportion to all traffic deaths in the United States.

Stay safer on two wheels

Once you have accepted the inevitable risks associated with riding, the next step is to mitigate those same risks. Below are some safety tips for motorcycle riders:

  • Be alert for flying debris. What can present a minor hazard to a motorist can wind up causing a fatal accident for a biker. If you spot a vehicle with a load that appears to be improperly secured, attempt to quickly pass it and get out of harm’s way.
  • Always wear a helmet. Not only is it the law in Georgia, it just makes sense. In a crash, its protection is invaluable.
  • Never, ever tailgate. Not only can you get seriously injured (or worse) if the car ahead of you brakes suddenly, you might miss debris ahead on the highway.
  • Wear your gear. Yes, it can be hot donning leathers or special reinforced motorcycle gear in the heat of a Georgia summer or early fall, but if that gear can save your life, it’s a small price to pay.
  • Don’t forget your gloves. Your hands and fingers are some of the body parts that are most vulnerable in a motorcycle collision. A well-fitting pair of gloves can protect your digits in the unfortunate event of a crash.

When the worst happens

No matter how safety-conscious you are as a savvy motorcyclist, you are not impervious to the considerable threat posed by clueless motorists. Many drivers appear to be preoccupied with multitasking behind the wheel that leaves them distracted and oblivious to the two-wheeled riders with whom they share the roads.

If you are injured in a motorcycle collision, your recovery can be both protracted and costly. Seeking compensation from at-fault drivers can help sustain you financially during this difficult period.