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a bicycle parked on a sidewalkWith 80 million bicyclists on the road with various motorized vehicles, drivers and bicyclists should always follow applicable laws and safety tips for the road. Since May is National Bicycle Safety Month, there has never been a better time to review the steps you can take to keep everyone safe. If you or someone you love suffered an injury while riding a bike, a knowledgeable Georgia personal injury lawyer can help.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

Although bicycling is an excellent form of physical exercise and a great way to enjoy the outdoors, it has inherent dangers. The number of deaths from bicycle accidents grew by 29 percent over eight years, from 793 in 2010 to 1,024 in 2017, according to data from Injury Facts®. Of the 1,024 bicyclist deaths in 2017, over 66 percent involved motor vehicles. In 2018 alone, 857 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. This represents a seven percent increase over 2017. Since 1975, bicyclist fatalities have decreased by 15 percent. This is good news, except that these fatalities reached their lowest point in 2010 and have since increased by 38 percent.

a man sitting on a motorcycleMotorcycles are becoming a more and more popular way to get around. They’re more fuel efficient, nimbler to maneuver, and are easier to park, but they also leave the bikers who ride them far more vulnerable to serious injuries. The fact is that nothing comes between the motorcyclist and the immense impact of an accident other than his or her helmet and safety gear, and that just isn’t enough when the accident is serious. Fortunately, there are 3 important safety strategies that can help you share the road more safely with motorcycles. If you’ve been injured by another motorist in a motorcycle accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney in the Atlanta area today. 

Strategy 1: Start Seeing Motorcycles

You’ve seen the bumper stickers stating, Start Seeing Motorcycles, but implementing this advice is the important bit. You know that you share the road with motorcycles, so make looking for them – and seeing them – part of your driving routine. Most importantly, don’t forget your vehicle’s blind spots. Many of us have become complacent about changing lanes after a quick peek in our mirrors, but motorcycles are so much smaller than other vehicles that they can remain hidden in one of your vehicle’s blind spots. Before changing lanes or merging, check all the way around your car and pay special attention to those blind spots. 

raindrops on a window show a wet congested roadywayHere in the Atlanta area – and the great State of Georgia in general – we experience wet weather throughout the winter months. Some drivers fail to take wet driving conditions into careful consideration when they get behind the wheel, and they often end up causing dangerous accidents. If a negligent driver leaves you injured in a wet-weather accident, it’s time to consult with an experienced Atlanta-area personal injury attorney. 

Wet Weather Accidents: The Statistics

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration shares significant statistics related to driving in adverse weather, including:

Heavy trafficThe Atlanta-Journal Constitution is reporting that we can expect an increase in vehicle traffic of almost 3% this year. More cars on the road doesn’t just mean more traffic – it also means that your chances of getting into an accident are higher than normal. Recognizing this fact can help you be prepared so that you can keep your family safe. 

The car accident lawyers at Slappey & Sadd have been working with car accident victims in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia since 1992. We have the knowledge and experience our clients need to get them the compensation they deserve. If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, we can help. Call us at 888-474-9616 or send us an email to schedule a free consultation about your case. 

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