In our last post, we shared some safety tips for new and returning riders. For all riders, safety should be top of mind when purchasing a new bike or starting the spring riding season. We shared information about rider training, choosing a bike that “fits” and other key steps riders can take to keep their rides safe and sound. Here are a few more tips and reminders for our readers on bike and riding safety as the spring season begins.
Helmet Use Can Help
Georgia law requires that all motorcycle riders wear a helmet. Additionally, eye protection is required when the motorcycle has no windshield. Around the country there is controversy among riders about the use of helmets. Some riders have lobbied to remove helmet requirements from their respective state laws. There are many states in which helmet laws were enacted and then repealed. Even though use of a helmet might not be preferred by some riders, it can protect riders from serious injury.
Not every motorcycle accident involves a head injury. But according to statistics reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, when a rider goes down with no helmet and suffers a head injury, that injury is nearly forty percent more likely to be fatal. The rider is also much more likely to suffer a brain injury. As we have learned over the past few decades, even a minor concussion can cause what is called Mild Traumatic Brain Injury or MTBI. These aren’t mild to those who suffer headaches, dizziness, confusion and other issues for months after. So imagine what a more serious brain injury can involve. Helmet use is a wise choice for all riders.
Choose the Right Helmet
All helmets are not created equally. The best helmets are those that are certified by the Department of Transportation or recommended by the Snell Memorial Foundation which has even tougher safety standards for helmets. If you haven’t purchased a new helmet for a while, check out the newer versions. They are lighter and more comfortable than ever before and can help with other aspects of riding. Once you have selected your helmet, remember that they too do not last forever. Those in the know say that helmets should be replaced every five years or so. Remember, improvements are being made every year in all aspects of safety technology and helmets are included in that.
Road Hazards and Spring Weather
We hear a lot of talk these days about America’s infrastructure. Roads that are not well maintained can be harmful to bikers. Road safety is of greater concern after the winter months when pot holes and other hazards can be particularly treacherous. A blow out of a tire when you are on two wheels can be a serious challenge. Watching for road hazards requires concentration. Watch your speed as well so that you can maneuver around a road hazard or object in the road, if necessary.
Now that the weather will improve, spring rains and storms will come along as well. Weather is a very important issue for bike safety. Rain can mean slippery roads, especially after a dry period during which oil and other materials accumulate on the roads. Be extra cautious in rainy weather, avoid sudden turns or stops and keep your speed in check.
Georgia riders are welcome to contact Scholle Law for information after an accident or injury. For the past two decades, we have represented riders and helped them and their families to recover money and get medical support. We do not charge for a consultation about your accident. In most cases, we do not get compensated until you do. Please feel free to contact us at any time for more information about our law practice.