The fact that motorcycle operators and their passengers do not have a steel frame surrounding them to provide protection is one of the reasons catastrophic injuries are common in a motorcycle collision with a car or other motor vehicle. This is why it is important for motorcycle riders to take precautions before going out on the road to minimize the chances of becoming a motorcycle accident victim.
According to Georgia officials, most catastrophic injuries and deaths associated with a motorcycle crash are caused by either a neck injury or a head injury. Wearing a helmet increases your chances of surviving a motorcycle accident.
Helmets should meet federal standards and should not show signs of cracks or other defects that could limit their effectiveness in protecting you in the event of an accident. If the helmet is not equipped with a face shield, state law requires you to wear some form of eye protection, such as goggles or other eyewear made specifically to protect you from dust, dirt and pebbles that might be kicked up by other vehicles.
The type of clothing you wear can also provide protection from injuries in a motorcycle collision. Jackets and long pants can provide protection from the road surface when you hit the ground during a motorcycle accident. Gloves serve the same purpose in protecting your hands.
Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are about what you wear and how carefully you ride, a collision caused by a distracted driver entering an intersection against a red light or other situation created by a negligent driver could still happen. A consultation with a Macon personal injury attorney with experience handling motorcycle accident cases is a good way to learn more about your right to compensation when you are a motorcycle accident victim.