In a time when other types of accident fatalities are decreasing in the state, Georgia motorcycle accident deaths are increasing. From 2000 - 2006, 774 people died and 15,292 people were injured in Georgia motorcycle crashes. Both the number of registered motorcycles and the rate of crashes are increasing, and it is important that safety be considered before more people are hurt or killed.

Motorcycle drivers, perhaps more than other drivers, must rely on using good judgment in order to avoid painful or deadly accidents. Without the protections of a car or truck, motorcycle riders are more susceptible to injury and death.

However, there may be technological changes that could benefit motorcycle riders and help make motorcycles safer.* One of the things that motorcycle manufacturers and federal regulators are looking at is anti-lock brakes. Specifically, they are interested in finding out whether anti-lock brakes could help bikers stay on their bikes when they have to stop quickly. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the chances of dying in a motorcycle crash with anti-lock brakes may be 37% lower than the chances of dying in a crash without anti-lock brakes. BMW intends to make anti-lock brakes standard on all if its motorcycles for model year 2012.

Contact an Atlanta Accident Attorney if You've Been Hurt

While anti-lock brakes may decrease accident fatalities and injuries, they will not eliminate them. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle crash, please contact an auto accident lawyer. Atlanta has a great climate for motorcycle riding, but it is not without risks. Your Atlanta auto accident lawyer may help you recover damages if you've been hurt. Call 1.770.518.1133 today for a free consultation.

*Source: Antilock Brakes aren't Just for Four Wheels, Wall Street Journal, by Joseph B. White, June 29, 2011
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