If you are like a lot of people in Georgia, when the calendar turns to May and spring is fully in the air, you may long to get out and enjoy the fresh air and good weather by riding on your motorcycle. The freedom that is experienced when riding a motorcycle is unlike anything that can be felt in any passenger vehicle, even a convertible. Unfortunately, in exchange for open air all around you, you may be at an increased risk of serious injury if and when a wreck happens.
Georgia bikers, unfortunately, face a continued set of dangers on the road due to the actions of other motorists. From car doors opening in their paths to vehicles turning in front of them and more, motorcyclists must navigate many risky scenarios. Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that the number of riders killed in wrecks in Georgia in 2018 jumped to 154, up from 139 the prior year.
In looking at the NHTSA data from 2014 to 2018, more motorcycle fatalities occurred involving riders in their 20s than in other age groups. Among that cohort, a total of 207 lives were lost. Bikers in their 50s made up the next largest set of people killed in wrecks during those five years with 143 fatalities, following closely by riders in their 30s with 138 deaths.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle wreck, contact the Cheeley Law Group and we will help you evaluate your potential legal options.