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Fatal Motorcycle Accident As Spring Returns Bikers To Georgia Roads

Spring is right around the corner, believe it or not. As the weather warms up and this icy winter becomes a distant memory, drivers will once again be sharing the road with motorcycles. Unfortunately, that also means that the news will begin carrying stories of fatal motorcycle accidents.

Just this week, the driver of a motorcycle was fatally injured when he struck the rear-end of a left-turning vehicle in Douglas County. After the initial collision, the driver of the motorcycle crashed head-on into a Dodge Ram pickup. The motorcycle driver did not survive the injuries; the two other drivers were not hurt in the mutli-vehicle crash.

The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) recommends that all motorcycle riders and drivers where protective gear, including a helmet, face and/or eye protection and protective clothing. With one in five motorcycle crashes resulting in a head or neck injury, the proper protective gear can be anything that will help you walk away from a crash with minimal to no injuries.

Interestingly, DDS reports that the majority of motorcycle crashes happen during the first few minutes of a short ride. It's important to be alert, cautious and defensive at all times behind the wheel, but statistics would indicate that the period right after a biker jumps on his or her ride is the most important time.

Protective clothing should include a jacket, pants, gloves and boots or shoes. If you are riding in cold weather, you should be ready for the added chill of the wind as you travel. Driving a motorcycle with cold hands and feet may mean that you don't have the ability to control the bike as you would like to be able to, making a crash more likely.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Fatal motorcycle wreck reported in Douglas County," March 4, 2014

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