The number of motorcycle crashes in Georgia dropped in 2012, but motorcyclists are still killed at a much higher rate per capita than passenger car occupants, according to Georgia’s Office of Highway Safety. A recent event at Lake Lanier brought attention to the problem of motorcycle accidents as part of a national campaign to increase motorcycle safety.
Georgia has more than 200,000 registered motorcycles, and according to statistics, these riders are more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than operators of any other type of vehicle. Georgia is a favorite spot for motorcycle riders due to its varied geography and warm climate, so every year thousands of bikers take to the roads across the state. In 2012, 132 of these bikers died in crashes on Georgia highways.
While the number of deaths in 2012 was slightly less than the 148 recorded in 2011, motorcycle fatalities still made up 11 percent of all deaths on Georgia highways. Motorcycles only make up 2.3 percent of the vehicle registrations in the state, indicating that this form of transportation has many more deaths per owner than other forms. Nationally, motorcycles make up three percent of vehicle registrations and 14 percent of all traffic accident fatalities.
Victims of a motorcycle crash may be entitled to collect damages from a negligent or careless driver who causes the accident. A personal injury attorney may be able to assist these victims in collecting compensation for medical bills, living expenses, lost wages and other costs as well as payment for pain, suffering and mental anguish sustained the motorcycle crash.
Source: The Moultrie Observer, “Slight reduction in motorcycle deaths not enough, state says,” May 9, 2013