As we noted in our last post, all bikers can benefit from general riding and crash avoidance training. Georgia riders are fortunate to live in a state in which ongoing training is available for all skill levels. In representing many bikers in my law practice as a Gwinnett County motorcycle crash lawyer, I have seen many examples of the dangers out there to bikers when drivers do not see them.
In addition, there are conditions and circumstances that riders encounter that can result in even greater harm if they are not prepared and ready to know what to do in case of an emergency situation. And there are many situations in which there is little a rider can do. An example of this occurred just recently, as a Lawrenceville man lost his life when an elderly driver apparently failed to see him and his passenger in a parking lot. She turned directly into them and killed the man and very seriously injuring his passenger.
As we are all aware, drivers are driving more distracted than ever, and it only takes a momentary lapse for a driver to fail to see a bike. This is particularly an issue at intersections when one vehicle or bike is attempting to make a left turn. It makes sense for all bikers and drivers to hone their skills in driving defensively.
There are three levels of training offered in these training courses. Since scooters have become a very popular mode of transportation these are also now permitted to participate in the beginning and experienced rider courses.
The beginning rider’s course is intended to provide many essential skills for riders that do not have experience. This course spans over two days and includes both a closed course and classroom time. Riders learn several key skills including how to handle difficult and critical traffic situations, the safe operation of a bike, the skills and mental state needed to manage traffic and challenging situations. Participants learn all aspects of basic riding, straight-line, turning, shifting and stopping. In addition, the class focuses on cornering, emergency braking and swerving. Other important areas that are covered include visibility and protection.
There are also an experienced rider and advanced rider courses that involve class discussions about how riders manage difficult situations to keep safe. These have some prerequisites, but if you want to check these out please click here for the experience rider program and here for the advanced program.
When you are injured on your bike, you need to know your rights and get medical help. We want you to ride safely and we want you to avoid accidents. But if you are involved in an accident we are here to help. Please contact me at my law offices for a free consultation regarding your situation.