Crash Results in the Death of Georgia Motorcycle Rider
A motorcyclist died the evening of June 18 in a collision with a Cadillac Escalade on Bay Creek Church Road near Loganville, Georgia. The 22-year-old rider was struck head on while he was making a left-hand turn. According to the Georgia State Patrol, charges are pending against the driver of the car involved in the wreck.
Riding a motorcycle is statistically more dangerous than driving in an enclosed vehicle. Often motorcycle crashes result in severe injuries or even death. In fact, there are 35 times more motorcycle accident deaths per mile traveled than car accident deaths. Helpful ways for riders to increase their safety include the following:
- Wear protective attire: Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has shown that for every 100 motorcyclists killed in an accident while not wearing a helmet, 37 of those riders would have survived if they wore a helmet. In Georgia, the law requires that all motorcycle riders wear helmets. Protective clothing and bright clothing can also help increase your safety, and improve your visibility to other drivers.
- Be aware of road risks: Hazards such as trash, foreign objects on the road and uneven pavement can pose great dangers to motorcycle riders. Further, rain, snow and sleet can create slippery conditions where motorcycles may lose traction. Motorcycle riders must be vigilant about potential obstacles while operating their vehicle. It is also essential that riders never share lanes with other cars, trucks or motorcycles. Proper distance is needed to avoid driving in another vehicle’s blind spot.
- Educate yourself: It is never a bad idea to learn more about the vehicle you are operating. For motorcyclists, a driving class or training from a professional may help you learn how to avoid serious injury. It is also essential for riders to understand how to fix and maintain all parts of their motorcycle. Finally, guidance from a professional will help you to better understand your skill level and ride accordingly on the road.
If you have been involved in a Georgia motorcycle accident and would like help determining the appropriate next steps, consult a skilled Atlanta attorney with McMenamy Law LLC.