- posted: Nov. 23, 2016
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
Law enforcement authorities continued to investigate a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred in Lawrenceville, Georgia September 20.
According to news reports, an SUV driven by a 49-year-old man struck a 55-year-old man who was riding a motorcycle. The rider died at the scene, and no charges have yet been filed against the driver of the SUV.
The dangers of motorcycle accidents
When a motorcycle collides with a passenger vehicle, the results can be devastating, as riders do not have the same protections as other drivers and passengers. The following are some of the most common injuries that result from motorcycle accidents:
- Head injuries: Even riders who are wearing helmets may experience severe head injuries, leading to a concussion, a cracked skull or long-term brain damage. This could leave the victim permanently disabled.
- Road rash: When a motorcyclist slides across hard pavement or gravel, the friction may rub way layers of protective clothing. Severe bleeding and permanent nerve damage may result from these injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries: Injuries to the neck or back may leave the victim with nerve damage, paralysis and several other long-term medical issues. In many situations, these injuries take a few days or even a couple of weeks to show symptoms.
- Broken bones: The impact that comes from being thrown off a bike often results in broken and fractured bones. Most commonly, this includes broken arms and legs or dislocated shoulders, among other injuries.
All drivers have a responsibility to watch out for motorcyclists on Georgia’s roads and highways. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, speak with a knowledgeable Atlanta personal injury lawyer at McMenamy Law LLC immediately.