Moon Road Motorcycle Crash Kills One
COLUMBUS, GA- Wrbl.com writes that a fatal motorcycle wreck occurred on Moon Road earlier this week in Columbus. The Muscogee County coroner’s office stated that the victim was a 56-year-old man. The motorcyclist died at the Midtown Medical Center from blunt force trauma injuries.*
Reports indicate the motorcycle and an SUV collided in the late afternoon. The crash led to delays on roads in the area.
Fatal motorcycle crashes are on the decline in Georgia. While motorcyclist fatalities still outpace other vehicle deaths in the State, the number of deaths in 2017 marked a 25.9 percent decrease as compared to 2016. In 2016, motorcycle deaths were at the highest amount in eight years, with 170 reported fatalities. One year later, 126 motorcycle deaths occurred. The same period saw an almost nine percent drop in motorcycle deaths across the United States.
Georgia is one of nineteen states that require anyone on a motorcycle to use a helmet. In most states, only certain motorcyclists are required to use helmets. These partial helmet laws typically require helmet use for riders under a certain age and then leave the decision up to the individual once they are older. Three states, New Hampshire, Iowa, and Illinois, do not have any requirements for motorcycle helmets at all, meaning anyone at any age can ride without a helmet. However, not wearing a helmet is incredibly dangerous.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) writes that helmets reduce the risk of death by 37 percent and lower a motorcyclist’s risk of severe brain injury by 67 percent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention support helmet laws as the best way for states to save money and lives. However, many motorcyclists feel the choice to wear one or not should be left to the rider.
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Source:https://www.wrbl.com/news/man-dies-after-suv-and-motorcycle-accident-on-moon-road/ and https://patch.com/georgia/atlanta/motorcycle-fatalities-drop-ga-which-has-strict-helmet-law and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4779790/