Motorcyclist Dies in Tragic Crash in Georgia
STATESBORO, GA- Statesboroherald.com writes that a motorcyclist died after a car drove into his path on the Veterans Memorial Parkway. The victim, a 33-year-old man, was riding southbound in the early afternoon when a 2017 Nissan Versa pulled in front of him. The 21-year-old woman driving the Nissan was attempting to turn left when she cut off the motorcycle.*
The victim reportedly attempted to change lanes to avoid the crash but skidded and struck the Nissan. The victim and the driver of the other vehicle were both transported to the hospital. The motorcyclist died a short while after the crash.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the incident and stated that charges might be filed.
Motorcyclists are in a vulnerable position because of their small size. In fact, about 41 percent of crashes involving motorcycles are caused by drivers not noticing the motorcycle. Left turning vehicles are a particular risk for motorcyclists because drivers are liable to cross in front of an oncoming bike, leaving little or no time for the motorcyclist to react.
In order to prevent such collisions, motorcyclists should wear brightly colored clothing to help ensure that drivers see them. Drivers are responsible for avoiding crashes with motorcyclists, but motorcyclists are the ones who will suffer the most severe consequences when a crash occurs. Wearing a helmet and other safety gear can also help prevent severe brain injuries and death in some cases.
Motorcycles have the same right to use the road as drivers do. Ideally, drivers would be more cautious and look for all vehicles, and pedestrians, in order to ensure that they are not putting others at risk.
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Sources:https://www.statesboroherald.com/local/fatal-crash-investigated/ and https://one.nhtsa.gov/links/GetUpToSpeed/index.html and https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycle-safety
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