Motorcycle Crash Severely Injures One on Georgia 365 in Habersham County, Georgia (GA)
HABERSHAM COUNTY, GA- 11alive.com writes that a crash in Habersham County left a motorcyclist with severe injuries this week.*
Reports indicate that the victim is an investigator with the Banks County Sheriff’s Office. At the time of the collision, the officer was off duty. The Sheriff’s Office stated that the motorcyclist is now in the ICU recovering after being airlifted from the crash site to the Northwest Georgia Medical Center.
The community has offered well-wishes to the officer, whose doctors are optimistic about his ability to recover from the crash.
According to statistics, motorcycle fatalities declined by 4.7 percent in 2018. The total number of those killed that year was 4,985. One of the ways to reduce the number of those incidents is for motorcyclists to use helmets.
Studies suggest that 749 people died in motorcycle collisions in 2017 that could have survived if they had been using helmets. Helmets are estimated to have saved 1,872 individuals that year.
In many cases, speeding played a role in the severity of motorcycle crashes. In fact, 32 percent of deadly motorcycle incidents involved speeding riders.
While there are steps for motorcyclists to take to improve their safety, the fact that drivers overlook motorcyclists is one of the most common causes of deadly motorcycle crashes. Motorcycles are smaller than cars and drivers; therefore, they often fail to notice these vehicles. This is particularly problematic at intersections when drivers are making left turns. Drivers also often change lanes into motorcyclists, also because of the fact that they are less noticeable on the road and can even fall into a driver’s blind spots.
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