Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Report: Suwanee Man Dies in Motorcycle-Truck Crash in Gwinnett
Recently, a 25 year old man from Suwanee was killed in a two vehicle accident in Gwinnett County, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The motorcyclist was reportedly traveling north on McGinnis Ferry Road when a driver heading southbound in a Chevrolet Silverado began to make a u-turn at a green light near the road's intersection with Old Peachtree.The driver of the Silverado pulled in front of the approaching motorcyclist, who found himself unable to stop in time and was consequently ejected from the motorcycle. Emergency personnel transported him to the hospital where he tragically succumbed to his injuries. Police report that speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash, which is currently still under investigation.
Look Twice, Save a Life
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NTHSA), about one-half of all motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle and nearly 40 percent of all accidents were caused by vehicles turning left in front of the motorcycle.
One of the major dangers associated with motorcycles is their general lack of visibility. Motorcycles are smaller and harder to spot than many other vehicles. They also have less visible lights and are less common, leading drivers to anticipate them less than larger vehicles.
The saying "look twice, save a life" instructs motor vehicle drivers as to the importance of double checking for the presence of motorcyclists. Drivers hurrying to get to their destination, speeding, or otherwise distracted could fail to notice an approaching motorcyclist, which could cost the motorcyclist his or her life.
The following is a list of some simple but important steps, among others, that all drivers should follow to keep motorcyclists safe, according to the NHTSA:
- Always check your blind spots before changing lanes, paying close attention to the presence of motorcyclists;
- Double check for traffic at intersections before pulling out;
- Allow motorcyclists to have the whole lane and always provide motorcyclists with the same degree of respect you would provide other motorists;
- Leave at least four seconds between you and a motorcyclist;
- Stay focused on your driving and avoid distractions, such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking, or other activities that take your attention off of the road;
- Watch your speed as speeding drivers are less likely to notice a motorcyclist around them;
- Look twice before switching lanes, turning at an intersection, or pulling out onto a roadway in order to save the lives of motorcyclists around you.
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