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Fatal motorcycle accidents prompt safety discussion in Georgia

Road conditions, reckless drivers and auto defects: there is no shortage of causes for incidents on Georgia highways. Unfortunately, people on motorcycles may face more serious injuries than people riding in cars when a crash occurs. A fatal motor vehicle accident involving motorcyclists often prompts a community to determine what happened and how it can be prevented, as is the case with several recent incidents.

The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s executive director is letting residents know that everyone on the road is responsible for the safety of people on motorcycles. He stated that when the driver of a car is distracted, it can be easy for him or her to miss a motorcycle. These drivers may not provide enough space between their car and the motorcycle. In other situations, they may fail to give the bike the right of way.

His message comes on the heels of several recent incidents, two of which were fatal. In one, a 32-year-old motorcycle rider was killed when a delivery truck ran a stop sign and crashed into him. In another event, a woman on a motorcycle drove into oncoming traffic, which resulted in her death and injuries to her passenger. In a third crash, a motorcycle and a bus crashed, though the rider’s medical condition has not yet been released.

The executive director of the state’s Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is also urging anyone who wants to operate a motorcycle to obtain their full licenses and take the classes necessary to learn how to handle the bike safely. Anyone who has questions about matters such as these should contact an attorney.

Source: WTOC, “Motorcycle crashes claim riders, Georgia pushes for driver awareness,” Dal Cannady, Oct. 12, 2015

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