This past Thursday saw an unfortunate but all-too-common incident in Gwinnett County: a motorcyclist was hit by a truck, and the victim is in critical condition in Gwinnett Medical Center.
There is the problem of who’s at fault. The Journal-Constitution only says that the truck made a left turn into the victim who was proceeding southbound, and that charges have yet to be filed pending an investigation. So one can guess endlessly at the accident’s circumstances: was the motorcyclist’s visibility compromised by a curve or a hill? Was he or she speeding through a red light, or accelerating to beat a yellow? Were they wearing a helmet and other proper road gear? Or did the truck simply misjudge his or her left turn?
Who knows, but we do know one thing for certain: the road fatality rate for motorcyclists is much higher than that of their car- and truck-driving counterparts. A motorcycle is simply no match for a truck, whether that truck is an eighteen-wheeler or a pickup. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “per vehicle mile traveled in 2007, motorcyclists were about 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash.”
What this seems to boil down to is that drivers must never make careless decisions around motorcycles, because they may well find themselves with a death on their conscience. But the broader lesson here is that it’s critical to follow traffic laws all of the time, not just some of the time when it “seems safe,” because you never know what you’ll find just beyond the curve.
If you or someone you care about has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, don’t delay in seeking legal help from a personal injury attorney who specializes in motorcycle cases. The attorneys at the Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle, PC have decades of experience in fighting for the rights of motorcyclists. Contact us to find out how we can fight for yours.