When was the last time you noticed a motorcyclist while driving your car? It’s probably a question you have to think about for a little while, and even then, you can only think of one or two recently. However, there are more motorcyclists out there than you think, and they need you to notice them. It could be a matter of life or death.
What’s the Top Danger to Motorcyclists? Car Drivers.
It was 8:00 in the morning along a peaceful stretch of Pio Nono Avenue. This area isn’t known for being a spot where auto crashes happen, but on September 4th, that changed. A 39-year-old man was riding his black motorcycle down the road when he his path was suddenly obstructed.
A woman driving a Chrysler 300 southbound along Pio Nono Ave. made a U-turn, but she didn’t notice the motorcycle. She pulled out in front of the motorcycle, leaving nowhere for the rider to escape. He crashed into the car, suffering major injuries.
The rider was taken to Navicent Health in critical condition, while the driver was cited for failure to yield. Her registration was also suspended.
This kind of crash is something very familiar to motorcyclists all over Georgia. Vehicles turning in front of motorcycles is the number one cause of motorcycle accidents, so it’s important for drivers to be aware of their surroundings. If you are at an intersection—getting ready to take a turn—look once in both directions, then look again. It may take you an extra moment of time, but it could save a life.
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