It was a rough week for motorcyclists in Marietta during the third week of April 2020. Despite Georgia's COVID-19 lockdown, people are still going out and about on Marietta's streets and highways to run essential errands. Two motorcycle accidents there have left one man dead and another motorcyclist in critical condition.
First Accident Happened on I-75
The first motorcycle accident happened on Tuesday, April 14, at around 6 p.m. on I-75, where traffic was moving slowly because of another wreck that had occurred earlier further south. According to police, a 63-year-old man riding a Harley Davidson failed to slow his motorcycle down in the slow traffic and slammed into the back of a Peterbilt truck near the North and South Marietta Parkway Loops. The Harley rider was pronounced dead at the scene. This accident closed the southbound I-75 lanes for many hours as police investigated.
Critically Injured Rider in Second Wreck
The second motorcycle accident happened around 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, at the South Marietta Parkway and Fairground intersection. The wreck involved a motorcyclist, who was taken to the hospital and listed in critical condition, and one other car. The driver of the car had tried to turn left onto Fairground and hit the motorcyclist in the process. The driver of the car was not hurt, and police are trying to determine who had the right of way at the time of the accident.
Georgia Motorcycle Accidents Are More Likely to Be Severe
The fact is, motorcyclists are at an inherent risk when they ride their bikes, due to the fact that a motorcycle is often at a disadvantage when it comes to colliding with a car or truck. Even if the motorcyclist is wearing the best protective gear such as a Department of Transportation approved helmet, crash jacket and pants, and motorcycle boots, a motorcycle rider is much more likely to suffer severe injuries if they are involved in an accident. The severity of their injuries also means they are more likely to need a long hospitalization, possible surgery, and extended rehabilitation to recover. All of which means skyrocketing medical bills.
Most motorcyclists understand they are vulnerable when they are on the road and they take extra precautions because they know that many times, other drivers may not see them. If you were on your motorcycle and involved in an accident, a personal injury attorney will immediately begin investigating exactly what happened and who was at fault. The other driver whom you collided with may have been distracted or even impaired at the time of the accident, and they should be held accountable for your injuries.
A motorcycle accident is serious. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, the only thing you should be focused on is recovering from your injuries, not fighting with the insurance companies, or with the other driver. Contact a seasoned motorcycle accident attorney who will help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 404-939-4525 or contact The Hadden Law Firm online today.