When I saw the headline about another Atlanta-area biker killed, I immediately thought that it could be an intersection crash. And it was. It is a consistent problem for bikers. The dangers of not being seen when turning in an intersection. This is one of the most dangerous places for riders and we have posted about this problem in the past. I have represented motorcycle injury and crash victims in my Atlanta metro law practice and I have helped them recover from intersection crashes, holding those responsible accountable.
In the fatal motorcycle intersection crash earlier this week a rider was killed while riding at night on Cobb Parkway. This biker was riding his Harley Davidson and was hit by a vehicle driven by a 21-year old driving a Mazda. The initial reports of the accident note that the Mazda made a left turn directly into the path of the motorcycle. The rider was taken to Well Star Kennestone Hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Authorities continue to investigate this crash and its cause.
Georgia law requires that drivers approaching an intersection for a turn or otherwise, must yield the right of way to oncoming traffic in intersections. In the cases I have handled that involve motorcycle injury and fatality, the failure to yield has often played a major role. Under Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 40-6-73 the “driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a roadway from any place other than another roadway shall yield the right of way to all vehicles approaching on the roadway to be entered or crossed.”
I cannot stress enough the importance of riders knowing how to handle intersection situations. The Georgia Motorcycle Operator’s Manual is an excellent resource for bike riders. It has very helpful information about riding as safely as possible in certain situations. We know that riders are more vulnerable to being struck by other drivers while in intersections. Motorcycle safety statistics around the country reveal that intersections present the greatest potential for collision between bikes and other traffic. It is said that more than half of all accidents involving motorcycles and passenger vehicles are actually caused by other drivers entering a rider’s right-of-way.
We have posted in the past about how to handle intersection situations as safely as possible. In an upcoming post we will review those tactics and strategies. In the meanwhile, please ride safely.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash, please contact me at my law offices — The Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle — to discuss your situation. I can evaluate your accident at no charge to you. I have represented many families of injured victims and I know that help is a big part of recovering from the trauma of a motorcycle crash is to have legal and medical support.