A motorcyclist was critically injured last week in an accident that also involved a teen driver. According to a report from Fox 5, the accident occurred just after noon on Wednesday at the Marietta intersection of Cobb Parkway South and Polytechnic Lane. The Marietta Police Department noted that an 18-year-old woman was driving a Toyota Camry down Polytechnic Lane. When she attempted to make a left turn onto Cobb Parkway, she collided with a motorcyclist who was traveling southbound. The 28-year-old motorcyclist, from Alpharetta, was critically injured when he was thrown from his bike.
As explained by Ride Apart, left-turning drivers are one of the most common hazards that motorcyclists face. During a left turn on a solid green light, a driver is required to determine if there is a safe gap in traffic in which to make their turn. One major cause of left-turn motorcycle accidents is that a driver fails to judge the speed at which the bike is traveling and enters its pathway during the turn. Additionally, this type of accident can be caused by inattentional blindness, which refers to the way the brain processes a chaotic intersection by focusing on the largest hazards — such as trucks or SUVs — while failing to recognize smaller obstacles such as motorcyclists and pedestrians.
The National Safety Council notes that more than 82,000 motorcyclists and motorcycle passengers are injured in accidents in the U.S. each year. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in the Atlanta region that was caused by a negligent driver, an experienced attorney from Cambre & Associates can help you explore the legal options that are available to you for receiving compensation for the expenses and impacts you incurred as a result of the accident. We can also answer the questions you have about your case and tell you about the services we can provide to assist you as you navigate the motorcycle claims process. For your free case evaluation, send us a message.