At least half a dozen fatalities have occurred as a result of motorcycle crashes in recent months in the metro-Atlanta area. Motorcycle crashes are especially prone to fatalities because of the lack of protection for motorcycle riders, should they be involved in a collision.
Just last week, a man was killed on his motorcycle on northbound I-85 near the I-985 split. A vehicle driving in front of the motorcyclist hit a tire tread, causing the tread to fly into the path of the man’s motorcycle. He hit the tread and lost control of his bike, laying it down. The bike came to rest in the center lane of northbound traffic. An oncoming truck was unable to stop in time or avoid hitting the biker.
One rider died after a multi-vehicle collision. The 31-year-old was riding a Kawasaki Vulcan, a model almost as old as the rider himself. He died Aug. 20 after being struck by two different vehicles on I-75 in Cobb County.
That accident was determined to be caused by a 32-year-old man driving a silver Porsche. The man fled the scene of the accident. Police arrested him and his female passenger two weeks after the accident. They are charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, hit and run, tampering with evidence and several other charges.
It is the responsibility of everyone on the road to look out for other traffic, including motorcycles. Unfortunately, not everyone is so careful and conscientious. Motorcycle riders hit on highways stand a great chance of suffering a fatal accident or a serious injury given the great speed at which both motorcycles and cars travel on those roads.