Motorcycles can be a fun way to get around. Those who ride them often talk about how freeing it can be, despite knowing it can also be dangerous. In motorcycle wrecks involving another vehicle, the rider is generally at greater risk of injury, since he or she doesn’t have the same protection that most other vehicles have. One recent example here in Georgia involves a young motorcycle rider who lost his life after being hit by an SUV.
According to police, the 24-year-old man was riding on a local highway on a recent early evening. An SUV in the midst of a left turn struck him. Officers reported that the driver of the SUV claimed she didn’t see any other vehicles and that there was a bit of a glare on her windshield from the sun.
The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, but died before he could be taken to a hospital for treatment. Officials say that they do not believe that alcohol was a contributing factor in the wreck, but they haven not finished their investigation. There is no word on whether charges will be filed against the driver of the SUV.
Though the driver of the SUV may not face any criminal charges, there are still legal options available to the family members of the motorcyclist. They could decide to pursue civil litigation against her in the hopes of collecting monetary damages. Damages could be used to cover costs resulting from the wreck, such as medical bills or funeral expenses. Any families here in Georgia who have lost loved ones to motorcycle wrecks may wish to consult an experienced personal injury attorney to determine the best course of action.