Motorcycles are very popular in the state of Georgia, and for good reason. Not only are they fun to ride, but they are economical and easy to maintain. However, since motorcyclists are exposed and minimally protected, traveling via motorcycle is less safe than traveling in passenger vehicles. Statistics say that motorcycle wrecks are about 35 times more likely to result in death compared to wrecks involving only passenger vehicles. Tragically, a high school teacher and coach lost his life in a recent motorcycle wreck.
The crash happened in Marietta on GA 92 during the afternoon hours. According to reports, the teacher was riding his motorcycle north on the highway, approaching a southbound pickup truck that was pulling a trailer. Reports said the truck attempted to make a left turn across the roadway and pulled into the path of the motorcyclist.
The ensuing collision knocked the motorcyclist off of his bike and fatally injured him. Authorities said he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they arrested the driver of the pickup truck. Reportedly, he was charged with second-degree homicide by vehicle, failure to exercise due care and failure to yield while turning left, among other serious charges. The wreck remains under investigation.
Although motorcycles can be exhilarating, they also have a reputation of being dangerous. Since roadways across the state of Georgia are becoming increasingly crowded, traveling by motorcycle is becoming even more dangerous. Families who have suffered the tragic loss of a loved one due to negligence in a motorcycle wreck could benefit by seeking the services of an experienced litigator. Damages from a successful lawsuit could provide surviving family members with vital compensation to help with financial losses.