An accident involving a motorcycle and a pickup truck in Georgia on a recent Sunday afternoon in mid March has led to the hospitalization of two people. The accident once again underscores how little motorcyclists are protected in an accident. Motorcycle accidents so often lead to serious injury, as in this incident.
According to reports, the driver of a southbound pickup truck was attempting to turn left when his vehicle struck the biker and the biker's passenger. The driver of the pickup told authorities that the traffic light was green for him, and he was hit by the biker. Eyewitnesses do not agree with the pickup driver's statement. According to them, he did not yield to the biker before turning. The front-end of the truck hit the left side of the motorcycle.
Both the motorcyclist and the passenger, a 9-year-old boy, were seriously injured. Police could not question the biker because his injuries were too severe. The left leg of the boy was seriously injured, and he was taken to a children's hospital in the area for treatment.
The driver of the pickup received a citation for failure to yield while turning left. Apart from the citation, the truck driver may also be required to answer to civil claims in a Georgia court. Victims of motorcycle accidents may choose to file personal injury claims to seek a monetary judgment based upon proof of negligence and documented items of financial damages. A properly presented claim could result in monetary reimbursement for damages sustained.
Source: patch.com, "Boy, 9, Injured in Truck vs. Motorcycle Accident", Kristal Dixon, March 16, 2015