While a motorcycle can be an exhilarating method of transportation, driving it can also be very dangerous. By motorcycles’ very nature, they are less crashworthy than passenger vehicles.
In 2017, there were 5,172 fatalities among motorcyclists of 8,715,204 registered motorcycles. There were also 89,000 injuries among motorcyclists involved in traffic accidents the same year.
Alcohol intoxication was a factor in 5,316 of the accidents involving motorcycles that occurred in 2017. The NHTSA estimates that the use of helmets saved 1,872 motorcyclists that same year. If all motorcyclists had been wearing helmets, it is estimated that an additional 749 lives could have been saved.
The AJC reports that two people have been killed in a motorcycle crash after the bike was hit from behind.
The accident occurred just before 9 p.m. on Ga. 101 near the Union Community and the Carroll County Line.
A male and a female were riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and were stopped to make a left turn onto Harmony Road. They were struck from behind by Allynda Jackson, who was traveling southbound.
The impact pushed the motorcycle into the intersection, where another motorcycle collided with it. The couple aboard the Harley-Davidson were killed in the accident.
Neither Jackson nor the operator of the other motorcycle were seriously injured in the crash.
The accident remains under investigation. No charges have been filed as of yet.
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