A local news source said that charges are expected after a fatal
motorcycle accident on Saturday night. Sources report that a 44-year-old cyclist was killed
when a driver attempted to flip a U-turn on Cobb Parkway. The incident
occurred around 9:00 pm as the cyclist traveled toward Paces Mill Road.
Simultaneously, the motorist tried to execute a U-turn. As the driver
turned, the motorcycle struck the driver's side of the other vehicle.
The cyclist was thrown from the bike and later passed away at the hospital.
The motorist, a 28-year-old, was treated for minor injuries at the same
hospital. Cobb County police officers told
that charges will most likely be filed.
At Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C., we believe that negligent drivers
should be held responsible for their actions, but criminal charges may
not be enough to bring full restitution for a serious injury or wrongful
death. That's why our firm is committed to helping motorcycle accident
victims and their families recover the full and fair compensation that
The term "
wrongful death" generally refers to a specific type of lawsuit that allows the family
members of an accident victim to seek financial compensation on the victim's
behalf. After a fatal accident, the responsible party can be held responsible
for their actions through a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of lawsuit
seeks restitution for the victim. Any financial compensation obtained
through a wrongful death lawsuit is contributed to the victim's estate.
personal injury claim, wrongful death lawsuits can be used to obtain compensation for
medical costs and noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) records thousands
of motorcycle-related fatalities every year. Between 1994 and 2011, the
number of motorcycle accident deaths almost doubled, increasing from 2,320
to 4,612 deaths across the nation. Traffic reports indicated that half
of motorcycle fatalities involve a vehicle attempting to make a turn,
such as the fatal accident on Saturday night.
The dramatic increase in motorcycle-related death is partially due to the
rising number of motorcycles on the road; however, many of these accidents
are preventable through motorcycle safety and education. Under the mantra,
"Share the road," the NHTSA encourages drivers to actively practice
safe driving habits to protect motorists from preventable injuries and
death. Because of their size, motorcycles can be difficult to see and
are more susceptible to accidents.
Awareness and visibility are two of the best ways to prevent any type of
traffic accident; especially ones that involve motorcycles. Additionally,
cyclists can work to prevent injury by wearing helmets and practicing
safe driving habits.