A motorcyclist was killed in a tragic hit-and-run accident in Atlanta over the weekend. The victim was riding his motorcycle, and ran out of gas. He was stopped at the side of Interstate 20 West, when he was struck by a car. He died instantly from his injuries..The motorist continued driving after he struck the motorcyclist. Fortunately, an off-duty Georgia State Trooper was just behind the car, and noticed the accident. He chased the car, and was able to apprehend the motorist.
Last year, there were more than 5,000 people killed in motorcycle accidents across the country. That was a record since motorcycle crash data gathering began more than three decades ago. It’s also a reminder to Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers that we’re still far from even understanding what is causing this spike in fatalities, let alone developing measures to prevent these.
A new motorcycle crash causation study however, provides a glimmer of hope. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is partnering with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to conduct a study that would provide a fresh look into the causes of these accidents.The study is expected to begin in 2012. It is expected to be the first naturalistic study of motorcycle crash causes. It will also be one of the first major studies into motorcycle crash causes in decades.
As part of the study, the researchers will place recording devices on numerous motorcycles. These devices will record data that will help researchers understand the causes of an accident. Through the use of these devices, the judges will be able to compare the motorcyclist’s riding practices before the accident and during the accident, characteristics of safe motorcyclists, the behavior of other motorists, motoring environment, and other factors that we currently can’t measure using traditional crash investigation techniques..
The Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys at the Katz Law Firm represent injured victims of motorcycle accidents in the Atlanta area, and across the state of Georgia.