One of the most dangerous situations that motorcyclists can face is when drivers of automobiles turn left in front of them. A driver in Gwinnett County, Georgia, is now facing charges in the death of a 27-year-old motorcyclist from Powder Springs from an accident that occurred approximately one week ago on a Saturday evening.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Hamilton Creek Parkway and Braselton Highway near the community of Dacula, Georgia. The 63-year-old driver reportedly made a left turn in front of the motorcyclist, who was traveling on Braselton headed east. The driver allegedly struck the motorcycle with his SUV.
The driver is reportedly aware of the criminal charges against him, but authorities report that they have not yet made an arrest. The charges include failure to yield turning left and second-degree homicide by vehicle. It is not clear why authorities have yet to arrest the driver after filing charges.
The motorcyclist sustained serious injuries requiring transportation to the hospital. He spent the night in the health care facility but reportedly succumbed to his injuries the next day. No information is available about the specific type of injuries he experienced. It is unclear whether the other driver sustained any injuries in the crash.
When it comes to collisions with other vehicles, motorcyclists are almost always at a disadvantage, even after adopting every safety measure available, such as protective gear and defensive driving. Those injured in a collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle may wish to consult with an attorney regarding legal options. Civil action may be possible even if the driver also faces criminal charges.