Police in Newport, Georgia, say an 18-year-old motorcyclist was struck by a vehicle just as he made it to his driveway. Cocke County Sheriff’s deputies reported that an accident occurred May 29 at around 11:25 p.m. between a motorcycle and a Ford Contour with two occupants. Deputies say the motorcycle had slowed to turn into the driveway of his home when the Contour struck the victim and threw him from his bike.
The impact of the accident, which occurred near Dutch Bottoms Baptist Church, was so forceful that it tore the victim’s helmet from his head. The injured man was evacuated by helicopter to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. He is listed as having been seriously injured.
Incidentally, the driver of the Contour had a 17-year-old runaway with him at the time of the motorcycle accident. Deputies say that the girl told them that she had met the 20-year-old driver of the Contour online and that she had run away from a Texas group home. The man was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, failure to exercise due care, following too closely, and other registration and insurance violations.
Distracted driving and following too closely are a dangerous combination when motorists get near motorcycles. Brake lights and other visual signals are sometimes harder to see than those on automobiles because of their much smaller size. Nevertheless, motorists have a duty to give people on motorcycles the same distance and respect as other cars. People injured because someone hit them from behind while following too closely may be eligible to sue to help cover the cost of recovering from their injuries and for the damage done to their property.
Source: The Newport Plain Talk, “Motorcyclist hit, injured seriously” Nelson Morias, May. 30, 2014