A crash involving a motorcycle late Thursday afternoon left one person in critical condition in north Georgia.
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According to Northwest Georgia News, a motorcyclist sustained life-threatening injuries when the driver of an SUV failed to yield the right of way at an intersection in LaFayette.
“The resulting crash left the motorcyclist in critical condition at an area hospital Friday morning and the SUV’s driver receiving a citation,” the article reads. “The Georgia State Patrol reports Pamela Joan Hyatt, 50, of Rock Spring was traveling east on a Harley Davidson motorcycle on Shattuck Industrial Boulevard shortly before 6 p.m. on Sept. 8 when the accident occurred.”
Apparently a pickup driver who was in the boulevard’s turning lane about to turn onto Foster Mill Drive reportedly signaled to the driver of the SUV to go ahead and turn north on Foster Mill Drive.
“Hayley Christine Robertson, the driver of the Expedition, told the investigating trooper that she did not see Hyatt, pulled away from the stop sign on Foster Mill and collided with Hyatt’s motorcycle at the intersection,” the article reads. “Hyatt suffered serious injuries and was transported by Life Force helicopter to Erlanger hospital where she remains in critical condition.”
In 2014, the latest data available, 4,586 people died in motorcycle crashes in the U.S., down 2.3 percent from 4,692 in 2013, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report. In 2014, 92,000 motorcyclists were injured, up 4.5 percent from 88,000 in 2013.
In Georgia, from 2008 to 2012, 730 people died on Georgia roads as a result of a motorcycle crash. Of those who died, 655 were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
Wearing an appropriate and properly fitted helmet when motorcycling or doing any activity that could result in head injury can help prevent injury, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Mayo Clinic trauma surgeon Dr. David Morris, who sees many motorcycle accident victims, says wearing a helmet is one of the most important things a rider can do to stay alive.
There is no indication in the article as to whether or not Hyatt was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.