Police say a man from Yazoo County, MS died after a deadly morning motorcycle accident. Local authorities say the man, David Harris, died after his motorcycle was hit by the inattentive driver of an SUV.
The crash took place just after 8 in the morning when investigators say Harris and his daughter were riding a motorcycle near the intersection of Jerry Clower Boulevard and Old Benton Road in Yazoo City. Police say Harris was heading north when an SUV pulled directly in front of his motorcycle to make a turn. Investigators say they believe the driver of the SUV did not see the motorcycle prior to the accident.
Harris then collided with the front end of the SUV and was thrown from his bike into the other vehicle. Harris’ daughter was thrown onto the roadway after the accident. Emergency responders say Harris was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident while his daughter was transported by helicopter to University Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries.
Sadly, accidents like this one are far from rare as motorcycle crashes claim thousands of lives each year. According to statistics recently made public by the CDC, if a motorcycle driver is involved in an accident, the likelihood that the driver will suffer either serious injury or death is enormously high: a stunning 98 percent of accidents involving a passenger vehicle resulted in serious injury to motorcyclists. Of that very large group, 45 percent managed to emerge with only minor injuries. That means that the rest, a majority of motorcyclists, were not as lucky and suffered severe, oftentimes life-altering injuries.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed on the nation’s roadways. During that same time an estimated 1,222,000 people were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal motorcycle-related injuries. Statistics show that injured riders commonly are left with head and neck injuries, sometimes resulting in severe brain trauma or paralysis, especially in instances where riders were thrown from their motorcycle.
In Mississippi, the most frequently seen injuries to motorcyclists involve the head. Traumatic brain injuries and concussion are common, even in people who wear helmets. It’s important to note that this does not mean that helmets are useless, far from it. Studies indicate that if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet at the time of a collision that rider’s risk of death is reduced by 37 percent. It’s not yet known whether the man killed in the Yazoo City accident had a helmet on at the time of the collision, though police say they are continuing to investigate the crash.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, the first thing you should do is get the medical attention you need. After that, please contact the Jackson personal injury attorneys at Kilpatrick & Philley at (601) 856-7800.
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