Atlanta Hawks Player Involved in Motorcycle Accident
A pivotal member of the Atlanta Hawks was involved in a motorcycle accident that reportedly injured the motorcycle rider. The basketball player, who was driving a car at the time of the collision, was uninjured in the crash and played in an exhibition game later in the day. The injured motorcyclist was taken to the hospital for treatment and underwent surgery, but is expected to recover.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The crash happened late in the afternoon of Monday, October 17, 2016, in the Druid Hills neighborhood of northeastern Atlanta, Georgia. Paul Millsap, a professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks, was driving his Rolls Royce when, according to police reports, a motorcycle driver pulled out in front of him. The motorcyclist lost control of his vehicle and, according to the report, hit Millsap’s car head on. The crash seriously hurt the motorcyclist and caused his motorcycle to burst into flames.
Millsap was not injured in the accident. The driver of the motorcycle, however, suffered serious injuries to his legs, feet, and left arm, and was brought to the hospital for treatment. He underwent surgery the day after the accident, and is expected to make a full recovery.
Millsap, though shaken from the incident, was able to participate in the Hawks’ shoot-around session before their exhibition game later in the night against the New Orleans Pelicans. He would later play in the game, logging 24 minutes but struggling on offense, making only one of the seven shots he took. The Hawks ended up winning, 96-89.
Motorcycle Crashes Often Lead to Serious Injuries
This accident is a great example of how motorcycle crashes often lead to serious injuries far more often than car crashes do. The protection that a car affords its driver and any passengers inside far surpasses what a motorcycle can provide. Cars are heavier than motorcycles and are equipped with numerous safety mechanisms that go great lengths to ensure that a car’s drivers and other occupants are safe during a collision with another vehicle. These include not only seatbelts and airbags, but also side airbags, rearview cameras, and even auto-braking.
Motorcycles, on the other hand, have far fewer safety features that keep their riders safe in the event of a collision. Without seatbelts and airbags, motorcyclists need to rely on helmets and leather jackets to keep them safe in the event of a collision. Unfortunately, when faced with the considerable weight of other cars or trucks, this is not often enough to protect them from suffering a serious injury.
Cobb County Motorcycle Accident Attorney Joel Williams
Motorcycle accidents are often the source of severe injuries. If you or someone you love has been seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident, you need legal representation to get the compensation that you deserve. Contact the attorneys at Williams Elleby today to get the experience and attention you need to make sure you are able to make a full recovery.