Over the weekend, we read about a New York avid biker who apparently lost control of his bike and ended up losing his life. This accident happened on a curve. This scenario is one that bikers know can be dangerous. And my Gwinnett County motorcycle accident law practice clients have shared their experiences with me about the physics of bikes and curves.
The deceased biker was 69 years old, a visual artist of some renown and an art gallery owner. The local state police said that he was driving his 2011 Kawasaki Ninja when he veered into the opposite lane of traffic and was struck by an oncoming Toyota RAV4. He was wearing a leather jacket, leather pants and a helmet and was driving at the speed limit. There is no indication that alcohol was a factor.
We don’t know what went wrong in this accident or why he lost control of his bike, but we do know from that curves can be dangerous for all bikers. Loss of control on a curve can be deadly when a biker loses control or when an oncoming vehicle travels into the wrong lane at the wrong time.
Only recently, Georgia biking community was saddened to learn about the death of a Forsyth County employee who was killed while riding his motorcycle home from work. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Specialist Unit said at the time that the employee was traveling home on his 1984 Honda VF1100 on Old Federal Road in North Forsyth County one afternoon, when a car driven by a Cumming, Georgia resident came over a hill in a curve on the wrong side of the road and struck the biker head on.
The young driver was charged with Georgia’s vehicular homicide in the second degree and driving on the wrong side of the road. Official Code of Georgia Annotated § 40-6-393(c) provides that: “Any person who causes the death of another person, without an intention to do so, by violating any provision of this title other than subsection (a) of Code Section 40-6-163, subsection (b),” [first degree vehicular homicide] “commits the offense of homicide by vehicle in the second degree when such violation is the cause of said death …”
Bikers know that curves can be deadly. One of the most important things bikers can do on the road is to expect the unexpected. When riding consider all possible factors in negotiating curves, including the possibility that an oncoming vehicle can cause serious injury or even death. As we learn more about motorcycle safety and rider protections, we hope that the number of injuries and deaths on the roads will decrease. New riders need to practice negotiating turns and curves before getting out on the open road. All riders need to remember, curves can be dangerous.
The Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle, P.C. represents motorcycle riders in serious personal injury cases. Our law practice is different than others. We work closely with our clients and communicate throughout the case with riders and their families, who have suffered major injuries or the loss of a loved one due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of someone else. Please contact our law offices at any time for a free and private consultation at one of our conveniently-located Atlanta area offices, including our main Gwinnett County or at our offices in Decatur, the Perimeter and Buckhead.