Sad news out of Jackson County as a 40-year-old biker was killed and two were injured while traveling on Georgia Highway 124. The crash occurred in the morning hours. The deceased biker’s passenger is in the Athens Regional Medical Center in intensive care and has life-threatening injuries.
We do not know her condition at this time, but our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. As an Atlanta motorcycle injury lawyer, I am always saddened to learn of what appears to be a purely tragic situation as two bikers enjoyed a summer ride only to be involved in a horrific crash.
The third victim, an elderly woman, also sustained injuries and was released from the hospital. Apparently, she may be charged with some offenses for this accident. The initial reports out of the Georgia State Patrol, indicate that the car driver was trying to turn left into the parking lot of a store. She turned into the motorcycle’s path and is likely to be charged in the crash.
Bikers know that intersections and turns are some of the most dangerous places for accidents to occur. Drivers often seem unaware that a bike is present. This exposure to danger requires more vigilance on the part of riders to make sure that the other vehicles sees you.
The Georgia Department of Driver Services (GMSP) offers a motorcycle safety program. This is for all levels of riders … not just beginners. The agency also promotes motorist awareness programs and share the road campaigns all intended to make Georgia’s highways safer for bike riders. These programs are located at many training sites around the state. As we are all aware, training can be life-saving. Crash avoidance is key for bikers who are more vulnerable to larger vehicles that might not “see” them.
Several levels of training are provided in these courses, we will elaborate on those in our next post.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash, please contact me as soon as possible for help and guidance. I provide a free legal consultation and can advise you of your legal rights and help with your medical needs.