Most motorists know that car accidents are dangerous events. Motorcycle accidents are often even more dangerous as a rider has little protection from an impact. Georgia residents were reminded of this after a recent motorcycle wreck took one man's life.
The accident happened when a man, who was driving an SUV, tried to make a left-hand turn onto a private drive. Police believe that the man did not see a motorcyclist in the oncoming lane and, as a result, he failed to yield. Law enforcement officials also believe that the motorcyclist attempted to stop, but, during the attempt, the motorcycle's weight transferred to the front wheel, lifting the rear wheel off of the ground and preventing the motorcycle from stopping. Medical crews transported the motorcyclist to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.
The driver of the SUV was charged with failing to yield to oncoming traffic. He was also charged with second-degree homicide by vehicle. Bond information in this case has not been released, and no other information has been reported.
Motorcycle accidents can be dangerous and even fatal. The motorcyclist likely leaves behind family members who are grieving due to their sudden loss. If they believe that the SUV driver's negligence caused the accident, the motorcyclist's family may choose to file a wrongful death claim to pursue compensation for the losses suffered as a result of this tragedy. The civil court system in Georgia may award damages if evidence deems the SUV's driver operated his vehicle in a negligent manner at the time of the crash.
Source: Buckhead, Ga. Patch, "Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide in Buckhead Accident", Justin Ove, Dec. 1, 2014