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Our Atlanta car accident attorneys read about a multi vehicle accident hat happened in Macedonia in Cherokee County last week. The accident happened on Ga. 20 near Beavers Road and Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and Canton Fire spent more than three hours clearing the wreckage.

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At 3:15 p.m. last Wednesday, a white Ford Super Duty F-250 pickup truck, driven by an unidentified teenager, was travelling eastbound on Ga. 20, also known as Cumming Highway. A Toyota Avalon had slowed for traffic, in an effort to avoid a collision according to Georgia State Patrol spokesperson Tracey Watson, when the Ford clipped the back end. Then the Ford went into the westbound lanes and smashed into a tractor trailer head on. The tractor trailer then hit a Chevrolet Silverado, showing how one incident can often cause a chain reaction on the road. The 15-year-old driver of the Ford was taken by helicopter to Grady Hospital in Atlanta. Tim Cavender of the Fire-ES Department said firefighters “worked hard to remove the male driver from the heavily damage truck so he could be life-flighted by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.”“The driver was conscious and alert and had multiple injuries to his lower extremities,” he said. He also said the young driver had been charged with following too closely. The teenage driver’s grandfather, a 77-year-old man, was also in the Ford pickup truck at the time, and was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer, 43-year-old Wilfred D. Bernard, was also hurt and complained of back pain. He was taken to Northside Hospital-Cherokee, according to the Georgia State Patrol. And the driver of the Chevy, 81-year-old Jimmy West, complained of chest pains after the accident. He was taken to North Fulton Hospital. The driver of the Avalon, a 76-year-old woman, appeared to be fine.

The crash blocked traffic in both directions and closed lanes while emergency workers and investigators were on the scene. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash. Other charges are reportedly still pending.

Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. This accident shows the danger of inexperienced young drivers and how an accident can cause multiple other accidents and injuries on the road. Per mile, teen drivers are three times more likely than adult drivers to be involved in a fatal car accident. Fortunately, the accident in Cherokee County was not fatal, but it did injure several people. This young driver was too young even to have a driver’s license, and extra care must be taken with these new inexperienced drivers. The Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter may be able to help you understand your case and advise you how to proceed, so contact us as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Our Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys know that motorcycle accidents are too often fatal. A recent news article discussed another fatal accident involving a motorcycle in Georgia involving someone fleeing the police, and another about a drunk driver who killed a motorcycle passenger.

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On a Saturday night around 10:25 p.m. at the end of June, 28-year-old Michael William Lynch from Cartersville was trying to flee a Bartow County deputy. The deputy had tried to stop him for speeding. The deputy lost sight of Mr. Lynch on GA 293. He went around a sharp turn on that road, and saw debris from a crash. He turned around and found the motorcycle and Mr. Lynch off the shoulder of the road. The motorcycle had gone onto the shoulder, down the embankment and had smashed into several trees. Mr. Lynch had been ejected from the motorcycle and died from his injuries in the crash, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton said, “He struck a tree. He died as a result of multiple blunt force trauma from the single-motorcycle accident.” The Georgia State Patrol said they were not involved in chasing Mr. Lynch, but did release a press release about the accident.

In the above case, the motorcyclist was trying to avoid police and was driving recklessly, but a lot to times, people on motorcycles are the victims of accidents as well, and are much more vulnerable than people in cars and other vehicles. A drunk driver killed a motorcycle passenger the same weekend in the end of June. Jessica Johnson was driving her 2012 Hyundai Sonata southbound on I-75/85, tried to merge onto I-20, and rear ended a 2013 Suzuki GSX driven by Saahir Salahuddin. His passenger, 33-year-old Ellie Norris, was knocked off the bike, and then run over by Ms. Johnson’s car. The motorcycle hit the median. Mr. Salahuddin survived, went over to where Ms. Norris was pinned down on the pavement by the car, called her name and then ran away from the scene when she didn’t answer. When police tested Ms. Johnson, she was at more than twice the legal limit for alcohol blood levels while driving. She was arrested and taken to Fulton County Jail for DUI, first degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving and following too closely. Mr. Salahuddin went to Grady Memorial Hospital to treat his injuries, and he was also arrested for first degree vehicular homicide, hit-and-run and theft by receiving a stolen auto, but it was unclear whether all the charges were related to the accident.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle accident, on a motorcycle or any other type of vehicle, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter may be able to help you understand your case and how to move forward with any legal avenues, so contact us as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Our Atlanta car accident attorneys see news stories about fatal car accidents too frequently, and also hear from clients’ personal stories of damaging and even fatal car accidents. Last week in Georgia, another such story came up.

12133851256_1a298ca3f4Last Friday there was an accident in Dade County. Just before 8 a.m., a black Ford Mustang, driven by Audrey Bruneo, a 52-year-old from Wisconsin, was going westbound on 1-24 when it crossed the median and went into the eastbound lanes, t-boning a Chevrolet Trailblazer, then crashing into a Nissan Altima, and then clipping a Jeep Patriot, which overturned on impact. Ms. Bruneo died from the impact of the accident due to injuries sustained in the crash. The Nissan Altima was driven by Brooke Cole, a 43-year-old from Alabama, who also died from injuries sustained in the crash. The other drivers, 50-year-old Belinda Griffith, and 50-year-old Sandra Kay Chitwood, both survived the accident. They were taken to hospitals nearby for examination and treatment.

The accident happened hear the Georgia 299 exit on I-24 in Wildwood, which is southwest of Chattanooga, and near the junction with I-59, which is a heavy commuter route from northeast Alabama. The accident backed up traffic during the morning commute on both these roads.

Georgia State Patrol’s Sergeant Tommy Sturdivan told reporters that Ms. Bruneo had a cellphone in her hand when she died, but that they were still determining the exact cause of the accident. He said, “The speed limit through there is, as we all know, 70 mph before we get into Tennessee so I would expect interstate speeds for the impact.” Dylcia Martinez witnessed the accident from her car with her young niece and nephew. She said, “Just saw fumes and parts of the car flying away and that’s when I came to the side. It’s very scary to think that we had plans and this family had plans too. It’s scary. You never know what can happen on the road.” Sgt. Sturdivan said the Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is still investigating.

Unfortunately that wasn’t even the only accident on I-59 that day. A car rear-ended an 18-wheel tractor trailer near the exit for New England, Georgia, and a helicopter had to come to evacuate a victim of that accident.

Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car or other type of vehicle accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. These accidents can devastate families, and often a reckless or negligent driver is to blame. Roads can be dangerous places if drivers don’t follow the rules of the road, and two deaths and two accidents on the same day in the same area show how unfortunately common these crashes are. To discuss any steps to move forward with legal options, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Our Atlanta car accident attorneys read about a tragic car accident in which five people died, including three children. The accident happened around 10:45 a.m. in Hall County on a Monday morning. A Ford Explorer was driving on Athens Highway near Oak Grove Road and left its lane, crossing the concrete median and going into the oncoming lane. At that time, a tractor trailer travelling in the opposite direction smashed into the Explorer head on. Four people in the Explorer died at the scene, members of two families that had been friends and neighbors for decades, including the 34-year-old driver Amanda Lynn Pardue, and a 53-year-old passenger, Robbie Hollis. Also among the tragic deaths were an eight-year-old girl, Kaleigh Emfinger, the daughter of Ms. Pardue, and a 13-year-old, Dalton Martin, Mr. Hollis’s grandson. A two-year-old, who was riding in a booster seat, was still alive when rescue workers got there, and he was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. But the child, Elli Emfinger, also Ms. Pardue’s child, died at the hospital from his injuries later that night.  He would have turned three this month.

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A six-year-old boy, Ethan Emfinger, another son of Ms. Pardue, was also supposed to be in the car, but asked to stay home that day. The family told reporters they are grateful that this little boy is still alive. The Hollises had been friends with Ms. Pardue and her family, and were almost as connected as family, spending time at each others houses and looking after each others children.

The driver of the tractor trailer was also taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center and was in stable condition.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Department, Hall County Fire Services, and Georgia State Patrol are investigating the accident. Police are unsure why the families were on the road, although they suspect it was to run errands. Family member Brandy Poole told reporters her uncle called and told her about the crash and said, “We don’t know yet. We’re still in shock as far as the why.”No autopsy was done on any of the victims of the accident. Blood work was sent to the lab by the GBI, but it takes about 8-12 weeks to get a report.

Ms. Pardue’s fiancé told reporters he suspects that she had a seizure while driving, which was the cause of the accident. Craig Emfinger said, “She wasn’t supposed to be driving anyway because of epilepsy.” Ms. Poole added, “She’d had epilepsy for about eight months. There always had to be someone with her when she was driving. Her doctor felt like they had it under control.”

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss any steps to move forward with legal options in your case, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident attorneys read about a fatal tractor trailer accident that happened in Barrow County. Earlier this month, a Dodge 3500 with a trailer was driving westbound on Georgia 316 near Patrick Mill Road. The driver, 44-year-old Richard Shane Moore, stopped because he couldn’t pass a lawn mower that was in the middle of the road between lanes. Following the Dodge 3500 was a 1989 Dodge Ram 50 pickup truck. The pickup truck, driven by 29-year-old Cody Grayson Brantley, slowed down to stop for the Dodge 3500, but a tractor trailer slammed into the back of the pick up, causing the pickup to crash into the Dodge 3500 right in front of it in a chain reaction crash. The tractor trailer overturned, as did the trailer the Dodge 3500 was pulling, and Mr. Brantley was killed in the accident.  Mr. Moore was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center, and no information was released on his condition. Photographs show how the Dodge Ram pick up truck was flattened, and the tractor trailer had careened into a guard rail, bending it.

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The driver of the tractor trailer was Roger Bly, a 40-year-old man from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Police arrested him and he was booked into Barrow County jail. He has now been charged with second degree homicide by a vehicle and following too closely. Both are misdemeanor crimes.

The fatal crash backed up traffic in both directions for almost ten hours as police and emergency personnel tried to deal with the tragic accident, and also the resulting diesel spill. While this was ongoing, a second crash happened in the eastbound lanes of 316, according to the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office.

Mr. Brantley owned a lawn care business, sang in his church choir, and had a wife, Amie, and a young daughter, Ayla Reese. A friend said, “Cody was a special guy— always had a smile on his face and something positive to say.”His sister-in-law, Amber Marquardt Drake, started a fund on GoFundMe.com hoping to raise $25,000 dollars for the little girl’s future education. She told reporters, “All donations will go to the fund and preserving Cody’s memory, so Ayla will know what a special man her daddy was!” By the Monday of the week following the tragic crash, it had already raised $16,000.

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These kind of unnecessary tragedies happen all too often, and could be reduced if drivers, especially of large and powerful vehicles, took care to be responsible and safe on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a tractor trailer or other large commercial vehicle, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss your case and any steps to move forward with legal options to get any needed compensation, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Our Atlanta car accident lawyers read a strange story from last Friday the 13th, which was also a full moon.  A driver who was high on marijuana, 22-year-old Gerlmy Javon Todd, drove his Mercedes-Benz convertible with Florida plates into the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta. Fortunately no one was injured in this crash, but it caused significant property damage.

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Mr. Todd smashed into the CNN Center at the corner of Marietta St. and Centennial Olympic Park Drive at around 4 a.m., according to Atlanta Police Department spokesman John Chafee. The car smashed the 10-foot-high plate glass window, which has been cordoned off with yellow tape, and came to a rest in the lobby. Mr. Todd had been driving near the intersection and left the roadway and struck the building. The police had a hard time figuring out how he did this, as there are poles and planters, light posts, and metal barriers protecting trees and plants. There was no sign of damage on these barriers. Police could not answer how he ran into the building or even which way he was going at the time. Mr. Chafee just told reporters, “While I don’t have additional info at the moment I feel it is safe to say that the car was on the road at some point and then left it.”

At first Mr. Todd told police that he had fallen asleep at the wheel after driving all night. Both he and his passenger refused medical assistance. Mr. Chafee said police noticed the smell of marijuana in the car. Mr. Todd had marijuana on him when the police arrived at the scene of the crash. He then admitted to police that he smoked as he was driving, as well.

Mr. Todd was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving and possession of marijuana. Officials say that Mr. Todd was being held at the Grady Memorial Hospital detention facility. His passenger, a woman, reportedly went to collect boxes, a duffle bag, several shoeboxes, and a flat screen television from the damaged Mercedes before it was towed away.

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While no one was injured here, the accident could have easily been far worse. If a reckless or negligent driver has injured you or a family member, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss your case and any steps to move forward with legal options to get any needed compensation, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Our Atlanta car accident lawyers read about a fatal hit and run accident that happened recently in Cobb County.

A locksmith, 27 year old Tansu Kanlica, was chasing after a man, 23 year old Garrett Anderson, because he did not pay his bill. Mr. Anderson called Mr. Kanlica to get into his car after he was locked out, and then drove off without paying the $175 he owed for the locksmith service. Mr. Kanlica was racing his work van to catch up to him when he lost control on Barrett Lakes Boulevard in Kennesaw; the silver 2004 Nissan 350z van hit a curb, went onto the sidewalk and ran into three teenage girls on the side of the road. The girls were walking to a nearby movie theatre. They were 15 year old Reina As-Salaam, 16 year old Monica Epps and 16 year old Juliana Ferrell.

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Reina As-Salaam died at the scene of the accident from her injuries even before emergency personnel arrived. Her mother, Rashida Oliver, is a respected judge, and a colleague, Judge Glen Ashman, said of her, “Judge Oliver has been a colleague and friend for years, and she’s never — amidst her hard work — lost her focus on her children. She and her family have my prayers at this difficult time.”Monica and Juliana were injured and taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital.  Juliana was in critical condition and in a coma. Juliana’s mother, Jane Ferrell, told reporters, “I’m just hoping and praying that she’s going to wake up and be her.” Monica had less serious injuries, including broken bones.

Both Mr. Kanlica and Mr. Anderson fled from the accident, leaving the seriously injured teenage girls on the side of the road. They were found and arrested by police. Mr. Kanlica was arrested only a few miles from the scene, at I-75 and Canton Road, and charged with first degree homicide by a vehicle, reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane, and two counts of hit and run resulting in injury. He is being held without bail at the Cobb County jail. He was arrested last year for assaulting a 16 year old girl at a bus stop. The girl ran to a Pep Boys and two workers came and helped hold Mr. Kanlica down until police arrived. For that he was charged with battery and pled guilty in February in Fulton County. Mr. Anderson was arrested at his house and also charged with first degree homicide by a vehicle, reckless driving, theft of services and two counts of serious injury by a vehicle, and is also being held without bail.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss your case and any steps to move forward get compensation to help pay for any injuries and suffering, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident attorneys read about a deadly accident that closed Georgia 316 this week involving a tractor trailer and a pickup truck. And that accident was only the first of two, the second of which happened while officials were on the scene investigating the first accident.

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In the first accident, which happened on Wednesday around 1:30 p.m., a red pickup truck towing a trailer was hit from behind by a tractor trailer, which caused the pickup truck to overturn near Patrick Mill Road in Barrow County. Barrow County Sheriff’s Office also stated that a second commercial vehicle was involved in this accident, a tractor cutting grass along the highway. Reports say another car might have been involved as well. Photographs from the scene show the red pickup nearly flattened from the impact of the crash. The driver of that truck, 29-year-old Cody Grayson Brantley from Winder, died at the scene of the accident. The accident closed down Georgia 316. Another person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries, according to Lieutenant Scott Darkin of the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office. The westbound lanes were closed from Highway 81 to Patrick Mill Road, and the eastbound lanes at Patrick Mill Road for several hours, with traffic backed up in both directions. Westbound lanes had to be closed even longer to clear debris from the road. This was complicated by a diesel fuel spill from the tractor trailer that started this chain of events, which emergency personnel had to work to try to contain. Drivers were asked to find alternative routes to get where they were going. The roads were closed for eight hours and didn’t reopen until 11 p.m.

The second accident happened in the eastbound lanes immediately across from the wreckage in the westbound lane, according to the sheriff’s office. One person from this second accident also had to be taken to the hospital with injuries. Both crashes are still under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol, according to Lieutenant Darkin.

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The second accident likely wouldn’t have happened without the first, and also the spilled diesel fuel was a dangerous addition to the already deadly crash. Crashes involving large commercial vehicles can be very dangerous and have more of a risk of these additional effects, particularly of spilled fuel or chemicals. Accidents can also build off each other, as this shows, and one driver’s recklessness can cause numerous injuries or even deaths to innocent bystanders in other vehicles. If you or a loved one has been hurt by a negligent driver of a tractor trailer or other large commercial vehicle, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward in legal avenues to help pay for any injuries and suffering, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Our Atlanta car accident attorneys read about a woman who caused a deadly accident; it turns out the woman also has a warrant for her arrest for a deadly accident she caused two years ago.

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Last weekend, a multi car pile up accident shut down Highway 316 beneath the Lawrenceville Suwanee Road Bridge on Sunday afternoon in Gwinnett County. Lawrenceville police Captain Jeff Smith said, “From not only the evidence we are seeing on the scene, but from what witnesses are telling us the red Isuzu was attempting to pass traffic in the emergency lane and is what started this chain-reaction accident.” One car had flipped several times before stopping right side up and a total of seven vehicles were involved in the massive crash. Pamela Leake, a 39-year-old from Lawrenceville, died from injuries in the accident. Three other people had to be taken to a hospital, although their injuries were not life threatening. Two people were still trapped in a car when the emergency personnel arrived, and had to be extricated by firefighters.

The driver of the red Isuzu, who was the reason for the accident, was 32-year-old Sabrina Townes. She is now in Gwinnett County Jail. In an investigation, police discovered she had an active warrant out for her arrest for vehicular homicide for causing an accident in DeKalb County two years ago. In that accident, Lymeng Lim died in a four car accident. Mr. Lim was in the US Navy for at least ten years and his sister told reporters she was thrilled at the news that police had captured Ms. Townes at last. She said she was still in shock over her brother’s death two years later. But Mr. Lim’s nephew expressed disappointment that it took two years to arrest Ms. Townes. He said, “It’s kind of upsetting. It took two years, and we had to wait till she caused another accident to catch her.”

Reporters investigated further into Ms. Townes and discovered that in the last decade, she has been charged with driving on a suspended license, theft, shoplifting, and criminal trespass. Driver Daniel Dabbs told reporters, “It’s a tragedy and she shouldn’t have been out driving.”

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This tragic case shows the danger of perpetual reckless drivers. Sabrina Townes destroyed more than one life and impacted families. Safe driving is important for everyone, because none of us are alone on the road and people like Ms. Leake and Mr. Lim were just unlucky to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward in legal avenues to help pay for any injuries and suffering, as well as try to prevent further reckless driving, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and our Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys want to remind Georgians to be careful on the road and watch out for motorcycles, bikes, and other more vulnerable forms of transport on the road especially during the warm months.

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Drivers of other vehicles need to share the road with motorcyclists. Road and motorcycle safety is a priority in Georgia, according to a recent article on May being Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Rob Mikell, the Commissioner of the Department of Driver Services, said, “It’s up to all motorists and motorcyclists to make our roads safer. All road users need to share the responsibility of keeping the roadways safe. By following road signs, obeying speed limits, and always staying focused on the road, deaths and injuries could be prevented.”

The article points out that motorcyclists are more vulnerable in crashes than drivers and passengers in other types of vehicles. There has also been a worrying national trend against safety: deaths in motorcycle accidents continue to increase, as do injuries. Motorcycle accident deaths accounted for 15 percent of those killed in traffic accidents in 2012. Helmet usage has also declined; in 2012, it was estimated that only 60 percent of motorcyclists wear a helmet, down six percent from the year before.

The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program said drivers of cars and other vehicles should allow greater distance when following a motorcycle, be more vigilant at intersections, and give a motorcycle the whole lane.

A motorcycle crash last month also showed the danger in an accident when two bikes collided. Caleb Wayne Hazzard was trying to pass a car when he came into the path of another motorcycle driven by Merritt Larry Chambers. The two motorcycles crashed and Mr. Chambers was injured and taken to a hospital in Augusta. Mr. Hazzard was taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center where he died. Reports from Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jamie Holloway said that Mr. Hazzard was driving his motorcycle in a “reckless, careless manner.” This shows the danger motorcyclists can pose to themselves as well, and clearly shows how everyone on the road needs to be responsible and careful. Mr. Chambers was in the wrong place at the wrong time and wound up seriously injured.

The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program also provides tips for motorcyclists, which include wearing riding gear with reflective material to be more visible, not driving a motorcycle in bad weather, staying in a position out of drivers’ blind spots, and consistently using turn signals when changing lanes or turning.

Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

If a motorcycle or other vehicle accident has hurt you or a loved one, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward in legal avenues to help pay for any injuries and suffering, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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