Our Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys know that summer can be an especially dangerous time on the roads, as people are driving to and from vacations and to beaches and amusement parks and other summer activities. The hot weather also means it is an attractive time of the year to ride a motorcycle if you have one. But, as always, motorcycles can be dangerous and other cars on the road need to be especially watchful if there are motorcycles around.
Just last week, a news article emerged about a 50 year old Cumming man, Joe Edward Vaughn, who was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a car. Mr. Vaughn was an area native – he graduated from Forsyth County High School and worked for Stewart Brothers for 33 years. Last Friday evening, Vaughn was driving his Harley Davidson northbound on South Old Peachtree Road. Soo Wan Kim, a 26 year old from Norcross, was driving his 2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder and turned left onto the road in front of Mr. Vaughn’s Harley. The Harley slammed into the side of the Spyder and Vaughn died from the injuries. Kim also was injured, but only on the right side of his body and not fatally. Georgia police are continuing to investigate the accident, but Kim has already been charged with second degree vehicular homicide and failure to yield and has been released from jail on bond, according to the Gwinnett County police department.
Mr. Vaughn’s tragic death is hardly the only motorcycle accident fatality in Georgia recently, either. Also last week, in Forsyth County, 19 year old Cameron James Fullerton was killed in an accident with a pickup truck. Fullerton was on his Yamaha motorcycle while a Ford F250 driven by Jonathan Troy Sorrells was driving in the opposite direction last Friday. Similar to Mr. Vaughn’s accident, the truck was making a turn when the crash occurred. Fullerton tried to swerve to avoid the truck, but ended up hitting the front driver’s side of the truck, the impact of which threw him from the motorcycle. Fullerton died of his injuries at the scene. Sorrells wasn’t injured at all, and was also arrested. He was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and failure to yield. And earlier last week, in the same county, a 21 year old woman was killed in an accident between a car and her motor scooter. Kristi Sue Baiel’s fatal accident is still being investigated as well.
Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
All of these tragic and untimely deaths show the serious need for vigilance and care particularly with more vulnerable vehicles on the road like motorcycles, and especially during these summer months. If you or a family member have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter may be able to help you get the compensation you need and deserve. Contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8949, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.
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