Motorcycles and other smaller vehicles are always more vulnerable on the road than bigger, tougher vehicles. Extra caution needs to be taken around these more vulnerable vehicles, but often that caution is not taken by drivers. That was shown all too clearly when last month our Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys saw a sad story of a local fire inspector’s death in a motorcycle crash.
Dan Harden was a 56 year old fire inspector with the Albany Fire Department when he was involved in a tragic crash in September. He was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle to work on Pinewood Road in Lee County. It was about seven in the morning. A Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Karis Stubbs, turned in front of him and into his path. The Harley hit the back of the Tahoe and Harden ended up being thrown into the road. He was then in the path of another SUV, driven by Kimberly Sebastian, although it was unclear if this other SUV hit him. Mr. Harden died of his injuries at the scene of the accident.
No charges were filed in Mr. Harden’s death, but the Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the crash.
Mr. Harden had been a career fire-fighter in Maryland and when he retired, he became a fire inspector in Albany, Georgia. He’d been working in Albany for six years when he died. Mr. Harden was well known in his community and did a lot of charity work, including with the Georgia Burn Foundation. Albany Fire Department Chief James Carswell said, “Burn the boot, or the Burn Foundation was something that was a passion for him. He put a lot of time and effort into collecting money to help the burn victims of Georgia.” He added, “We lost a member of our family.”
While he was alive, Dan Harden also worked with the Remaining Few Motorcyclists Club after a good friend was also killed on a motorcycle. He worked with them on charity events. After Mr. Harden’s death, the Club urged drivers to watch out for motorcyclists on the road to prevent more deaths like Mr. Harden’s. Mike McKinley from the Club said, “Motorcyclists have shared the roads with automobiles for over 100 years now. You know we’re out there. Stop and look. Same thing as watching for children.” This is advice that should be taken and listened to, not only for motorcyclists but for scooters and also people on bicycles and walking. These are vulnerable on our roads and drivers should always be aware of what’s around them.
Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
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