Fatal Motorcycle Crashes

Our Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers saw a recent story about a fatal motorcycle crash in Baldwin County. And that recent accident was not the only tragic motorcycle accident story in Georgia this past month.

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Last Sunday in the early morning, Ronald Wright was on his motorcycle travelling west on Meriweather Road, half a mile from Georgia Highway 441, in Baldwin County. Mr. Wright was going around a curve in the road and for an unknown reason crossed into the eastbound lane where he crashed into the passenger side bumper and fender of a Jeep. The motorcycle then went 24 feet off the road and Mr. Wright was thrown off and landed 41 feet away. His chest was crushed and the crash broke his neck, and he died on the scene from his injuries. His helmet was old and the chin strap broke during the accident, according to Georgia State Trooper Michael Screws. He also said there was a faint odor of alcohol on Mr. Wright, which was also noticed by a good Samaritan who stopped and performed CPR on Mr. Wright after the accident. Trooper Screws said results of a blood test for alcohol won’t be available for weeks, however. The Jeep had a driver and a passenger, as well.

Mr. Wright’s accident is unfortunately is not a unique occurrence. Motorcycles are more vulnerable and often crashes cause serious injuries or death, which is something to remember as the weather gets better and more motorcycles are on the road. Earlier this month, a three-vehicle crash in Douglas County killed a motorcyclist, as well. The motorcyclist was going north on Georgia 5 when it hit the rear end of a stopped 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The motorcycle then swerved into the southbound lane and hit a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck head on. The motorcyclist died at the scene of injuries, while the other drivers of the Equinox and the pickup truck suffered no injuries.

Even if a motorcyclist has proper safety gear, like an approved helmet, motorcycle accidents are still incredibly dangerous. Also earlier this month, Mark Coulombe, a 48 year old from Kingsland, was on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on US 17, with an approved helmet. He hit the back of a 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 25 year old Allison Elise Waye when she slowed to make a turn onto Billyville road. Mr. Couloumbe’s motorcycle slid 108 feet on the road before stopping. He was taken to the hospital by EMS on the scene, but died of his injuries.

Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle accident, including with commercial trucks or motorcycles, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. These accidents are all too common and discouraging negligent or reckless driving is important. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward in legal avenues to get 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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