Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Our Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers read about another fatal motorcycle accident that happened in Georgia recently. These fatalities are all too common, and often due to reckless driving behaviors, either by the motorcyclist or the driver of the other vehicle involved.


Over the past weekend, on Saturday afternoon at 4:54 p.m., Forest Tecumseh Garret, a 21-year-old man from Clarksville, was driving his 2004 Yamaha YZF R6 motorcycle on Riverbend Road near Georgia Highway 105. He had Kelli Nicole Campbell, a 23-year-old also from Clarksville, as a passenger on his motorcycle. He tried to pass a 2008 Nissan Altima, even though he was in a no-passing zone, according to Trooper Casey Coffee of the Georgia State Patrol. The Altima, driven by Melissa Ann Wallace, a 28-year-old from Eastanollee, was trying to turn left into a driveway. As it turned, the Altima was hit on the driver’s side by the Yamaha motorcycle. The impact caused the motorcycle to overturn and run off the south side of Riverbend Road, running into bushes. Mr. Garret and Ms. Campbell were both thrown from the motorcycle. Mr. Garret was taken to Habersham Medical Center, but he died of his injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on his arrival at the hospital. Ms. Campbell was seriously injured and airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center. The Altima also ran off the south side of the road, hitting a signpost and buses. But Ms. Wallace did not need medical treatment, according to Trooper Coffee.

Another young man, Michael Neil Young, a 23-year-old from Canton, died in a motorcycle accident last week as well. According to Gordy Wright, spokesperson for the Georgia State Patrol, Mr. Young was driving his 2006 Honda CBR motorcycle eastbound on Georgia 20. He ran off the road near Weeks Road and smashed into a tree and then into a building around 5:30 p.m. on a Sunday evening. Mr. Wright told reporters that alcohol was not suspected in the accident. Mr. Young died of his injuries from the crash.

Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a vehicle accident, whether with a motorcycle, car, or large commercial tractor trailer, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Between 2007 and 2011, there was an average of 152 deaths from motorcycle accidents per year in Georgia, 15 of which were due to a lack of a helmet. Motorcycles are more vulnerable than other vehicles on the road and extra caution is needed due to this vulnerability, which is something that all drivers must be aware of on our roads, especially as summer is coming and more motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians will be out. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward in legal avenues to get any needed compensation to help your family through the difficult time, 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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