Two motorcyclists were charged after a Georgia accident on May 10 left multiple people with injuries. The motorcycle accident happened at 7:15 pm on Georgia 53 near Oconee Crossing in Oconee County. According to police, the motorcyclists’ high rates of speed and failure to maintain their lanes contributed to the accident.
Prior to the accident, the Walton County Sheriff’s Department clocked the two motorcycles travelling through Walton County at a high speed. Deputies initially pursued them for speeding violations, but the chase was called off because the high speed was deemed unsafe. The Walton County Sheriff said that the risks of the chase outweighed any charges that may be filed.
The accident occurred when the motorcycles crashed into a Lexus after crossing over from Walton County into Oconee County. The Lexus was turning left from Georgia 53 onto Vanessa Avenue. The first motorcycle attempted to pass the car in the other lane in a no-passing zone. It hit the Lexus’s front driver side. The other motorcycle attempted to pass on the outside shoulder and hit the car’s rear driver side. Both motorcyclists were injured and taken to Athens Regional Medical Center. They were charged with failure to maintain lane, passing in a no passing zone and driving too fast for conditions.
Motorcycle accidents can sometimes be more dangerous than car accidents because the motorcyclist is not protected by the vehicle in the same way of a car driver. Motorcycles can also be difficult for drivers to spot, especially when the motorcyclist is driving at a high speed and weaving in and out of lanes. Victims of motorcycle accidents may suffer serious injuries, disability or death and may incur significant expenses like medical care, rehabilitation and pain and suffering. An experienced attorney could help a motorcycle accident victim evaluate the details of the crash and, if warranted, pursue financial compensation.
Source: Path, “Two Motorcyclists Charged Following Wreck in Oconee County,” Sharon Swanepoel, May 13, 2013