On Tuesday, a 24 year old from Moultrie man died in a car vs. motorcycle crash in Bartow County near Cartersville at the intersection of Georgia Highway 113 and Kin Canyon Road. The young man, Justin McCullough, was riding his motorcycle when a car pulled into his path. The motorcycle, with McCullough still on it, slide underneath the front of the car, and then McCullough was hit by an oncoming car. He died at the scene, according to news reports.
Our Georgia motorcycle accident attorneys know that motorcycles pose more risks for their rider than other types of motor vehicles. In 2008 in Georgia, 12 percent of people killed in motor vehicle accidents were on motorcycles. That year, the most recent for which reliable data is available, was a 15-year high for fatalities. Between 2004 and 2008, motorcycle fatalities increased 59 percent.
A Georgian who survived a terrible motorcycle accident has been trying to share his story and warn others about dangers for motorcyclists on the roads. Keith Allen was trying to pull out of a shopping center parking lot last year, and two lanes of cars waived him through but he didn’t see a car coming in the third lane. He was hit and thrown into the air. He had to have a nine hour surgery to repair a ripped aorta, and he also had broken ribs, a broken left femur, broken tibia, ankle, and foot, a lacerated spleen, and two brain injuries.
He was in a coma for a month and after he woke up he went through months of grueling rehab to try to learn to speak and eat and walk again. He still wants to get back on a motorcycle again someday. But for now, as summer riding season approaches and more motorcycles will be on the road, Mr. Allen is reminding motorcyclists to make sure their bikes are kept maintained with proper tires and lighting and to be vigilant in watching out for other cars on the road and ride defensively. He reminds car drivers to watch out for motorcyclists too and to put down the phone and other distractions while driving (see a recent post on distracted driving here).
The kind of medical bills and care Mr. Allen needed after his motorcycle crash are expensive and long term. Whether you have health insurance or not, the bills can pile up quickly. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident due to the negligence of another driver on the road, whether involving cars, tractor trailers, or motorcycles, our Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter can help get you the compensation you deserve. Georgia law is complicated and the facts of who is at fault, or more at fault, are sometimes difficult to determine. If you believe you may have a case against another driver, a good first step is to call us at 404-814-8949 or fill out our confidential case evaluation form online to schedule a free consultation.
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