Another tragic motorcycle accident occurred recently in Georgia.This blog has discussed the particular vulnerabilities of motorcycles, and how drivers need to be especially careful around motorcycles or scooters. Unfortunately, unnecessary accidents continue to occur and cost lives. Between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed in accidents and about 1,222,000 people were treated across the U.S. in emergency rooms for a motorcycle related injuries, according to government statistics – a 55 percent increase in fatalities during that period. Non-fatal injuries rose as well, from 120,000 in 2001 to 175,000 in 2008.
Georgia, like the nation as a whole, has struggled with reducing motorcycle fatalities. The number of fatalities increased 59 percent between 2004 and 2008 in Georgia alone. However, for the same period, the number of motorcycle registrations in Georgia rose by 63 percent. This is a problem that needs to be addressed, not only because of the number of crashes, but for the disproportionate likelihood of serious injury or death when driving a motorcycle as opposed to another type of vehicle. In Georgia, motorcycle crashes are only one percent of all vehicle crashes; nevertheless, they account for seven percent of all vehicle crash fatalities, most resulting from head injuries. Motorcyclists are 35 percent more likely than drivers of cars to experience a road accident.
In this case, at about 3pm on Saturday, October 6, Nicholas Seth Clark, a 23-year-old from Monroe, was stopped in the eastbound lane of Youth Monroe Road, south of Loganville near Ho Hum Hollow Road in his Hyundai Elantra, according to the Georgia State Patrol. George Latimore, 54-years-old and also from Monroe, was on his motorcycle travelling westbound on Youth Monroe Road. Mr. Clark reportedly stopped, then tried to turn left into a driveway, but did so in front of Mr. Latimore’s motorcycle. The motorcycle hit the right rear fender of the Elantra. A witness told reporters that both lanes of Youth Monroe Road were shut down while the paramedics tried to treat Mr. Latimore’s injuries. The Georgia State Patrol and Walton County Fire/Rescue and EMS also responded to the accident. Mr. Latimore was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta but died from his injuries later that same day.
Georgia State Patrol Public Information Officer, Gordy Wright, stated that charges are pending against Mr. Clark, depending on the outcome of the investigation by the Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team. When that investigation is complete, a trooper will meet with the prosecutor to determine if any charges should be filed, a process that may take months.
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