Another fatal car accident has occurred on our roads, and once again, the bad driving of one person has ended the life of another. This accident also included a motorcycle, which is even more vulnerable to the negligent driving of others. Motorcycles are so much smaller and less protected than cars and other kinds of vehicles, and they have become increasingly popular, which is reflected in the increasing number of motorcycle fatalities in recent years – between 2004 and 2008 motorcycle fatalities increased 59 percent.
In this case, there was a five vehicle accident on Monday, on Beaver Ruin Road at Interstate 85, in unincorporated Norcross during evening rush hour. At about 5pm, Brandon Roy, a 38-year- old from McDonough, Georgia, was driving his 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was stopped at a red light in the left turn lane with three other drivers, according to reports Then, a red 2006 BMW 325Ci travelling westbound in the left turn lane, driven by 42-year-old Kenneth Griffin of Dacula, “failed to stop and crashed into the stationary vehicles causing a chain reaction accident,” according to the Gwinnett County Police Department. Mr. Roy died of his injuries at the scene. The three other stationary drivers hit by Mr. Griffin, 25-year-old Paul Lowe of Lawrenceville, 52-year-old Usha Talwar of Tucker, and 61-year-old Steve LeBlanc of Roswell, were either unhurt or suffered minor injuries, showing perhaps the extra vulnerability of a motorcyclist in an accident. Mr. Griffin, the driver who caused the accident, was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Police say charges are pending against him for the accident and Mr. Roy’s death, and the Accident Investigation Unit is continuing to investigate. So far, it is unclear to the Accident Investigation Unit why Mr. Griffin did not stop his car. Traffic was held up for hours on I-85 as the wreckage of this tragic accident was cleared.
As attorneys working in vehicle accident law, we know there are several scenarios we come across time and again. Drunk driving is, of course, one of the most common scenarios, and the one that probably receives the most news coverage. However, running red lights is another extremely common scenario in accidents (see our posts here and here for examples), and like drunk driving, it is another instance of a totally avoidable accident if the driver had only taken the necessary care and followed the rules of the road. Those negligent drivers should be held responsible for their carelessness in hurting others.