A Sunday church service had just ended when a North Georgia couple mounted their 2015 Harley-Davidson to ride home. They only made it to Dawnville Road in Whitfield County before a driver under the influence ruined their night of worship.
Motorcyclists Mowed Down By Drunk Driver
The driver of a Mercury Grand Marquis was trying to light a cigarette when his car crossed the median. His vehicle collided head on with a Harley-Davidson, ejecting the motorcycle’s riders, and sending both vehicles crashing down a 30-foot embankment. When the police arrived, they declared the couple dead, and arrested the driver, who sustained only minor injuries.
The driver will now be charged with first degree homicide by vehicle, driving with a suspended or revoked license, failure to maintain lane, driving on the wrong side of the road and driving under the influence. However, this news brings little solace to a family morning the loss of their mother and father.
In an interview with WRCB3, the son and daughter of the couple spoke out against this senseless act. They described their parents as loving parents who lived by the Bible, and they said that their parents wouldn’t want them to harbor hate in their hearts. In turn, the survivors of this motorcycling couple would just like others to learn from their tragedy.
Are These Types of Accidents Common?
In 2013, 10,076 people died because of drunk drivers, which is 31 percent of all the driving fatalities that year. That same year, 1,496 of those drunk driving fatalities were motorcyclists, which is almost 15 percent of all drinking-related accidents. Considering that motorcyclists only make up 3 percent of all the vehicles on America’s roads, this stat means that motorcyclists are at even greater risk from drunk drivers than the normal car driver or passenger.
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and so the motorcycle accident attorneys here at the McArthur Law Firm want you to be aware of the dangers motorcyclists have to face. These riders have no protection other than leather jackets and helmets, so they can use all the help they can get. To learn more about motorcycle safety and fighting drunk driving, keep following our blog, and tell us your solutions on Facebook and Twitter.