Drinking and driving is ridiculously stupid, but drinking and driving on a motorcycle is even riskier.
You would think that someone who was drunk and could not walk straight, let alone see properly, would not go ahead and hop on his motorcycle, invite a passenger to travel with him and then take off figuring nothing could possibly happen to him. Yet this biker did just that and caused his passenger severe, life-altering injuries, including brain shearing, a dislocated shoulder and a broken femur.
As it turned out, the biker in this reported case, had a lengthy rap sheet when it came to having his name on the police blotter. At 32 years old, the man had already been charged by police, just a month prior to this wreck, with three counts of DUI involving crashes that resulted in the death or injury of another and aggravated assault with a vehicle.
Apparently, the man was heading east on the interstate at about 10 p.m. when his bike hit a pile of debris that he had not seen. He lost control of the motorcycle and as it started to slide sideways toward the ditch and flip, the passenger, a 26-year-old woman, was thrown off the bike. EMS crews got her to the nearest hospital for treatment, where doctors said she was lucky she had been wearing a helmet, or the brain injury she sustained could have been worse.
Evidently the man’s charges for this accident will also involve driving without proper vehicle registration, driving without insurance and driving with an expired license. One of the questions involved here is whether or not the woman was aware the biker did not have insurance or an expired license and still chose to ride with him. She certainly chose to ride with him drunk.
Many juries are less than enthusiastic about plaintiffs filing lawsuits against drunk drivers if they voluntarily rode with them, despite being aware they were inebriated. In this instance though, there are more than enough other charges and evidence to prove the biker was reckless with his behavior, and that it is likely the woman would not have a clue about his license issues.
If you have ever been in an accident like this one and want to know what your rights are, call an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer. You need to know where you stand, how you may recover compensation for your injuries and what to expect should you proceed to settlement or the courts.
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Tim Anderson writes for Atlanta Personal Injury attorney, Stephen M. Ozcomert. The firm specializes in personal injury, malpractice, motorcycle accidents, and wrongful death. To learn more about Atlanta personal injury lawyer, Stephen M. Ozcomert, visit http://www.ozcomert.com.
Tim Anderson writes for Atlanta Personal Injury attorney, Stephen M. Ozcomert. The firm specializes in personal injury, malpractice, motorcycle accidents, and wrongful death. To learn more about Atlanta personal injury lawyer, Stephen M. Ozcomert, visit Ozcomert.com.