Riding motorcycles on city streets can be a dangerous thing, with every imperfection of the roads potentially affecting motorcycles more than bigger vehicles. Additionally, motorcycles can be hard for some drivers to control. In other cases, motorcycles can get smashed into by the larger vehicles. That happened in a high-profile Georgia case in which a verdict was recently announced.
The case began when a husband and wife were riding their Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle on March 15, 2015. A driver of a jeep turned in front of them, resulting in the accident. That driver was under the influence of prescription medications.
The wife and the husband both suffered serious injuries in the accident. The wife survived, but the husband did not, and died because of complications from his injuries.
The case was heard in Floyd County Superior Court. There, the wife described her husband as having been her soulmate and her rock. The driver of the jeep apologized to the wife and expressed remorse. He also pleaded guilty to DUI, serious injury by vehicle and vehicular homicide.
He was sentenced by the judge to five years in prison and an additional 10 years on probation. As part of his probation, he will not be allowed to drive.
He was also fined $1,000 and required to pay for medical costs and also other costs that insurance did not cover. He is required to report to jail at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday to begin the sentence.
Cases like this illustrate what can happen in serious accidents that involve both a motorcycle and a larger vehicle. Those who are involved in such accident should seek out legal advice from their attorney about how to pursue their case.
Source: Rome News-Tribune, “Sentence: 5 years for deadly DUI crash; victim’s wife says her husband was her soulmate,” John Bailey, May 13, 2016
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