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Teenager Accused of Drunk Driving in Atlanta Accident That Killed Motorcycle Passenger

As an Atlanta intoxicated driving attorney, I was sorry to see that a drunk driver claimed at least one life in a recent motorcycle crash. A woman riding on the back of a motorcycle died after a suspected drunk driver hit the motorbike, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Aug. 8. The woman and her companion, who was operating the motorbike, were returning from the National Bikers’ Roundup at the Atlanta Motor Speedway at around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 8. According to a Clayton County police spokesman, they were rear-ended by a driver who fled the scene but was apprehended. She was pronounced dead at the scene; her male companion was hospitalized with serious injuries.

The unidentified victim was visiting Georgia from South Carolina; her companion is from Riverdale. According to the article, they were on Riverdale Road near Garden Walk Boulevard when Lamar Jayson Johnson, 18, struck the motorcycle from behind. Johnson continued down Riverdale and then hit another vehicle, a police spokesman said, before abandoning his car and starting to run. A witness to the crash followed Johnson on foot and managed to subdue him until police arrived. Johnson, of McDonough, is charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, following too closely and possession of alcohol by a minor. He is being held in Clayton County jail.

As a Georgia motorcycle accident attorney, I know from both experience and research that motorcyclists are only as safe as the least safe driver on the road allows them to be. That can include the motorcyclists themselves, of course, but research shows that in the majority of multi-vehicle accidents, it’s another driver who didn’t see the bike until it was too late. That’s particularly bad because serious motorcycle accidents can wrongfully kill the riders or leave them with life-changing, catastrophic injuries — regardless of fault. Motorcyclists and their families are often left to pick up the pieces while they struggle with insurance companies and the other driver, who may use juries’ prejudice against motorcycles as an excuse to deny the settlement payments they owe under their own contracts.

The Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle fights for these injured motorcyclists and their loved ones who were harmed by another driver’s carelessness. Gwinnett County motorcycle crash lawyer Charles Scholle has represented injured people since 1995, so he understands that clients come to him at a difficult time in their lives. That’s why our office does everything we can to help ease the personal and financial burdens a serious accident can cause, negotiating with insurance companies and handling the legal details so clients are free to work on healing. The goal is always to get clients the best possible financial settlement — money they can use to pay past and future medical bills, support themselves while they cannot work and compensate them for a devastating injury.

If you or someone you love was hit by a careless driver while riding a motorcycle in Georgia, you should call the Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle as soon as possible for a free consultation on your case. To set one up, please contact us online, send an email or call 1-866-972-5287.