Early this past Saturday on Ga. Highway 8, a man on a moped was hit by a Subaru Forester in a head-on Dacula motorcycle collision. According to police, the Forester’s driver, Stephen Ventress of Auburn, crossed over the center lines while negotiating a turn in the road. The biker, Roger Shimmin of Winder, was thrown from his motorbike as a result of the impact and died shortly thereafter. Ventress, who posted $11,600 bond and was released from Gwinnett County Jail today, is now being charged with misdemeanor second-degree vehicular homicide, failing to maintain a single lane, and driving on the wrong side of the road.
This accident was truly a double-whammy. Not only was the motorcyclist at a distinct disadvantage due to lighter weight and less protection against impact, it was hit with the full force of a head-on collision. Besides which, the wreck took place early in the morning on a highway, which suggests that there was much more momentum in this case than in that of a head-on accident in an area with many stoplights and stop signs. It is tragic, but not surprising, that the Winder motorcyclist died at the scene of the accident.
Negotiating curves, particularly on a highway, requires a high degree of caution. Speed limits must always be observed, and depending on your vehicle and the flow of traffic, it is wise to err on the side of a more conservative speed. There is no way to know the particulars of this accident without having been there, but the fact that the accident took place around 6:30 a.m. makes it likely that the Subaru driver did not have much other traffic to gauge his speed against. But that is what the speedometer, and one’s own eyes and ears, are for. One must always be vigilant on the road, regardless of the hour, because danger lurks around every bend. I hope, for the safety of Georgia drivers everywhere, that Mr. Ventress has learned that lesson.
If you or a family member has been the victim of a Gwinnett County head-on collision or a Georgia motorcycle accident that resulted in injury or death, please don’t wait to seek legal advice. At the Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle, P.C., we have decades of experience in Georgia automobile accident cases, and are prepared to win you the compensation you deserve for your losses. To set up a confidential, free Greater Atlanta consultation at one of our satellite offices in the Perimeter, Buckhead or Decatur, or our main office in Duluth, contact us today. Our compassionate Gwinnett County motorcycle accident lawyers will do everything we can to help you get your life back on track.