Oconee County prosecutors charged two motorcyclists involved in a wreck that occurred on May 10. The accident, which happened around 7:15 p.m. near the Oconee Crossing, caused multiple injuries. The accident happened after a chased that had started in Walton County. According to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, both the Walton County officers and Georgia State Patrol were involved in the chase.
During the chase, one of the Walton County officers clocked the motorcyclists driving at dangerously high rates of speed. The supervisor called off the chase because of the possible dangers to the public. The risks of possible injuries resulting from the chase outweighed the need to immediately catch them. The motorcyclists continued speeding after exiting Walton County, then traveled into Oconee County where they are accused of causing an auto accident.
The driver of a Lexus was travelling east on GA 53 before trying to turn left onto Vanessa Ave. One of the motorcyclists tried to pass the Lexus traveling in a no passing zone on the wrong side of the road. The motorcyclist hit the car on the driver’s front side after failing to stay in the proper lane. The other motorcyclist struck the same vehicle on the rear driver’s side after attempting to pass on the outside shoulder.
Motorcyclists have the same liability as any other drivers on the road. When they cause an auto accident or hit a pedestrian, they are liable for the injuries and damaged suffered. Sometimes motorcyclists negotiate a settlement with the victims. Other times the victims must file a personal injury claim to seek compensation from the motorcyclist.
Source: http://oconee.patch.com/, “Two Motorcyclists Charged Following Wreck in Oconee County“, Sharon Swanepoel and Stephanie Gross, May 13, 2013