A motorcyclist has succumbed to his injuries following a crash that occurred close to the Hall-Habersham county line last week, the Georgia State Patrol says.
He is 66-year-old Michael Phillip Harbold of Alto.
Around 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, troopers responded to the scene of a crash involving a Chevrolet Silverado and a motorcycle.
The pickup truck was traveling along Mud Creek Road when the accident occurred.
The driver of the Silverado, 55-year-old Jeffery Garmon of Lula, allegedly failed to yield and pulled out in front of Harbold who was going south on Cornelia Highway.
An eyewitness reported seeing the pickup truck stop at the intersection but said the Garmon’s vehicle partially blocked a northbound lane. The two vehicles soon crashed.
Meanwhile, Garmon reportedly said that he stopped and waited for northbound traffic on Cornelia Highway to pass but the motorcycle hit him when he proceeded to cross.
Harbold was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he subsequently passed away. Garmon was not injured.
The GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash.
Georgia State Patrol assistant post commander Joshua Hedden said charges are pending.
Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries to the motorcyclist. In the most serious cases, the biker dies.
That’s partly because motorcyclists don’t have an enclosed vehicle, seat belts or airbags to protect them. The fact that bikes are less stable than cars when swerving or braking suddenly also puts motorcyclists at increased risk.
Motorcyclists often suffer serious injuries like spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries, and internal organ damage. Sometimes, these injuries prove to be fatal.
If you suffered injuries in a crash or you lost a loved one, a Georgia motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help you get compensation.