Motorcycle Passenger Killed in Alleged DUI Accident on Downtown Connector

Posted on Jul 09, 2014

A motorcycle passenger died and the rider was injured in a devastating accident with an alleged drunk driver on the Downtown Connector in Atlanta, Georgia last week. The 33-year-old passenger was reportedly ejected from the motorcycle after being rear-ended by another vehicle, whose driver was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. If you have suffered injuries in a Georgia motorcycle accident with an alleged drunk driver, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle wreck, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Rechtman & Spevak today for legal help. You may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit against the driver found at-fault in the accident, in order to seek fair and timely reimbursement for your losses.

Alleged Drunk Driver Blew a .209

According to a report by the Atlanta Police Department, Jessica Johnson was traveling south on I-75/85 when she tried to move into the exit lane for I-20 and her Hyundai Sonata clipped the back of a motorcycle carrying two people. The impact with the Sonata knocked the female passenger, 33-year-old Ellie Norris, off the back of the motorcycle, and she was subsequently run over by Johnson’s vehicle and pinned to the pavement. When police arrived on the scene of the Georgia motorcycle accident, Johnson blew a .209 on a preliminary breath test, which is more than double the 0.08 legal limit to operate a motor vehicle in Georgia. Following the fatal motorcycle accident, Johnson was taken to the Fulton County Jail and charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI, reckless driving and following too closely.

Our Skilled Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help

Because motorcycles are much smaller than passenger cars and trucks and offer riders far less protection than other motor vehicles, motorcyclists and their passengers face a much higher risk of suffering serious injuries or being killed in the event of an accident. In fact, statistics show that motorcycle riders are a whopping 35 times more likely to be involved in a deadly accident than occupants in passenger cars. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Atlanta, Marietta, or elsewhere in Georgia, consult our reputable lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak to discuss your legal options. Our law firm is located in Atlanta, and our attorneys have years of experience protecting the rights of motorcycle accident victims and their families throughout the state of Georgia.

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