How Trying to Beat a Red Light Proved to Be Fatal

November 24, 2017

How Trying to Beat a Red Light Proved to Be Fatal: Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorney Explains

Many drivers will agree that they have attempted to beat a red light by continuing through the intersection when the light has just turned yellow.  While it may not be illegal to drive through an intersection before the light turns red, drivers should still have an awareness that they should come to a stop if at all possible once a light turns yellow, given the dangers that other drivers may also be trying to beat a red light.

Tragic Motorcycle Accident Leaves One Man Dead

As a 25-year-old man was traveling south on Georgia Highway 29, he attempted to turn his large Ford pickup truck left while the light was still yellow. At the same time, a man on a motorcycle was traveling north on Georgia Highway 29.  He too was trying to beat a red light by driving through the intersection while the light was still yellow.  As the motorcyclist crossed the intersection, he slammed into the pickup truck that had turned.  He was unable to avoid striking the pickup truck and suffered fatal injuries.  He was taken to the hospital and later tragically passed away, according to the Newnan Times-Herald.

Could This Accident Have Been Prevented?

It is difficult to say at this time whether or not this tragic motorcycle accident could have been prevented.  Some may say that had both the driver of the pickup truck and the motorcyclist come to a stop at the yellow light, it may have been.  However, there may be additional factors to consider, and a thorough investigation of the accident will determine if there were any other potential causes that contributed to the untimely death of the motorcyclist.

Additional questions need to be answered to have a better understanding of what went wrong.  Such questions include the following:

  • Are there cameras at this intersection that may have documented the accident?
  • Was either driver speeding at the time this accident occurred?
  • Was the motorcyclist under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time the accident occurred (it has already been determined that the driver of the pickup truck was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time this accident occurred)?

Many accidents can take a very long time to be fully investigated.  This happens because answering some questions can lead to additional questions. Even if an investigation may take months to be completed, any injured victim or loved ones who have lost someone as a result of an accident caused by someone else's negligence can find guidance by seeking the help of an auto accident and personal injury attorney at Montlick & Associates.  

Put Our Law Firm's Over 35 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!

If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else's negligence, contact Montlick & Associates today for your free consultation with an experienced Accident Attorney in Georgia. Montlick & Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 35 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

Your Time to File a Claim is Limited By Georgia Law

There are time limitations for bringing a claim. Be sure to read our "Georgia Statute of Limitations" page for more information about important deadlines that effect your ability to file a motorcycle accident injury claim. We also provide a "A Guide to Personal Injury Law in Georgia" that will help you better understand the laws the affect your case.  Do not delay in seeking legal assistance, as you have a limited amount of time to pursue a claim.

No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


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