Georgia Motorcyclist Killed in Accident on U.S. 129 in Blount County, TN


October 31, 2018

BLOUNT COUNTY, TN. – October 25, 2018 (thedailytimes.com) According to an online news report from thedailytimes.com, a motorcyclist from Georgia was killed October 25 in a collision on U.S. 129 in Blount County, Tennessee.*

Shortly before 3 p.m. on October 25, 73-year-old Tommie Fordham, of Port Wentworth, Georgia, was riding a 2013 Yamaha Roadstar southbound on U.S. 129 in Blount County. At mile marker 8, Fordham attempted to negotiate a curve in the road and lost control of his motorcycle. He traveled off the right side of the roadway and crashed about 25 yards down an embankment. 

Fordham was thrown from the bike and died at the scene, according to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office. He was wearing a helmet at the time, and it was model approved by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Authorities are continuing to investigate the collision and have not released additional information at this time. 

In Georgia, more than 10 percent of all traffic fatalities since 2007 have involved motorcyclists, according to data from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. In 2016, approximately 173 motorcyclists died in motor vehicle accidents, which represented a 26 percent increase in motorcyclist fatalities since 2014. 

Lack of helmets is a continuing problem in Georgia, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, with incidents involving motorcyclists without helmets on the rise since 2013. In 2016, an estimated 10 motorcyclist fatalities involved un-helmeted riders. However, the number of un-helmeted riders seemed to decline after 2016. 

In 2017, 209 motorcyclists were killed in vehicle crashes, and data indicate 3 percent of those people were not wearing helmets. So far in 2018, the Office reports 264 people have died in motorcycle accidents in Georgia, three of whom were not wearing helmets. 

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