50-year-old Tony Bateman was struck and killed by a Macon Transit Authority bus while cycling Tuesday morning, January 21, 2014.
According to Bibb County police, Mr. Bateman was struck in the southbound lanes of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, near Concord Street, just before 7:00am Tuesday morning. Mr. Bateman was rushed to The Medial Center of Georgia where he later perished from injuries.
Advocates for pedestrian and cyclist rights and personal injury attorneys at The Murray Law Firm are investigating this tragedy and question whether distraction, impairment or speed were factors in the horrific accident.
Why did the driver fail to stop or swerve in time? Was the driver distracted by a cellphone or passenger at the time of the crash? The posted speed limit is 30mph; how fast was the bus traveling?
Despite the convergence of several different roads at the Houston Ave, Concord Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard intersection, there is no bicycle lane. What efforts are city planners making to improve safety for cyclists in this area?
As the details of this accident continue to emerge, the family of Tony Bateman may elect to hold the driver of this accident civilly liable for his wrongful death. Additional claims may also be filed with the Macon Transit Authority and city should a lack of cyclist and pedestrian safety standards have contributed to this tragedy. Such substantial claims will not only remind Georgia drivers of the need to share our roads with cyclists and pedestrians, but also demand city officials finally make cyclist and pedestrian safety a priority. Through the addition of bicycle lanes and improved street lighting in this area perhaps many other lives may be spared.
Our sincere condolences and prayers are with the family of Tony Bateman. The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of cycling and pedestrian accidents and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking legal representation or further information is encouraged to contact us at 478.246.1010 or toll free at 888.842.1616.