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Gwinnett County Creates Uniform Road Memorials, Removes Family Memorials

Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. It is estimated that an additional 416,000 people were injured in automobile crashes involving a distracted driver.

 

Consulting a Gwinnett County attorney after an auto accident involving a distracted driver enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver in Gwinnett County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 

Most people think of distracted driving as texting or talking on the phone while driving. But a Gwinnett County government agency determined that personally-erected roadway memorials were distractions and needed to be removed. The memorials were often elaborate with messages, decorations, artificial flowers and photos. In their place the state created a uniform memorial program where a family could purchase a sign that would be erected for a year and installed by state workers.

 

The state-erected signs would be placed well off the roadway. State officials claimed that the personal memorials were often placed too close to the roadway. Officials also claimed that family and friends would sometimes gather at the makeshift memorial and they created a roadway hazard.

 

The new signs would be in place for one year. They are limited to victims' families and the signs are returned to the purchaser after one year.

 

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Gwinnett County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia