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Unreliable Eyewitness Accounts Incorrectly Implicate Accident Victim

A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 25,580 people died and many more were injured in 2012 auto accidents from January through September. Being prepared before an accident can enable a victim to obtain all the necessary information that will be helpful to their case.

 

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

 

A woman was implicated by eyewitness accounts of an accident that killed her infant and her boyfriend. However, further investigation by the Georgia State Patrol cleared the woman of wrongdoing in the accident.

 

Accounts of the accident and the woman's arrest made national news. She was initially accused of reckless driving and was believed to be the driver in the accident which left her with a broken neck.

 

Additional investigation revealed that the boyfriend had been driving. Accident reconstruction experts believe the boyfriend lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail on the right side of the road. This caused the vehicle to swerve back into traffic where it was struck by other vehicles.

 

Eyewitnesses claimed the vehicle was racing and that the mother was driving. Both were found to be untrue. Eyewitness reliability has been questioned extensively including at a major 2012 Emory University symposium.

 

Video was discovered of the couple at a gas station several miles from the accident scene. The boyfriend is seen on the video getting in the driver's seat.

 

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia