The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Pedestrian Safety Action Plan reports that has over 100 pedestrian fatalities per year. GDOT estimated that 2012 pedestrian deaths would likely exceed those in 2011.
Of the pedestrian fatalities, 91 percent occur in the roadway and only 5 percent occur in marked crosswalks. According to GDOT, over half involve either an impaired driver or a distracted pedestrian.
Consulting a Clayton 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 Clayton County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a 31-year-old repeat offender was arrested and charged with hit-and-run, failure to exercise due care with pedestrians and driving without a valid license after three Georgia teens were struck while walking on a sidewalk. The teens, 14-, 15- and 16-years-old, were struck from behind. Two of the teens lost consciousness following the accident. The other teen remained conscious and provided police with a description of the offending vehicle.
The man who was arrested had outstanding warrants for battery, making terroristic threats and public drunkenness.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.