George Buchanan and John Robertson Killed in Savannah Pedestrian Accidents; Investigators Search for Impairment or Distraction Link in Holiday Pedestrian Fatalities
The Georgia Legal Report is investigating a sudden spike in pedestrian car accidents during the past holiday week, which has left many families devastated and a community ill at ease.
According to police, George Buchanan was crossing a Savannah street around 6:30pm Friday [December 21, 2012] when he was hit by a car. Mr. Buchanan was taken to Memorial University Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. The tragic accident was the second pedestrian fatality in only two days.
53-year-old John Robertson was killed by a pickup truck on Thursday night [December 20, 2012]. Savannah police report Mr. Robertson was one of three people hit by cars in Savannah on Thursday. The four separate accidents are still under police investigation and charges against the drivers have not yet been reported.
Though the cause of these accidents is still under police investigation, Savannah attorneys at The Murray Law Firm are investigating whether distraction or impairment was a factor in either of these incidents. If the drivers in these accidents are found at fault, the families of Mr. Robertson and Mr. Buchanan may elect to hold them civilly liable for the deaths of their loved ones.
Financial recovery is, of course, not of importance to a grieving family, however it is important that the victims and families consult with an experienced law firm as early as possible to ensure any evidence relating to the accident remains preserved and that the family's best interests are protected. Although the victims' families are rightfully entitled to maximum insurance coverage limits, which may well be in the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, all too often insurance companies and unscrupulous parties are reluctant to pay victims what they deserve.
These tragedies serve as a grave reminder to all Georgia drivers to drive safely and responsibly this holiday season. Recent reports show pedestrian fatalities are on the rise throughout Georgia as "more Americans are walking for exercise and to avoid paying higher gas prices." Vehicular digital distractions, such as cellphones and GPS devices, are growing, creating a lethal combination. Another concern during holiday weeks is the inexcusable increase of impaired drivers. Drunk driving was cited as a factor in several of the 17 Georgia traffic fatalities over Christmas weekend.
The Georgia Legal report wishes our community a safe and healthy New Year.
If you are seeking further information on either of these incidents, please contact our legal hotline toll-free at (888) 842-1616 or locally at 912-385-6960.