Charges are reportedly pending against the alleged hit and run driver who fatally struck a man on a motor scooter in Lawrenceville Monday evening, April 27, 2015.
According to Fox Atlanta, the northbound scooter operator was attempting to turn left into a Burger King restaurant on Grayson Highway, near Gwinnett Drive, when a southbound Jeep SUV struck him in a head-on collision. The driver of the scooter perished from injuries in the crash.
Witnesses apparently told police the Jeep driver looked down at the victim before fleeing the scene. Lawrenceville Police were reportedly able to find the Jeep SUV in a driveway less than a mile away. Vehicular homicide charges are pending, per media reports.
Our Legal Take
As police continue to investigate, The Murray Law Firm is questioning what factors, such as speed, distraction or impairment, may have contributed to this tragedy.
Why did the Jeep driver flee the scene? Do cellphone records, traffic surveillance footage and roadway markings indicate whether he was distracted or speeding at the time of the crash? Was a blood test performed on the Jeep driver immediately following his capture?
As the details of this accident continue to emerge, and if the Jeep driver is deemed to be at-fault, the family of the victim may seek to pursue a legal claim for negligence with the Jeep driver’s insurance carrier. Negligence, under Georgia law, is generally defined as a lack of the degree of care which would have been exercised by an ordinarily prudent person under the same or similar circumstances. Where negligence exists, the injured person or that person’s family may be entitled to an award of damages that could include, among other items, compensation for: pain and suffering; loss of wages and future earning capacity; loss of consortium; and, emotional distress. If the facts of this matter warrant a negligence claim, it would not only be an avenue of justice for the victim’s family, but would also serve as a critically-needed message to all Georgia drivers on the need to look twice and share the road with scooters and motorcycles.
Based upon its prior experience in handling Georgia accident claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the victim’s family before any evidence may be repaired, altered, damaged or destroyed. It is imperative that the victim’s family retain a local attorney well-versed in Georgia law immediately to ensure all evidence is preserved and their interests are protected.
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The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in representing victims of motor vehicle accidents in Georgia, and we offer our legal expertise in this potential claim, if desired. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.
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