A fatal pedestrian accident happened on Tuesday in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. The accident occurred within twelve hours of another pedestrian accident that resulted in death near the same location. At approximately 7:02 a.m., the pedestrian attempted to cross the southbound lanes of South Cobb Drive when he was struck by a 2004 GMC truck. After the initial collision, he was then struck by a second vehicle, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the truck remained at the scene and is cooperating with police, but the driver of the second vehicle fled the scene. The identity of the pedestrian was not immediately released, but witnesses claim it is the owner of a nearby auto shop. The pedestrian accident that occurred hours earlier claimed the life of a 61-year-old man when he was also attempting to cross the street near the intersection of Marietta Highway and Coleman Road. Both accidents are under investigation.
Each year in the United States, there are nearly 5,000 people killed in pedestrian accidents. Officials have begun campaigns to raise the awareness of the dangers a pedestrian could experience, and encourage pedestrians to follow all safety precautions to avoid an accident. Wearing reflective clothing, walking in well-lit areas, and utilizing crosswalks and sidewalks may prevent a pedestrian accident. However, distracted driving, driving under the influence, and speeding are often to blame for pedestrian accidents.
If you have suffered damages in a pedestrian accident, it is important to consult a personal injury attorney at Meyerkord & Kurth. Our attorneys have handled thousands of accident cases and have recovered over $350 million for our client’s damages. We will work to recover the maximum compensation available while supporting you during this difficult time. Contact us today to speak with an experienced St. Louis pedestrian accident attorney.