McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham, LLP
Small Firm. Big Justice.
Free Initial Consultations 706-508-4292

Pedestrian sustains personal injury after hit-and-run impact

One common form of pedestrian injury is the individual on a suburban road at night who is hit by a vehicle travelling in the same direction. A recent Georgia personal injury incident illustrates the problem. A 48-year-old Macon County man was hurt in an accident while walking in the middle of the south bound lane on Highway 49 South in Oglethorpe at about 2 a.m.

A vehicle struck him down and kept going. Georgia State Patrol are investigating, and requesting information from the public. Authorities reported skid marks on the road. They said that the skid marks indicated a small body car or small truck.

Hit-and-run drivers are often found when friends, acquaintances or family members notice damage to a vehicle and evidence of a car accident. The driver may attempt to cover it up. Or sometimes the driver takes the vehicle to get the damage repaired. The auto mechanics may then call the police with a tip. Occasionally, family and friends of the injured person will put up a reward for information.

The investigating trooper says that he believes that the victim was drinking prior to the personal injury. However, the mere fact of drinking doesn't in itself prove negligence by the pedestrian nor does it relieve the driver of the inescapable duty to drive carefully and always focused on the road ahead. A driver must be in such control of the vehicle that it can be stopped in sufficient time to avoid hitting an object on the road ahead. Here, skid marks do prove that the driver saw something important and tried to stop before the collision, but was likely too close to stop in time.

The injured man was taken to the hospital, where he was treated. Initial reports of bruises and cuts do not reflect that there may be serious injuries that appear in the ensuing hours or days after the accident. In Georgia and elsewhere, personal injury practitioners commonly find that serious injuries are not always observable right after an accident. For one thing, the injured person is often in a state of shock, and his or her normal sensibilities to pain are not always in sync with the damage that has been done.

Source: 41nbc.com, "GSP Searching for Driver in Macon County Hit and Run," Ashley Minelli, June 25, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Consult A Lawyer Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Get started on your legal case. Call 706-508-4292 local, or toll free at 800-798-3162 today.

McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham, LLP

Office Location

411 West Crawford Street
Dalton, GA 30720

Toll Free: 800-798-3162
Phone: 706-508-4292
Phone: 706-508-4292
Fax: 706-278-5002
Map & Directions

review us

Mail: PO Box 1105
Se Habla EspaƱol
Phone:
Fax: