Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident lawyers saw a tragic news story about the death of a pedestrian after being hit by a tractor trailer on I-75 in Henry County. Pedestrian car crashes are a significant problem. Across the United States 4,280 pedestrians were killed in vehicle accidents in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The same year more than 70,000 pedestrians were injured. Pedestrians are actually 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a vehicle accident than people in the vehicle on each trip. These numbers mean that a pedestrian is injured in a vehicle crash once every eight minutes and a pedestrian is fatally injured once every two hours.
This was the case for a Georgia man this week. Alan Bryan Fletcher pulled over to the shoulder at mile marker 211 on the southbound side near Locust Grove Road, although police are not sure if it was due to a mechanical issue with his car or if he just stopped. He walked around to the front of his car and went into the road. Mr. Fletcher, a 52 year old from Locust Grove, was then hit by a passing tractor trailer and was pronounced dead on the scene just before noon on October 7, according to Henry County Police Lt. Philip Bratton. The tractor trailer driver stopped after the accident, but his name was not released. The accident stopped traffic on the southbound lanes for an hour while on-site investigations were conducted as to what exactly happened to Mr. Fletcher. The investigation into the accident is on-going.
This has been a bad week for vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents in the Atlanta area. Mr. Fletcher was the second pedestrian just on that Monday, October 7, who was hit by a vehicle in the Atlanta area. An unidentified woman was standing on I-75/85 near Fulton Street when she was hit by a Kia Optima. This occurred around 10:30 am. She was standing in the second lane to the right on the Downtown Connector and several cars swerved to miss her before she was hit by the Kia. Investigators were not sure why she was in the road, but she was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital while still unconscious to treat her injuries.
Atlanta Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers
If you or a family member has been injured in a vehicle accident with a negligent driver, the personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter, PC can assist in determining whether you have a case and how to move forward. There are many types of vehicle accidents, and sometimes, like above, they involve vehicles hitting pedestrians, or those on bikes or scooters, etc. An experienced attorney who keeps up to date on Georgia vehicle accident laws and cases can work to get compensation you need and deserve. To discuss your situation, call the Law Office today at 404-814-8949, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation.