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Hit-and-Run Trucker Kills Pedestrian

A young man on his way home was hit and killed by a truck.

It’s hard to imagine that someone could be just two blocks from home, and die in a hit-and-run accident. A 26-year-old man, whose day had started out like any other, was on his way home, and had only had two blocks to go, when he was hit in a crosswalk, clipped by a large, white box truck. He saw it, but is appears questionable if the trucker saw him.

The young man was left bleeding in the street while neighbors called 911 for help. EMS crews arrived quickly, and were able to transport him to hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries. Friends and those who saw the accident reported that they could not understand how the trucker could just hit the young man and leave the scene, when it was clear the victim was seriously injured. Many were heard to say that they thought the trucker belonged in jail for his actions.

Unfortunately, no one was able to get the truck license plate number: the accident happened so quickly, and no one was close enough to see it. The kid that grew up in the neighborhood was suddenly gone, and no one could help with information to track down the truck driver who hit him. The police spent hours trying to find the truck and the driver.

Wrongful death lawsuit? Yes, highly likely. It is incumbent on drivers to pay attention to what is going on around them, and that includes watching for people in a crosswalk. Was the driver texting? Was he on his cell phone? Was he under the influence? Until he is found, that is all speculation, but it is assumed that he was not paying attention on the night when he clipped the young man crossing the road. He was likely negligent by not paying attention to what he was doing. His actions ultimately killed someone who was in the right place, at the wrong time.

If you think you may have a wrongful death lawsuit, contact a skilled Atlanta personal injury lawyer. You need to know your rights, what to expect if you file a lawsuit and what types of damages may be sought through the courts.

Tim Anderson writes for Atlanta Personal Injury attorney, Stephen M. Ozcomert. The firm specializes in personal injury, malpractice, motorcycle accidents, and wrongful death. To learn more about Atlanta personal injury lawyer, Stephen M. Ozcomert, visit Ozcomert.com.