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Driver exits car after accident, is fatally struck on road

When someone in Atlanta is involved in a car accident, officials generally recommend that people stay inside their vehicles until help arrives. People who have been in an accident might have suffered some shock as a result of the crash and may not be completely cognizant of their surroundings; also, someone who is injured might aggravate their injuries by trying to move without being evaluated first by emergency personnel.

A driver in a recent early morning accident who was not apparently seriously injured in the crash decided to get out of her vehicle to check on the condition of the driver in the other vehicle. Unfortunately, another vehicle hit the 52-year-old woman after she exited the car; the woman died as a result of her injuries.

The driver who was in the vehicle that was hit initially was also injured and hospitalized after the crash. The driver of the car that fatally struck the woman stayed at the scene; it was not clear if that person was going to be charged as a result of the incident.

As a result of the events, what began as a relatively routine car accident with injuries turned into a fatal pedestrian accident. It should serve as a reminder to people that when they come across cars that are stopped on the road in the aftermath of an accident that there may be people walking around or exiting the vehicles. It isn't clear if the fatal accident could have been avoided with more vigilance, but it is a reminder to be more careful on the road.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Fatal pedestrian accident on Camp Creek Parkway," Mike Morris, March 11, 2013

Our firm handles cases similar to this one. For more information, please visit our Atlanta wrongful death page.

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