As an Atlanta car crash lawyer, I was grateful to see a good resolution to a terrible hit-and-run accident that took the life of a little girl this week. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Aug. 13 that a man who fled the scene after hitting a girl with his car has turned himself in. DeKalb County law enforcement officers say 44-year-old Gregory Armwood of Covington illegally changed lanes to pass a stopped MARTA bus before hitting six-year-old Sukmaya Mager. Mager died in the hospital Aug. 12, the same day she would have started elementary school. Armwood is charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and failure to exercise due care.
According to the article, a Clarkston police officer saw Armwood cross a double line to pass the stopped bus and another car. Mager, her mother and a neighbor were crossing the street in front of the vehicles, putting them right in Armwood’s path. The article did not specify whether Mager’s mother or neighbor were hurt in the crash, but it did say they were refugees from Nepal who had just arrived two weeks ago and don’t yet have jobs or good English skills. State records show that Armwood has multiple traffic offenses on his record, most recently in 2003, including speeding, DUI and running stop signs and red lights. He and his attorney did not comment for the article.
My heart goes out to this family, which must deal with this terrible tragedy while they build new lives in the United States. According to the article, the Magers have no relatives here, speak no English and have not yet found jobs, which means they will have trouble paying for their daughter’s cremation. As a Georgia auto accident attorney, I’m sorry to say that I see families thrown into similar financial situations all the time. Although the vast majority of my clients have jobs and are native-born Americans, a car crash can wreak havoc on a family’s finances, causing six-figure medical bills and weeks of lost wages from time when victims cannot work. Part of my job is helping families in this situation find solutions to these overwhelming legal and financial problems, caused by a serious accident that was no fault of their own.
Auto insurance should cover these injuries — but all too often, people with serious (and therefore expensive) injuries find that the insurance company will not pay what it owes. Gwinnett County car wreck lawyer P. Charles Scholle has nearly 15 years of experience standing up for the rights of accident victims in this situation. I negotiate aggressively with insurance companies to help my clients recover the money they are legally owed — money that can pay hospital bills and funeral costs and make ends meet while the clients get back on their feet. If necessary, I can and will file a Georgia car crash lawsuit to recover these damages and more. My goal is to handle the legal and bureaucratic details of an auto accident, so my clients are free to concentrate on getting better.
If you’ve lost a loved one or been seriously injured by a careless driver, the Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle can help. To learn more about your options and your rights at a free consultation, please contact us through our Web site, or call toll-free at 1-866-972-5287 today.