As a Gwinnett County auto accident lawyer, I was disturbed to read a recent reminder that we are all only as safe as the actions of the drivers around us. That point was driven home by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Aug. 31, reporting on an accident that killed a Metro Atlanta man sitting in his own living room with his family. According to the article, George Michael Bryant was killed when a driver in a speeding Lincoln Navigator SUV rammed into the side of his Douglasville home, injuring other family members and creating a huge hole in one wall. The driver, William Steward of Douglas County, was later charged with vehicular homicide, two counts of injuries by vehicle, and driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to the article, Bryant was watching a movie with his wife, their daughter and two grandchildren just before the accident. In addition to causing his death, the accident sent his wife, Joyce Bryant, and granddaughter, nine-year-old Aylisha Walters, to the hospital. Walters was in fair condition Aug. 31, while Joyce Bryant was expected to be released. Other family members were treated and released. Authorities say Steward was traveling at high speed when he hit the home, hitting mailboxes, bushes and a parked car on the way. Neighbors said drivers often speed on their stretch of road and sometimes lose control when rounding a nearby corner. However, WSBTV.com later reported that Steward had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19, more than twice the legal limit in Georgia, making this a serious Metro Atlanta drunk driving accident.
As a Metro Atlanta car crash attorney, I hope this accident prompts action to control speeding on this road, if it is the problem that the neighbors say it is. Speeding is illegal for a reason: Speed makes it more difficult to control vehicles and increases the force a vehicle brings to an accident, which means greater destruction and often more serious injuries for the people who are hit. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding was a contributing factor in 31% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2007, costing 13,040 lives and $40.4 billion. And statistics show that driving drunk correlates with speeding. In 2007, 40% of legally drunk (BAC of 0.08%) drivers involved in fatal crashes were speeding, while only 15 percent of sober drivers were speeding.
When someone else’s bad decisions cause a crash in Georgia, victims have the right to hold that wrongdoer legally responsible for the results. The Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle represents people in Metro Atlanta and throughout the state who were seriously hurt or lost a loved one through no fault of their own. Attorney Charles Scholle has represented accident victims since 1995, so he understands that victims are thrown into medically and financially difficult situations after a serious accident. Frequently, people who cannot work because of serious injuries face not only the challenge of supporting themselves and their families, but stacks of medical bills that add up to five or six figures. Our Georgia motor vehicle accident lawyer works hard to alleviate those financial worries by winning clients money for their medical bills, their injuries and their lost income.
If you were hurt in a Georgia traffic accident that was no fault of your own, you should talk to the Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle as soon as possible to learn more about your rights. To set up a free, completely confidential evaluation of your case, please contact us through the Internet, or call 1-866-972-5287.