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Special-Needs Teen Killed in Pedestrian Accident After Going Missing

Posted by John Hadden | Apr 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

There was a tragic outcome to a missing special-needs teenager who wandered away from his home while his mother took a shower. On Monday evening, April 6, 2020, a Loganville mother reported her 13-year-old son had disappeared from their home. Hours later he was struck by a van and killed while trying to cross Athens Highway, just a little over a mile from his house. The driver of the van will not be charged.

This death is one of many as pedestrian accidents have increased in recent years.

Pedestrian Accidents Have Been Rising

Unfortunately, pedestrian fatalities across the country have been rising in recent years. According to a 2018 report put out by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian fatalities in the United States have been steadily increasing since 2009, when there were just 4,109 deaths nationwide. In Georgia, 133 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2018, which was a 32 percent increase from the same time period in 2017.

The GHSA report found that 75 percent of the pedestrian fatalities in 2017 happened after dark. It also noted that about ten percent of the total 2017 pedestrian fatalities occurred on interstates but usually involved a motorist standing next to a broken-down car.

There are a few theories about why pedestrian accidents have been increasing. More people are driving SUVs than ever before, and a pedestrian versus a large and heavy SUV is no match at all. Another culprit may be distracted driving. With almost everyone having a smartphone these days, it is all too easy to take your eyes off the road, even for just a split second, to check a smartphone map or read a text message, even if using a hands-free holder.

Pedestrian Injuries

If you are fortunate enough to survive an accident with a car as a pedestrian, you are probably still facing a long hospital stay and recovery time. Typical injuries as a pedestrian can include

  • Broken bones
  • Internal bleeding
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Head and spinal cord injuries
  • Severe skin injuries

You can file a claim to seek compensation for the economic and non-economic damages you received as a result of a pedestrian accident. These damages may include

  • Medical expense
  • Future medical care
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of a limb
  • Loss of income

The Hadden Law Firm, Representing Pedestrian Victims

If you were a pedestrian and involved in an accident of no fault of your own, you may be facing months, if not years, of recovery. You deserve compensation for your immediate as well as long-term medical costs. Let The Hadden Law Firm help you get justice for what was done to you. Call The Hadden Law firm at 404-939-4525 or fill out a contact form to get started on your case today.

About the Author

John Hadden

John D. Hadden is the owner and founder of the Hadden Law Firm. An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, he is author of three respected treatises on Georgia litigation practice: Greens Georgia Law of Evidence, Georgia Law of Torts - Trial Preparation and Practice, and Georgia Magistrate Court...


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