Fatal Crash on Downtown Connector

In the end of July, a multi- vehicle car crash on the Downtown Connector in Atlanta killed one person, according to news reports. Our Atlanta car accident attorneys know that these multi-vehicle accidents are dangerous, and that too many Georgians die unnecessarily in road accidents each year.

The accident happened just after midnight in the early hours of Saturday July 20, on the southbound side of the Connector near Ga. 166.  The chain of events started with a Jeep Compass, driven by 36 year old Jeremy Crawley, leaving the road, crashing into a retaining wall and then driving back into the road, stopping in one of the lanes.  Oncoming vehicles managed to stop, except for a Volvo X90, driven by 28 year old Hollis Hamilton Floyd, which rear ended one of the stopped cars, a Kia Forte.  The Kia was extensively damaged in the crash.  Adrianna Barron, a 23 year old, was a passenger in the Kia and was killed in the accident.  There were other injuries involved in the crash, but none were life threatening.

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Police suspected that alcohol played a role in this tragic accident.  So far, Jeremy Crawley has been charged in connection to the accident with failure to maintain a lane, DUI, and homicide by vehicle.  Hollis Hamilton Floyd has been charged with reckless driving, DUI, and homicide by vehicle, as well.

The fact that this tragic accident that took a young woman’s life was related to alcohol is unfortunately not surprising.  In 2007, 26,442 people were arrested for a DUI in Georgia.  Each year hundreds of people die in Georgia due to alcohol related vehicle crashes, and nationwide Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) report that 27 people are killed in alcohol related crashes each day.  The problem is exacerbated at night, as in the crash that took Ms. Barron’s life.  Alcohol impairment while driving is nearly four times more likely at night than during the day.  And the problem is one with a cycle of repeat offenders- nearly one third of all drivers arrested for a DUI have been arrested for a DUI before.  A 2010 survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 17 million Americans admitted to having driven under the influence at some point.  Clearly this problem needs to be addressed, and one of the ways to do that is by using the court system to get some small amount of justice or simply some help for victims of these accidents.

Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys

If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident with a drunk or negligent driver in Georgia, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter may be able to help get the compensation needed and deserved.  Even though monetary compensation cannot recover a lost loved one or truly heal some wounds from these tragic and unnecessary accidents, a civil case can help with medical bills and other expenses from the accident.  Contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-991-5950, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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