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Roswell Officer Involved in Accident

Posted on: October 13th, 2017 by James Haug

Red and blue Lights of police car in night time. abstract blurry imageA driver is facing several charges after sideswiping a police cruiser. The driver was traveling eastbound when he struck a stationary patrol car that had its blue lights activated.

According to reports, a Roswell police officer was offering assistance to the local fire department. The officer had activated his overhead lights and parked his patrol car in such a way that eastbound lanes of traffic of a local roadway were blocked. As the officer was rendering assistance, he was struck by a passing vehicle.

The driver of that vehicle apparently did not notice the flashing lights of the police car and struck the cruiser with his own vehicle. The man was approached by the officer who had been blocking traffic and was asked to perform a set of field sobriety tests. The man complied with the tests and was arrested after those tests indicated he may have been impaired.

The man was ultimately arrested and charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain a lane and a violation of the state’s move over law. No one was seriously hurt in the accident and no further details of the incident were made available.

If you have been in a car accident in Atlanta and the other driver was found to be impaired, you have legal rights. Reach out to our team of experienced car accident attorneys to discover more about your legal rights under Georgia law. We will review the details of your accident and help you seek the compensation you are entitled to.

When Nursing Homes are Accused, Georgia is Slow to Act

Posted on: September 29th, 2017 by James Haug

senior man covering his face with his handsWhen a loved one is injured or abused in a nursing home, family members have every right to believe that an investigation will take place in a timely manner. According to federal law, when a serious injury or death is reported, states have two days to initiate an investigation. In Georgia, those investigations have taken weeks to begin.

According to reports, Georgia is the second-slowest state in the nation to begin investigating allegations of abuse or serious injury in its nursing homes. While other states have begun investigations in a timely manner, officials in Georgia have taken as many as 15 days to start an investigation.

The state’s Department of Community Health has blamed a high rate of turnover, low pay and job vacancies for the lack of speed in investigations. They have also said that their backlog has been cleared thanks to a state allocation of $4.3 million.

One woman who made a report on behalf of her mother said that not only did the investigation take too long to start, but just making the report proved to be difficult. Georgia is second only to Tennessee in the length of time it took to begin investigations. The two states received more than 900 complaints in 2015. Of those complaints, 654 were investigated late.

If a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse in Atlanta, you have legal rights. Reach out to our team of personal injury attorneys for assistance. We will review your case and help you make the best decisions possible.

Two Arrests Made in Connection with Hit and Run

Posted on: September 22nd, 2017 by James Haug

Driver riding motorcycle on an asphalt road at night towards big cityA 31-year-old man was struck and killed in I-75 and left along the side of the road. No one stopped after hitting him, and police were initially unaware of who could have committed the crime. Earlier in September, it was reported that two people had been arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

According to initial reports, a man was riding his motorbike along I-75 near Bob White Trail. The man was struck from behind, was ejected from his motorbike and pronounced dead after he was located and taken to a local hospital. Two people have been charged in connection with that death.

A man and his mother were both taken into custody for the death. Officers used a piece of the car that struck the man to narrow down the list of suspects and finally locate the owner of the car. The person that was discovered to have been driving the vehicle confessed to being involved in the crash. That person has been charged with improper lane change, first-degree vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended license.

The driver’s mother, the owner of the vehicle, was charged with insurance fraud and tampering with evidence. Court dates for the pair were not immediately available.

If you have been involved in a hit and run in Atlanta, you have legal rights. Reach out to our office and speak with an experienced attorney. We will review the details of your accident and advise you of the appropriate next steps.

Weather Blamed for Tragic Accident

Posted on: September 15th, 2017 by everspark

car driving in the rain on a wet roadIn what could be called a tragic accident, the weather is ultimately being blamed for the death of a mother and her infant child. The pair were killed in a four-vehicle accident in Cobb County on September 12, 2017.

According to reports, the woman was traveling in a Nissan Altima on Windy Hill Road. The woman was driving with her infant and two small children when she lost control of her car. The vehicle crossed the median, directly into the path of a pickup truck. As a result of that accident, the pickup truck was hit by an SUV. The SUV then struck another vehicle.

The driver of the Nissan passed away on scene, as did the 1-year-old child. The two other children in the car were taken to local hospitals. One child was listed as under observation and the other was listed as being in stable condition. A passenger in the pickup truck was also transported to a hospital with injuries.

Others involved in the accident included adults and a child. None of these people reported any injuries and none were transported. There were no charges filed in the crash.

If you have been involved in an accident in Atlanta, you have legal rights. When insurance doesn’t cover your medical costs or property damage, you may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for the financial difficulties you are facing. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for a case evaluation and let us assist you in taking the next steps.

Irma’s Track Remains Uncertain

Posted on: September 1st, 2017 by everspark

Earth at night from orbit with city lights and huge hurricane near florida, USA. 3D illustrationHurricane Irma has been called a “beast.” The hurricane is making its way across the Atlantic Ocean, and forecasters are keeping a close eye on where it may make landfall. Currently, it’s projected that the storm will strike Florida, but the lower East Coast may be at risk as well.

While the storm may be threatening Florida and Georgia, the good news is that the people of Texas may be spared. The people of Houston and surrounding areas have had all the pounding they can take from Hurricane Harvey. Currently, officials do not believe the major storm will make landfall before the end of the week.

As of the last reports, Hurricane Irma had been upgraded to a Category 3 storm. It was anticipated that it would continue to pick up steam, and strength, and be upgraded to a Category 4. People in the southern states are being advised to make preparations for the impact of the storm. If it continues to gain strength, experts warn that there could be devastation the likes of which no one has seen.

Residents in the Gulf Coast and East Coast are being told to keep a close eye on weather reports and storm trackers. Preparedness will be essential if the storm follows what has been predicted.

If you or a loved one has been injured in Atlanta, you have legal rights. Reach out to our experienced personal injury attorneys today to schedule a free case evaluation. We will review the details of your incident and advise you of your legal options.

Cheer Injury Makes National Headlines

Posted on: August 25th, 2017 by everspark

group of young girls cheerleader with red pom-pomsIt didn’t happen in Atlanta, but it could have. In recent national news, a young cheerleader is seen with her face contorted in pain as a coach pushes her leg down, forcing her to perform a split. The teenager begs the coach and her teammates to stop. The incident occurred in Denver and is being investigated as child abuse.

An investigation was launched after a video of the incident surfaced. Nobody has been charged as of yet, but police are investigating the practice that occurred at East High School. Five employees of the school have been placed on leave following the girl’s injury: the principal, assistant principal, cheer coach, assistant cheer coach and school system Deputy General Counsel.

The incident took place in early June and the victim is a 13-year-old child. The girl, her parents say, was forced into a split because she wasn’t flexible enough to perform one on her own. Girls who weren’t able to perform splits were in danger of being cut from the squad. As a result of her injuries, the child sustained injuries to her ligaments and muscles in the groin area. Although the parents had approached the principal immediately following the event, it wasn’t until they released the video publicly that the school system took any action.

The Denver School Board issued a statement that said, in part, “…challenging our students should never compromise their health and safety, or their personal consent.”

If your child has been injured during sports practice or play in Atlanta, you may have a case for a personal injury lawsuit. Call our team of experienced attorneys today for a free case evaluation and learn more about your legal rights.

Man Arrested in Connection with Georgia Crash

Posted on: August 18th, 2017 by James Haug

Close-up of gps navigation system In carA man has been arrested in connection with a crash in Gwinnett County that took the life of a 9-year-old girl. The man was allegedly following the directions of his GPS when he caused the multi-vehicle wreck.

According to reports, the man was traveling on Ga. Highway 316 in a Dodge Ram 3500. He was in the left lane when his GPS warned him of heavy traffic ahead. The GPS suggested that the man exit the highway. In order to do this, the man would need to get into the right lane. The driver looked over his shoulder to make sure he could move over safely and when he looked forward again, he saw that the vehicle in front of him was coming to a stop. He did not have time to react appropriately.

The truck struck the back of the vehicle in front of it. That collision pushed the vehicle into another. A vehicle behind the truck hit the rear of the truck. Several people were injured in the accident, and some refused medical treatment. Others did go to local hospitals, either on their own or via transport. One of these people was a child who had been sitting in the third row of the minivan that was struck first. That child later died of her injuries.

The driver of the truck remained on scene. He was arrested and charged with following too closely and, as a result of the child’s death, homicide by vehicle in the second degree.

If you have been injured in an auto accident in Atlanta, you have a right to seek damages for those injuries. Reach out to our team today for more information on your legal rights and to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation.

Police Cruiser Strikes Pedestrian and Crashes Into House

Posted on: July 28th, 2017 by James Haug

Athlete runner feet running on road closeup on shoe with nature backgroundAn unusual accident occurred on July 25, in which a pedestrian was left critically injured, a police officer was listed in stable condition, and a home was damaged. The cause of the accident is thought to have been a vehicle that was making a left turn.

Reports indicate that a DeKalb County police officer was traveling down the road when a car attempted to make a left turn in front of the officer. The officer reacted in such a way as to avoid colliding with the vehicle, and the officer struck a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk. The officer then continued and struck a house at the intersection of Brown and Chamblee Tucker Roads.

The pedestrian, a 66-year-old jogger, was taken to the hospital and listed in critical condition. Witnesses described not wanting to touch the woman on scene due to the position of her body. The officer was also taken to a hospital and initially listed in critical condition. He was ultimately upgraded to stable. The current condition of the jogger is unknown.

The driver of the vehicle that was attempting to make a left turn stayed on scene and gave a statement to investigators. The crash is still being looked at and no charges have been filed as of yet. The pedestrian victim was described by an avid jogger who runs everyday.

If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident in Atlanta, you have legal rights that you should be aware of. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation and discover more about your options. You may be entitled to various forms of compensation for your injuries.

Multi-Million Dollar Verdict in Georgia Wrongful Death Suit

Posted on: July 21st, 2017 by James Haug

Train TresselWhile working on the movie “Midnight Rider,” a young woman lost her life. Her parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit and were recently awarded $11.2 million. Several parties were named as defendants in the case, and all will share in paying the damages.

According to reports, the young woman was part of a film crew working on a train trestle just outside Jesup. The crew, it was revealed, did not have permission from the train company to film on that section of track. The woman was killed when a train came down the track, striking her and other members of the crew. Six other people were injured.

As a result of the accident, the director of the film was charged with criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter. He was ultimately sentenced to incarceration followed by probation. He served part of his time and was released from custody in March 2016. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $20,000.

While the woman’s parents were pleased with the verdict, they did release a statement calling the accident a tragedy. They said that the train company has several issues that need to be corrected according to evidence presented. This verdict follows on the heels of another on-set accident in which a stuntman for the show “The Walking Dead” was killed.

If a loved one has been killed in an accident in Atlanta and someone else was at fault, you may be legally eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Reach out to our office and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation.

Car Crash Victim Walks Out of Hospital and Vanishes

Posted on: July 14th, 2017 by James Haug

Double Yellow Lines That Vanish Into Distance as They Converge on Empty RoadA family is looking for a loved one who was involved in a crash, not because he was lost on scene, but because he walked out of the hospital and vanished. The accident happened on July 6 and the man broke his leg. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance with non-fatal injuries.

The man was a passenger in the vehicle, and the driver fled the scene on foot. Family members say that the man often gets confused and is on several prescription medications. The man lost his wife several years ago and sometimes walks trying to find her. His family also describes him as stubborn but as having a good heart.

The family has reported him missing and has checked local hospitals. The Atlanta Medical Center told the family the man refused treatment for a broken leg and head injury and checked out the morning following the accident. Family members say that despite momentary episodes of confusion, the man does not suffer with any mental conditions and typically calls home when he wanders off.

The man is Caucasian with long gray hair and a beard and mustache. He has a blue right eye and is missing his left eye. He is 6-feet tall and weighs under 200 pounds. The last time anyone saw him, he was wearing a red shirt and red shorts. If anyone believes they have seen the man, they are asked to call 911.

If you have been involved in a car accident in Atlanta, reach out to our team of experienced attorneys. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation.

Missed Cancer Diagnosis Lands Doctors in Court

Posted on: July 7th, 2017 by everspark

CT ScanSeveral Georgia doctors stand accused of failing to diagnose a patient with cancer in time to save his life. The patient died from cancer-related complications in 2015, just three years after finally receiving a diagnosis. By the time the cancer was detected, it had spread through his body. The medical professionals named in the lawsuit claim that they acted appropriately given the results of initial testing.

The man’s mother is the executor of his estate, and she filed a claim against a urologist and a radiologist, claiming that they failed to diagnose the man properly. If the doctors had detected the cancer and scheduled the man for appropriate tests and treatments, he may not have lost his life, according to the plaintiff.

In their defense, the doctors claim that the treatment the man received in 2009 was appropriate. The scan the man received showed a kidney stone and he was treated for the same. Imaging showed, at that time, that cysts the man had were benign. It is expected that the trial for medical malpractice will conclude in two weeks’ time.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a missed or delayed diagnosis in Atlanta, you have rights. Your health should not suffer due to a medical professional’s negligence or error. Call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced attorneys. We will review the details of your case and help you determine whether or not you have the elements necessary for a successful personal injury lawsuit.

Teen Faces Charges in Hit-and-Run Case

Posted on: June 30th, 2017 by everspark

Level asphalted road with a dividing stripes and pedestrian crossingA teenager in Georgia has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, hit and run and failure to report an accident. The charges stem from a June 19 accident that took the life of a pedestrian.

According to reports, a young woman and a friend were walking on SR 81 in McDonough. The friend crossed the street safely. As the teenager followed behind her friend, she was struck by a vehicle in the westbound lane. The driver of the vehicle did not stop and the teenager died of her injuries.

The 19-year-old driver responsible for the accident was arrested on June 21 without incident. His identification was determined through an investigation that included video footage of the incident taken from a camera at a nearby business. The suspect’s vehicle lost pieces that were found at the scene. A repair shop identified the pieces as belonging to a Honda Fit. Officers discovered that there were 200 owners of that type of vehicle living in the local area and went to owner’s homes.

Friends of the teen came together last week to hold a vigil. Friends and softball teammates remembered her as a good leader and a sister. Her coach described the girl’s passing as akin to losing a family member.

If you have been involved in a car accident in Atlanta or have lost a loved one in a car accident, you may have the right to collect compensation. Call our office today to determine what you may be entitled to under law. We will review the details of the accident at no cost to you and help you in making the best decisions for your unique situation.

Prison Doctor’s Malpractice Affects Victims Years Later

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by everspark

Disabled Injured Person With Sprained or Broken Ankle or Foot Sits Inside With Crutches Looking Outside the Sliding Glass Door Window on a Sunny DayIt has been close to two years since a doctor has worked in the state’s prison system, but he is still being found responsible for deaths of women who had been in his care. The latest victim died in April as a result of complications from diabetes.

Before her death, the woman’s right leg was amputated below the knee. The amputation was the end result of having suffered a cut on her foot that would not heal and was not cared for properly by the prison doctor. An attorney for the woman was going to file for medical malpractice against the state. The case will now be on behalf of the woman’s mother and will be listed as wrongful death.

An investigation into the same doctor that failed to treat the latest victim was conducted in 2015. During that investigation, it was found that nine women died under the doctor’s care. The doctor was suspended and then terminated as a result of that investigation. Another woman died after the conclusion of that investigation. And most recently, the woman in this story passed away.

Despite investigations showing that women had either fallen ill or died under the doctor’s care, he could not be penalized or sanctioned by the state’s medical board as his license had expired in January. This loophole has allowed the doctor to “get away” with what many consider to be a gross negligence in care.

Any person who has been misdiagnosed or a victim of medical negligence in Atlanta has legal rights. Reach out to our law firm today and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. We will discuss your incident with you and advise you of your legal options. You may have the right to compensation for medical bills and more.

Time Served: NFL Player Signs with Falcons

Posted on: June 13th, 2017 by everspark

Twenty Yard Line on American Football Field with Hash MarksIn 2016, free agent Derrick Coleman was charged with felony hit-and-run and vehicular assault. Although he was not officially playing with a team, the NFL suspended him for four games. He also faced punishment from a judge. This year, Coleman has signed with the Atlanta Falcons and will be taking the field for the offense.

Police say that Coleman was driving through suburban Seattle last year at a high rate of speed. He struck a vehicle in the rear and caused that vehicle to flip off the road. The vehicle landed at the bottom of a hill, and the driver suffered a broken collarbone. Coleman fled the scene on foot.

Police officers located Coleman three blocks away from the crash. He told officers that he had smoked a synthetic form of cannabis prior to the accident, but a blood test did not reveal drugs in his system. He also passed a series of field sobriety tests. Coleman pled guilty to the hit-and-run and vehicular assault, and his felonies were reduced to misdemeanors.

As a result of the guilty plea, Coleman was sentenced to 240 hours of community service. He was also sentenced to a year of supervised probation. Coleman completed the sentence and has recently been signed by the Atlanta Falcons. He will take to the field this coming season, showing people exactly what he is capable of.

Coleman was better known prior to the hit-and-run for being the first NFL player who could not hear. Coleman lost his hearing at the age of three and wears double hearing aids. He also reads lips. No one expects that to hold Coleman back — he has lived his life to the fullest, overcoming what many would consider an insurmountable obstacle, given his profession.

If you have been injured in a hit-and-run, you have legal rights. Call our personal injury attorneys in Atlanta for assistance in determining the type and amount of compensation you may be entitled to.

Heavy Rain and Old Trees Don’t Mix

Posted on: June 6th, 2017 by everspark

Uprooted tree fell on a house after a serious storm came throughFew people expect to walk past a tree and be injured. After all, trees have deep roots and rarely topple. Unfortunately, trees can be taken off of their foundations faster than people believe. When they fall over, they can cause extreme injury if an unsuspecting pedestrian happens to be walking by. Head and brain injury, broken bones and even, in extreme cases, death can occur when a person is struck by a falling tree.

According to a news report, half of the state was in a drought at the beginning of 2017. At this point in the year, no area of the state remains in drought. While soil that is too dry doesn’t give tree roots much to cling to, no one is at danger from trees coming down because of the drought. That won’t happen for a couple of years. What citizens of Georgia are in danger of are trees toppling over because of too much rain.

Arborist Christy Bryant, an employee of Gunnison Tree Service, points out that the problems are several: Extra weight of ivy, top heavy trees and shallow root systems all pose a risk. When you add heavy rains to the mix and too-wet soil, it’s a perfect storm. Trees can fall over and cause not only injury, but tremendous property damage.

Bryant suggests looking at the trees that surround your home. Remove ivy, look for mushrooms around the roots and prune back dead and heavy branches. When you take care of your trees, you are less likely to see one falling over due to the heavy rains that Georgia has experienced.

If you have been injured by a falling tree in Atlanta, you may be legally entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and more. Reach out to our team of personal injury lawyers today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation.

Nursing Assistant Arrested for Elder Abuse

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 by James Haug

Photo of professional healthcare and support at nursing homeA man was arrested in May after being accused of intentionally breaking a woman’s leg in a health facility. The woman was 98 years old at the time and had to undergo surgery to repair the injury. That woman did not make it through the surgery.

According to a report of the incident, another staff member noticed that the woman’s leg was swollen and alerted a supervisor. The man in question was spoken with and supervisors found that his story did not match the injuries. The man then said that he had gone into the woman’s room to ready her for breakfast. The woman, according to the accused, became combative, kicking at him. The man said that he held her legs to avoid being struck and heard a crack.

The man told his supervisors that he did not tell the truth the first time because he did not want to get into trouble. The man’s supervisor called authorities. Law enforcement conducted their own investigation and ultimately arrested the nursing assistant. The man was charged with intimidation of an elderly person and aggravated battery and exploitation.

During the investigation, police discovered that the same man had been arrested in 2016 for battery against a patient while employed at another facility. It is unknown why those charges were not pursued.

If a loved one has been the victim of abuse at an assisted living facility or nursing home, you are understandably upset. Call our team of nursing home abuse attorneys for a consultation. We will advise you of the legal rights your family possesses and how to make sure those rights are protected.

Woman Bit by Donkey Suing for Medical Malpractice

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by everspark

young donkey at the alps, bavariaA woman who was attacked by a donkey in November 2015 is suing a hospital for medical malpractice. The victim of the animal has settled with the farm she was visiting at the time of the attack for an undisclosed amount.

According to reports, the elderly woman was visiting a farm with permission. She was feeding the donkey on the North Georgia property when it bit down on her arm and dragged her into its enclosure. The donkey continued to bite the woman’s arm, chewing and “crunching.” The woman had been visiting and feeding the donkey for five years prior without incident.

After the attack, the woman was taken to a hospital. The woman developed a flesh-eating bacteria while at the hospital and required more than 10 surgeries in 60 days. She has had one leg and one arm amputated. According to an attorney for the woman, the hospital failed to notice that the woman had developed the bacteria until it was almost too late to do anything for her.

The woman has since had to move in with family. The fate of the donkey is not known, but the woman’s attorney reported that it no longer lives at the farm.

If you believe that you have been misdiagnosed or that a medical professional failed to diagnose a condition in a timely manner, you may have a legal right to compensation for your injuries. Reach out to our team of experienced attorneys for assistance. We will review your incident and advise you if you have the elements necessary for a successful medical malpractice case.

Carjackers Cause Wreck in Atlanta

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by James Haug

Cropped image of woman putting shopping bags inside trunk of her blue carFleeing from the police is never a good idea. Not only does it typically end up causing additional charges to be filed, but it poses the risk of causing an accident and injury to innocent people. This is exactly what happened on the streets of Atlanta recently.

According to reports released by the police department, a woman reported that she was unloading groceries from her car after a shopping trip. Four or five men approached her driveway and took her vehicle. There were no injuries reported in the initial incident. The suspects fled the scene in the stolen car.

As the men were driving, they struck another vehicle. Five men fled from the car, and police were able to catch one. Officers searched for a second person, using tracking dogs in an attempt to apprehend him. They were unsuccessful in locating the man. Police searched the car and found two firearms.

The one man who was apprehended was arrested and charged with hijacking a motor vehicle, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. Police are asking that anyone with information regarding the incident contact the Atlanta Police Department.

If you have been involved in a car accident in Atlanta that was caused during the commission of a crime, you have rights. Reach out to our team of experienced car accident attorneys to discuss your case. We will talk to you about the laws that are applicable to your situation and help you determine whether you have the elements necessary for a successful personal injury lawsuit.

Georgia Woman Suffers Burns Due to Medication Error

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 by James Haug

Medicine doctor hand giving prescription list to patient closeupA woman in Georgia suffered terrible injury as the result of a medication error. The woman is so unrecognizable today that she feels like she has lost someone she used to know. At only 26, the woman is recovering from a medication error that caused her skin to burn from the inside out.

The woman visited a doctor in 2014. She had been feeling depressed and wanted help. The doctor prescribed the woman lamotrigine. The woman took the medication for two weeks. It was after the two week mark that everything began to change. The first symptom was blisters. She then began to deal with pain and an incredible burning sensation.

The woman was diagnosed with Stevens Johnson Syndrome. It is a serious skin disorder that is typically caused by an incorrect dosage of medication or a reaction to a certain medication. Today, the woman is left without fingernails which will never grow back, her sweat glands are completely gone, and her skin is scarred. She is also losing her vision.

Not only does the woman have to deal with the ramifications of this error now, but she may have to deal with it again. There is no cure for her condition, and it could all occur again at any time. Doctors have told her that if she does relapse, the second instance will be worse. The woman’s medical bills have already surpassed $3 million.

You do not deserve to suffer financial difficulty or emotional distress due to a doctor’s error. Call our team of medical malpractice attorneys today to discuss your case. We will help you decide if pursuing a lawsuit for damages is the right decision for you.

Four Teens Killed in Collision with Semi-Truck

Posted on: April 26th, 2017 by James Haug

truck on asphalt roadThe City of South Fulton is reeling after discovering that an SUV full of high-school age teenagers was in a devastating wreck with a semi truck. According to reports, a Lincoln Navigator with five teens ran a red light at the intersection of Butner Road and Campbellton Fairburn Road around 1:15 p.m. They were struck by a semi-truck, resulting in what one witness said was the worst thing they’d seen in their life.

Four of the teens in the car, including the driver, were killed. One of the passengers, a 16-year-old girl, survived the wreck and is expected to make a full recovery from her injuries. The grandmother of the survivor thanked two bystanders for saving her granddaughter. After the wreck, they pulled up to the scene and carefully pulled the girl to safety before emergency personnel arrived.

Witnesses said they didn’t hear the typical sounds of an accident, like squealing tires. Instead, they just heard “one loud boom” — and when they looked over, the SUV was nearly in half. One of the victims was thrown from the vehicle in the accident, but the others were trapped inside.

South Fulton Mayor-Elect Bill Edwards said he was particularly disturbed by the accident due to the time at which it occurred. He said the students should have been in school at the time (all but one were students at Langston Hughes High School), and if they were, the accident could have been avoided.

Edwards said he is not pointing fingers in the incident, but rather it should encourage parents and the community as a whole to be more involved in their teenagers’ lives. He plans to introduce a truancy program once he is officially in office in May.

The driver of the semi truck driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Accidents involving semi trucks are often the most devastating on our roads. If you have been injured in a semi truck accident in Atlanta, contact the attorneys at Haug Law Group today for a free consultation.