Forsyth County News reports that a pedestrian suffered life threatening injuries Tuesday morning when struck by a car involved in an accident on Canton Highway near the Forsyth-Cherokee county line.
According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened at around 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Canton Highway/Ga. 20 and Heardsville Road.
Corporal Robin Regan of the FCSO told Forsyth County News that a driver travelling on Canton Highway lost control of the vehicle and drove into a convenience store parking lot, where it crashed into another vehicle. The impact of the collision caused the second vehicle to hit its owner, who was standing next to it.
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The individual was then airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center to be treated for serious injuries, according to 11 Alive.
The driver of the first car was also hospitalized. That individual’s injuries were reported as not life threatening.
Authorities have not released the names of any of the individuals involved in the crash.
The cause of the original crash is unknown at this time. A traffic specialist unit is currently investigating the crash.
A portion of Canton Highway was temporarily closed while the scene was worked by emergency personnel.
Data from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration shows that over 4,000 American pedestrians are killed every year in car/pedestrian accidents. Nearly three fourths of these deaths occur in urban areas, and approximately ten percent happen in areas such as parking lots and driveways.
A 2014 article by the AJC showed rising levels of danger for Georgia pedestrians. 182 pedestrians were killed by vehicles in 2013, with fatalities predicted to continue to rise.
“Families involved in such tragedies need to hire a lawyer very soon after a serious crash. Experienced lawyers act quickly to hire the necessary experts to examine the road scene. Their expertise is important to prove liability and damages which enhances the value of the case to assure complete compensation to those injured.”
-Steven Leibel, a Cumming personal injury Superlawyer