Authorities report that two Good Samaritans were critically injured after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while trying to help another motorist change their tire on I-20 in DeKalb County on February 19, 2014.
The two male victims were on the side of the interstate near Panola Road when the vehicle him them at 4:30 a.m., according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. Traffic was affected by the accident, including the closing of most of the westbound lanes early in the morning while police investigated the incident, but lanes were reopened after 6:45 a.m.
According to authorities, the hit-in-run driver has been found and taken into custody.
Some may take this as one more reason not to get out of your vehicle to help someone in despair. While one can never be too sure about the safety of doing so, we would not want to discourage anyone from doing a good deed. What we do want to express is the importance of, at minimum, taking certain precautions before deciding to assist another vehicle. Consider the following.
1. Park your car as far away from traffic as possible. Try to make sure the other car does the same. Roadside work should be a last resort.
2. At night, never go near traffic without a flashlight or bright, reflective accessories. This holds true when you’re out for a walk at night as well.
3. When possible, keep the emergency lights or regular lights of both vehicles on. This helps drivers see you and your vehicle, while also giving yourself light.
If you or someone you know is involved in a vehicle accident in Atlanta or anywhere in the state, call vehicle accident attorney, John Foy, at 404-400-4000. Call in the Strong Arm to get everything that you deserve!