These days, it can feel like every time you flick on the news or glance at the news apps on your phone something in the world is going wrong. More often, it can feel as though this is the unfortunate state of humanity—things go wrong, people do bad things, and the world suffers.
That is exactly what happened in Midtown Atlanta when a man, leading the police on a high-speed chase in excess of 120mph, crashed his BMW into three vehicles, including a black Nissan Altima.
Two of the Altima’s backseat occupants—18-year-old Anjanae McClain and a three-month-old child—died from the injuries they sustained.
Worse still, the driver escaped.
The entire situation is tragic and likely makes your blood to a boil and brings a tear to your eye. Two lives were snuffed out before they could truly begin. Two innocent people were taken from this earth by no fault of their own. Their fate was at the mercy of another’s decision, and it led to their deaths. It’s a tragedy that was completely avoidable.
Rather than taking responsibility for his actions in the face of unspeakable tragedy, the man, later identified as Shamir Lashawn Floyd, decided to flee the scene. Thankfully, he was caught on nearby cameras and apprehended nearly a month later.
Floyd, who was being pursued because of his use of a stolen credit card and false name, is now facing much more serious charges. The long list of charges include felony fleeing, reckless driving, speeding, serious injury by vehicle, felony hit-and-run, and felony murder.
While this is an extreme example of what can happen when one person makes poor decisions, the reality is that hit-and-runs happen quite frequently. It’s an unfortunate truth and an unexpected risk we all accept each time we slide into the driver’s seat.
A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that a hit-and-run occurs in the United States approximately every 43 seconds. This adds up to over 700,000 hit-and-run crashes every year.
In 2016 alone, 2,049 people died as a result of hit-and-run crashes. Equally as shocking, around 150,000 injuries are inflicted by hit-and-run crashes each year.
In other words, hit-and-runs are more common than you may have realized, and affect a large number of Americans each year. With this staggering study in mind, it’s important to know where to turn in the event that the unimaginable happens to you or someone you know.
Vehicles can be replaced; the impact of missing work for a given period of time can be mitigated; nothing, though, can replace a life or the loss of your health. At Butler Law Firm, we understand that a value cannot be placed on life or its quality, but we’re determined to fight for justice and the closest thing to reconciliation possible under the worst circumstances.
Putting your life back together after a hit-and-run is challenging. That’s why you should never go at it alone. Hopefully, you have a support system of family and friends to bolster your spirits through the process and a team of experienced legal professionals who are willing to fight for your justice.
If you or a loved one has been affected by a hit-and-run, we encourage you to reach out to us. We are here to serve you. Each case and client is unique and we’re dedicated to providing the best representation for you. We’re happy to walk through your situation with you and evaluate it together.
Never take on such a difficult situation alone. Butler Law Firm’s team is here when you need help with a hit-and-run accident.