Paul Walker's Fatal Crash Provides a Reminder of the Human Toll Inflicted by Excessive Speed
When you say goodbye to your loved ones when they leave home to drive to the store, work or school, the thought that your parent, child or sibling might be involved in a devastating collision may not occur to you. The tragic fatal car crash that claimed the life of Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker serves as a sad reminder that life-changing car accidents can happen without warning to anyone. According to a Newsday.com report, the popular actor and Roger Rodas, who was driving the Porsche, both died in a fiery crash after Rodas lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a utility pole.
While the fatal collision is still under investigation, the preliminary reports from by law enforcement authorities suggest that speed may have been a factor according to the news report. The force of the crash was so intense that the vehicle was ripped in half with the vehicle occupants trapped inside the wreck as it burst into flames. While friends of Mr. Walker tried to assist Mr. Walker and Mr. Rodas, they eventually were pulled away from the wreck by firefighters when it was clear that the vehicle occupants could not be saved.
Tens of thousands of people die in car crashes every year, with many of these crashes being related to excess speed. Excessive speed is a factor in a third of all fatal car accidents according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. When drivers speed, the risk of a collision and serious injury in such an accident increases. The irony of the fact that Mr. Walker was the star in a movie franchise that glorifies street racing and traveling at a high rate of speed is difficult to ignore.
The human toll on speed-related crash victims and families is evidenced by Mr. Walker's tragic passing. When crash victims survive collisions at high rates of speed, they may incur permanent injuries that change their lives in fundamental ways, such as paraplegia, quadriplegia, traumatic brain injuries or loss of limbs. These types of injuries impact the ability of a crash survivor to support one's family and often necessitate astronomical medical care expenditures. With these types of devastating injuries, the ability of a car accident victim to enjoy and participate in everyday family activities also are often diminished.
Many high speed crashes like Mr. Walker's result in fatalities especially when vehicle occupants fail to wear seatbelts. When people die in motor vehicle collisions, they leave behind loved ones without the love, emotional support and guidance of a value family member and often without a breadwinner. While Mr. Walker leaves behind a teenage daughter who will live the rest of her life without her dad, his daughter may face less severe financial consequences than when this type of tragedy occurs to those in families of more modest means.
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Our condolences go out to Mr. Walker's loved ones and friends as we urge drivers to slow down to reduce the risk of such tragedies. Our Atlanta auto accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates have been representing injury victims for over thirty years throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.