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Newly Married Groom Dies in Pedestrian Accident Hours after his Wedding

January 16, 2014

Our Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates often cite statistics and urge motorists to exercise care and prudence to reduce the risk of motor vehicle collisions which are emotionally devastating for families. However, sometimes real accounts of tragic accidents are the most effective way to communicate the devastation wrought by inattentive, careless or intoxicated drivers in serious vehicle collisions.

We would like to express our condolences to the family of a Good Samaritan who died while driving from his wedding reception to a hotel after he stopped to assist a stranded motorist. The man was traveling with his new wife when the couple saw a woman whose car slid off the road and became entrapped in a snow filled ditch according to a Chicago report. The new bride waited in the vehicle while her husband got out to assist the stranded female driver. A vehicle hit both the new groom and the stranded driver who were subsequently struck by two other vehicles. Both the Good Samaritan and the stranded woman were pronounced dead at the scene.

While any fatal pedestrian accident is tragic, the widow who lost her husband only hours after their wedding explained her feelings succinctly, "I went from being a newlywed to a widow in less than 48 hours – the highest to the lowest low. It's a blur." The Good Samaritan who died was a former U.S. Army Ranger in the 82nd Airborne Division for 13 years, including time serving his country in Desert Storm. He leaves behind his new bride, two daughters and a two stepchildren.

When we hear tragic stories like these, they serve as a reminder of how suddenly loved ones can be lost in motor vehicle collisions. Families that face these types of tragedies must not only cope with an almost unimaginable sense of loss and grief but also the financial consequences of losing a family breadwinner. We know that when families are coping with these types of devastating losses, they are focused on their emotional recovery so we strive to ease the burden of coping with insurance and legal issues.

Our wrongful death auto and pedestrian accident attorneys have previously urged drivers to slow down, exercise caution and move over if safe when approaching a stopped or stranded vehicle on the side of the road. These precautions constitute an effective step toward reducing the risk of these types of heartbreaking accidents that impact not only pedestrians but their families.

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