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Driver avoids jail time after crash kills 3 in Woodstock

There are many famously unsafe places to be a bicyclist or a pedestrian around the country. Car ownership is very high in Atlanta because the city is not particularly friendly to fresh-air seekers. But that does not stop people who are dedicated to outdoors time, cannot afford to commute with an engine or are simply going a short distance.

A family in Cherokee County took a horrible blow when a mother and her infant were killed along with another pedestrian in a collision nearly a year and a half ago. After months of legal proceedings, the driver of the car that struck them pleaded guilty to some of the eight charges leveled against her by the state.

The 17-year-old driver struck the trio on a part of a road that has since been better lit and regulated by traffic signals. Prosecutors accused her of being distracted by her cellular telephone just before the collision, as well as not giving warning by sounding her horn. She will serve probation and face a fine as well as a suspension of her driver's license.

Victims of car accidents who were riding a bicycle or walking at the time of a crash have the right to seek the financial damages required to recover from injuries. Civil suits may also seek damages for the loss of companionship or income related to a death in a motor vehicle accident.

An attorney can be very helpful when victims or their families are gathering evidence and preparing a claim in civil court. Mediations and negotiated settlements are also an option for some claimants.

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