Driver Accused of Seriously Injuring Pedestrian in Marietta

Posted by Richard Lawson | Oct 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

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Marietta, Ga. - Police in Cobb County are searching for a driver who allegedly struck a pedestrian on Wednesday evening.

According to reports, the pedestrian was hit by a pickup truck and seriously injured. The incident occurred on Piedmont Road. The crash is currently under investigation. No other details have been released.

As a Marietta DUI Lawyer, I handle everything related to DUI in Marietta. This includes incidents like this where the driver may be facing criminal charges as a result of striking the pedestrian.

In today's post, I will focus on the law behind the offense of serious injury by vehicle.

Serious Injury by Vehicle

By law, serious injury by vehicle is defined in the Georgia Code as:

Whoever, without malice, shall cause bodily harm to another by depriving him of a member of his body, by rendering a member of his body useless, by seriously disfiguring his body or a member thereof, or by causing organic brain damage which renders the body or any member thereof useless through the violation of Code Section 40-6-390 or 40-6-391 shall be guilty of the crime of serious injury by vehicle. A person convicted under this Code section shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than 15 years.

The Serious Injury by Vehicle statute does not define what constitutes a “serious injury.”  Other statutes define it as a “fractured bone, severe burns, disfigurement, dismemberment, partial or total loss of sight or hearing, or loss of consciousness.”  To be “serious,” the injury need not be permanent – a serious, temporary injury is sufficient and only needs to impair or injure the appearance of a person. 

In the past, injuries such as loss of vision in one eye, blurry vision, a two-inch scar on the forehead, broken ribs, and severe bruising have qualified as “serious.”  Whether an injury is serious is a question of fact to be determined by the jury.

Practice Note

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a serious traffic violation like those listed in the story above, call our offices today. Our lawyers can help you now.

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Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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