Mr. Spence Dalton, a volunteer firefighter in Oconee County Georgia, is speaking out to bring awareness to Georgia’s “Move Over Law” after his horrific accident that occurred on 316 on June 10, 2021.
Mr. Dalton suffered severe personal injuries to his hip, pelvis, face, nose, shoulder, legs, and back after he was violently struck by a vehicle whose driver failed to move over for the first responders. Mr. Dalton was clearing a downed tree in the road after thunderstorms hit the Athens/Oconee area earlier that day. According to the police report the driver of the vehicle was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, driving while intoxicated, and having an open container.
Mr. Dalton is a self-employed husband and father of two small children.
11Alive covered the story to help provide awareness of the situation and interviewed attorney Jeremiah Van Dora who is representing Mr. Dalton in his workers’ compensation claim. Mr. Van Dora is fighting with the family to raise awareness of how failing to obey the move over law can affect families in a catastrophic way.
"Seeing these two small kids looking at their father with these severe facial injuries and being upset just broke my heart, and I really just wanted to help them get back on their feet and back to a normal life," said Van Dora.