The majority of traffic deaths involving pedestrians and bicyclists occur at night. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), 32 percent of all fatal bike and pedestrian accidents happen between 8 p.m. and midnight, and 24 percent occur between midnight and 4 a.m. To combat this issue, local officials are urging all pedestrians and bicyclists to wear bright, reflective gear.
GOHS officials report that there were more than 130 pedestrian fatalities in Georgia in 2012. They accounted for about 11 percent of all traffic deaths that year. In addition to encouraging riders and walkers to wear bright clothes, Georgia officials passed a new law requiring drivers to leave at least three feet of space when passing bicyclists. Riders who have more space will be less likely to crash into the side of a car or lose control for fear of being struck. Read the rest »
A 68-year-old man was killed in an Atlanta car accident when a flatbed tow truck struck the vehicle in which he was a passenger. According to a news report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the fatal truck accident occurred at the intersection of Marietta Street and Northside Drive in northwest Atlanta. Officials say the collision occurred at an intersection, but they have not provided information regarding who was responsible for the accident. The fatally injured Chattanooga man was sitting in the front seat of the sedan. The driver of the sedan and three juveniles in the backseat were transported to a nearby hospital. The tow truck driver was not injured.
Intersections are some of the most common locations for serious injury accidents. Common causes of Atlanta intersection accidents include: Read the rest »
Two months ago, a 24-year-old man with a history of reckless driving was determined to have been responsible for the death of a 70-year-old woman. According to a My Fox Atlanta news report, the driver who officials said was at fault has still not been arrested for the fatal crash, and the victim’s family is pleading for justice. Officials say the woman was fatally injured on State Route 101 in Carroll County when the driver of a pickup clipped another truck, went airborne, and landed on top of the victim’s vehicle on the other side of the road.
The victim’s family is still left wondering as to why the at-fault driver, who has been previously arrested or cited for reckless driving and speeding about a dozen times, has not been arrested yet in connection with their loved one’s death. According to the Fox 5 news report, if the driver is charged, it will be for a misdemeanor vehicular homicide count because he was not impaired at the time of the crash. Read the rest »
A 12-year-old boy was killed in an Atlanta car accident, which officials say involved an alleged drunk driver. According to an Associated Press news report, the fatal DUI crash occurred in southwest Atlanta. Officials say the boy was crossing the street when the car struck him. The 43-year-old driver has been accused of striking the boy and fleeing the scene of the crash. The driver has been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield, failure to maintain lane, driving on a suspended license, and reckless driving.
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, there were 1,493 fatalities suffered in Georgia car accidents in the year 2008 and 416 of those fatalities were alcohol-related. Of the 1,021 drivers killed in Georgia car accidents during that same year, 331 had a recorded blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.00, 31 had a BAC less than .08, and 207 had a BAC greater than .08. These numbers may not reflect the total number of fatally injured drunk drivers because 43 percent of all drivers killed were not tested for alcohol consumption. Read the rest »
A Paulding County pastor was killed in an Atlanta traffic accident when a county bus struck his bicycle. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the fatal bus accident occurred along U.S. 41 in Bartow County. Officials say the bicyclist was in critical condition and later died at a hospital in Marietta. The 77-year-old driver of the charter bus faces charges of vehicular homicide and following too closely.
It is crucial for all Georgia motorists to leave enough space between their vehicle and the vehicles in front of them. According to Georgia Statute 40-6-49: “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.” Motorists who are distracted, inattentive, fatigued, or impaired also tend to cause serious injury rear-end accidents. Read the rest »
An 11-year-old boy, the stepson of musical artist Usher, suffered serious injuries in a Georgia child injury accident involving a rented personal watercraft. According to a news report in The Peachtree Corners Patch, the personal watercraft accident occurred on Lake Lanier. Officials say the 11-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were being towed on an inner tube by a boat when a man ran them over in his rented watercraft. The boy is in critical condition and has been declared brain dead. After 21 days of the young boy being unconscious, the parents made the difficult decision to take him off life support. The girl suffered a cut on her head and a broken arm. No charges have been filed in connection with this incident.
Under current Georgia law, people renting watercrafts are not required to complete a safety course. It is unclear if additional training or renting restrictions could have prevented this tragic accident. Read the rest »
Wrongful death is a legal claim against a person who, through their negligent or wrongful actions, causes the death of another. A wrongful death victim is referred to as the “decedent.” Generally, a wrongful death claim can be filed if the decedent, had he or she not died, could have filed a compensable personal injury claim against an at-fault party. The circumstances which allow for a wrongful death claim include, but are not limited to:
- A fatal Georgia motor-vehicle injury accident caused by another’s recklessness or negligence;
- A fatal workplace injury accident caused by proven substandard or defective equipment, improper or absent safety measures or other negligence; and
- Death caused by medication errors, failure to diagnose or other forms of Georgia medical malpractice. Read the rest »