While modern automobiles are much safer than their predecessors, the act of getting into a car is still the most dangerous thing many of us do on a given day. Advances in design; the development of lighter, stronger metals; and safety features like airbags and shoulder harnesses make the likelihood of surviving a collision greater today than 20 years ago. Still, thousands of Americans are killed or catastrophically injured in motor vehicle accidents every year.
Liability insurance is a requirement for operating a motor vehicle in Georgia. If you are involved in an auto accident, this type of coverage is used to financially compensate the other motorist(s) who was impacted, to pay for medical costs and property damages. The majority of U.S. states require liability insurance, and also require certain minimum amounts of coverage.
Each year, in the state of Georgia, approximately 120,000 individuals are injured in car accidents and another 1,200 lose their lives. Car accidents often occur suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving the victim driver with little to no time to react. Despite this, they are largely preventable. Because many are caused by driver negligence, by practicing safer driving and reducing distractions, a vast number of car accidents could be avoided. With that said, Georgia state law allows victims of car accidents to seek compensation for their damages from the at-fault driver.
We at the Grant Law Office want to wish you a happy and safe New Year. While you deserve to celebrate on New Year’s Eve, we urge you to do so with caution. Statistics show that more than half the traffic fatalities that occur on New Year’s Day involve drunk drivers. Grant Law Office has some tips to help keep you from becoming a statistic.
Rideshare companies such as Lyft and Uber have rapidly grown in popularity here in Atlanta. More and more people are choosing to use an app on their phone to use a rideshare app over calling a traditional cab. This means that residents of Atlanta are being driven around by strangers, in vehicles they’ve never been in before, under the assumption that they are protected in the event of an accident.
The life of one young woman was lost and the life of another was seriously impacted in a wrong way car accident. According to a report published on CBS46.com, it was around four in the morning when a car traveling the wrong way on Georgia State Route 400 collided head on with a Nissan SUV. The driver of the wrong way car (aged 21) was pronounced dead at the scene, while the SUV driver (aged 27) had to be extracted from her vehicle and rushed to a local hospital. Her condition has been updated from “critical” to “serious.”
A 33 year old Athens woman was killed last week, when her Honda scooter was involved in a head on collision with a car. Athens-Clarke County police are still investigating the accident, but an article published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the woman’s scooter strayed over the center line and into the path of the approaching vehicle. She died of her injuries at a nearby hospital.
Nine people were injured in an Atlanta area car accident between a passenger vehicle and a van carrying multiple special needs adults. According to a My Fox Atlanta news report, the fatal car accident occurred on Lithonia Industrial Boulevard at Rogers Lake Road in DeKalb County. Officials say the passenger vehicle turned in front of the van before the van struck the vehicle and overturned. All eight people inside the van were injured and are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at Grady Memorial Hospital. The driver of the passenger vehicle suffered a possible broken wrist. That driver has been charged with failing to yield.
There are many Georgia laws that require motorists to yield at intersections, to yield when turning left, and to yield to oncoming traffic. Drivers must use caution when turning, entering traffic, changing lanes, and merging. Motorists who fail to yield the right of way can face traffic citations, points on their license, and civil litigation from the injured victims.
Throughout Georgia, there are thousands of drivers who have not taken a driver education class in well over 30 years. But a lot can change in just a few years when it comes to cars and the people who drive them. Every motorist can benefit from taking a refresher course, but according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), driver education is especially important for motorists in the 50-plus age group.
In older to help keep drivers age 50 and over in top driving condition, AARP provides driver safety courses both online and in classrooms throughout Georgia. These courses are specifically designed to address age-related changes that drivers experience as they get older, such as vision or hearing loss, and slowed reaction time.
Moments after being involved in an Atlanta car accident, you must determine if you or anyone else has been hurt. If anyone has been injured, you must call the authorities and remain at the scene of the crash. While waiting for the authorities to arrive, it is advisable to collect contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident and to take photos of the crash site. After gathering evidence and speaking to the police, you may have to determine if you need medical attention.
If emergency responders arrive at the scene of the crash, it is advisable to accept medical aid. They can quickly assess your situation and help relieve any pain you are experiencing. The next step is to determine if you should go to the hospital. If you do not have an obvious injury such as a bone fracture or a laceration, you may be hesitant to go to the hospital. It can be expensive and you may be there for hours. However, there are a number of reasons why going to the hospital promptly is in your best interest.
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