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Deadly Crash on Interstate 285 Caused by Fallen Ladder

By Grant Law Office on March 19, 2013

One person was killed and two others were injured in a Georgia car accident that occurred after a ladder fell onto a busy interstate. According to a report by The Associated Press, the fatal crash occurred on Interstate 285 in East Point south of Atlanta the afternoon of March 12.

Officials say a car struck a ladder that fell from another vehicle and became disabled. Other vehicles including a semi then crashed into the disabled vehicle. Investigators are hoping to use a bar code on the ladder to track down its owner and hold him or her accountable for the multi-vehicle crash.

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Traffic Fatalities Involving Teenagers Increased in 2012

By Grant Law Office on March 8, 2013

Atlanta Teen Driver FatalitiesThe Atlanta fatal car accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., have seen the number of teenage driver deaths decrease for eight years in a row. But all that changed in 2011 when the nation experienced an increase in traffic fatalities among teen drivers. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reports that deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers increased by 19 percent during the first six months of 2012. The preliminary numbers from the second half of last year indicate that teenage driver deaths continued to rise as the year progressed.

Nationwide, 202 16- and 17-year-old drivers were killed between January and June of 2011. Over that same period in 2012, 240 young drivers were killed. There were 25 states that saw an increase in fatalities, 17 that actually saw a decrease in deaths, and eight states plus Washington D.C. that stayed the same.

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Hit-and-Run Driver Causes 17 Different Crashes

By Grant Law Office on February 4, 2013

A 69-year-old passenger was killed and a 51-year-old driver was injured when their Toyota Camry was struck by a gray, 2006 Ford Super Duty truck. According to a My Fox Atlanta news report, the fatal car accident occurred along Highway 78 in Snellville. Officials believe the 70-year-old driver of the truck was under the influence when he was involved in 17 different hit-and-run crashes including the fatal collision with the Camry.

The impact of that collision forced the Camry to be crushed by a stopped tractor-trailer. The suspected drunk driver went on to crash into the front of Johnboy’s Home Cooking Restaurant. The driver of the Camry was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and the passenger died at the scene. The driver responsible for the collision was charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving, DUI and multiple counts of hit-and-run.

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Cab Driver Killed in Savannah Crash

By Grant Law Office on January 24, 2013

A 46-year-old man was killed in a Georgia car crash when a pickup truck struck him and another man as they were loading things into the trunk of a cab. According to a news report in The Savannah Now, the fatal car accident occurred in the 2100 block of Shell Road in Savannah. The 46-year-old cab driver and another man were standing behind the cab when a westbound truck struck them. The cab driver died during surgery at a nearby medical center. The nature and extent of the other victim’s injuries are not known. At the time of the report, the pickup truck driver was not charged for the fatal collision.

Whenever a vehicle crashes into the back of a stopped car, there are many questions that must be asked. Why was the driver unable to avoid the collision? Was he or she speeding or driving while distracted? Was the motorist under the influence of alcohol? Was the stopped vehicle in a lane of traffic or did the driver let the vehicle veer onto the shoulder?

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Georgia Bus Driver Charged in Fatal Bartow County Bicycle Crash

By Grant Law Office on December 7, 2012

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.

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Passenger Killed in Atlanta Drunk Driving Crash

By Grant Law Office on October 11, 2012

A 21-year-old Suwanee woman was killed in an Atlanta car accident when the vehicle in which she was a passenger left the roadway and crashed. According to a My Fox Atlanta news report, the fatal crash occurred on the ramp from Interstate 75 southbound to Interstate 85 northbound in Atlanta. Officials say the 20-year-old driver of the car was under the influence when her vehicle left the road and struck an embankment. Her passenger was killed in the crash. The driver was charged with driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle, and a number of other offenses.

According to Georgia Statute 40-6-393: “Any person who, without malice aforethought, causes the death of another person,” by driving recklessly, or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol…commits the offense of homicide by vehicle in the first degree and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than three years nor more than 15 years.”

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Stepson of Recording Artist Usher Critically Injured in Personal Watercraft Accident, Dies from Injuries

By Grant Law Office on July 26, 2012

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.

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Man Killed in Gainesville Car Accident

By Grant Law Office on July 12, 2012

A 77-year-old man was killed in a Georgia car accident involving a collision with a truck. According to a news report in Access North Georgia, the fatal truck accident occurred on Thompson Bridge Road north of Mount Vernon Road in Gainesville. Officials say an oncoming truck struck the victim’s vehicle as it pulled out of a shopping center. He succumbed to his injuries two days later. The driver of the truck suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. It is unclear which motorist was responsible for the collision.

It is common for car accidents to result from a failure to yield the right of way when entering traffic from a private drive. Under Georgia Statute 40-6-73: “The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a roadway from any place other than another roadway shall yield the right of way to all vehicles approaching on the roadway to be entered or crossed.” Drivers who fail to yield the right of way when entering traffic may be held accountable for the damages they cause.

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Holiday Traffic Accidents Claim 4 Lives in Georgia

By Grant Law Office on December 29, 2011

On Friday, December 23, at 6:00 p.m., the Christmas holiday travel weekend began, and, according to the Roswell Patch, it claimed four lives by the time it ended on Monday, December 26 at midnight based on Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) statistics.

The four Georgia traffic fatalities from this weekend included two reported by Cobb County Police, one reported by Atlanta Police, and one reported by the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) post in Wilkes County. The Roswell Police Department conducted nine DUI stops over the holiday weekend, but there were no fatalities.

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Basics of Georgia Wrongful Death Laws

By Grant Law Office on May 18, 2011

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.

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