Wrongful Death | Georgia Personal Injury Blog - Part 2
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.”
Stepson of Recording Artist Usher Critically Injured in Personal Watercraft Accident, Dies from Injuries
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.
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.
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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