A 63-year-old Georgia resident died in a multi-vehicle crash in Norcross on Oct. 18. The driver who allegedly caused the accident has been charged with misdemeanor homicide.
According to Warner Robins police, a 22-year-old woman was turning left onto Russell Parkway from Burns Drive through a green traffic light at around 9:15 a.m. on Oct. 8 when a pickup truck struck the driver's side of her SUV. Paramedics transported the woman and her 49-year-old passenger to a local hospital in critical condition. The driver was pronounced dead at the hospital at around 2:25 p.m. that same day.
Thousands of people are injured or killed as a result of motor vehicle accidents each year, both in Georgia and across the country. There are several steps that people who have been involved in an accident can take in order to protect themselves and collect enough information in case it is needed later.
An August 28 accident in Dekalb County left a 51-year-old man dead, reportedly. According to authorities, the three-vehicle incident occurred near the Dekalb County intersection of Moreland Avenue and Cedar Grove Road.
In Georgia, the transition from minor child to adult happens the moment a 17-year-old becomes 18. Adulthood allows teens to make legal decisions that once were made by the teens' parents. Some adult doors remain locked until a person reaches 21 including permission to possess, purchase and consume alcohol.
Some Columbus motor vehicle accident victims suffer injuries requiring long-term or lifetime medical treatment, which health and auto insurances fail to cover. A victim's recovery can be stalled when the money runs out. Liability lawsuits help car accident victims recover compensation for losses and provide money for future care.
Georgia liability laws limit parental responsibility for the actions of minors. State statute 51: 2-3 permits injury claims up to $10,000 for property and medical costs when a minor intentionally causes harm. Other compensation is possible under the Georgia Family Purpose Doctrine, but only when a minor is authorized to use a family car.
Aggressive, distracted and drunk driving are common factors in Georgia traffic accidents. Driver error is responsible for an enormous number of victims' injuries, but it's not the reason for every auto accident. Sometimes, it's the vehicle that's unsafe.
Two legal actions may be taken through a Georgia civil court following a death caused by carelessness. An estate claim, called a survival action, requests compensation for a decedent's pain and suffering and financial costs, like medical and funeral expenses. A wrongful death action is an attempt to recover damages for survivors' losses.
Hit-and-run accident investigators operate against a time clock. As with any other unsolved crime, the longer a suspected driver is free, the more evidence can be lost. Delays give an at-fault driver the opportunity to hide, repair or sell a vehicle damaged in an auto accident.