As the number of vehicles traveling Atlanta's roads increases, so do motor vehicle accidents, some of them resulting in serious injuries such as brain injury, broken bones and paralysis. In the worst cases, car accidents can lead to fatalities.
In a car collision between two vehicles in Georgia recently, a 25-year-old man died. The victim was traveling north on Crawford North and turned left in front of a southbound pickup truck, which collided with his car. A 66-year-old man was operating the truck. Both vehicles left the highway, and the victim's vehicle rolled over.
The victim was declared dead at the scene of the accident, and the pickup truck driver sustained minor injuries. The Opelika Police officers stated that the accident is still under investigation.
No driver sets out to be involved in a car accident. To avoid them, drivers must know their responsibilities the moment they are behind the wheel. Drivers have the duty to exercise reasonable care under any circumstances, including abiding by traffic laws, such as those regarding stop signs, speeding and yielding at pedestrian crossings. Drivers are also prohibited from operating a vehicle whenever they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Using signals while turning is also important to alert other motorists.
On the other hand, a driver who fails to abide by the law can be considered negligent, and, in the event of a car accident involving injury, can be held accountable for damages and loss.
Car accidents can be devastating to those involved, and those injured due an auto accident, therefore, have the right to pursue a claim for compensation to alleviate their loss economically, emotionally and financially. The compensation may vary depending on the situation and on the severity of the injuries. If an accident leads to death, the immediate family can be compensated for their emotional distress and financial losses.
Source: Oanow.com, "Man killed in two-car crash in Opelika identified," Jan. 11, 2013