Fulton County drivers who are abiding by state laws and regulations may still be involved in accidents due to someone else's negligence. Personal injury claims may arise due to mishaps and it is important to determine who is at fault. The driver at fault in most cases is the one whose negligence resulted in the car accident. Negligent drivers usually disobey traffic signals and signs, fail to use signal lights when turning, speed, disregard weather conditions or drive under the influence of prohibited substances.
A perfect example of a negligent driver was recently cited just south of Atlanta, in Warner Robins. A police officer tried to stop a driver but the latter disregarded the officer's request and drove off at a fast rate of speed. The police chased the driver from Lamar County on Interstate 75 until the speeding driver struck two vehicles near Houston County Galleria Mall.
The chase reached more than 120 miles per hour; the pursuing police officers stopped following the driver out of concern for the safety of other drivers on the road. The speeding driver almost got away but he ended up in a three-car accident. The victims of the accident received medical treatment at a nearby hospital.
However, the chase didn't end there as the driver fled his car and tried to hide from the authorities following the three-car collision. Authorities tracked him on foot and apprehended him. The driver has been charged with driving with a suspended license, running away from the scene of an accident that involved injuries, reckless driving, passing in the emergency lane, speeding 120+ in a 65 miles per hour zone, fleeing and attempting to elude and possession of suspected cocaine and marijuana.
Car accident victims may file a personal injury lawsuit in cases like this one. The claim may provide compensation for medical treatment, lost wages and pain and suffering once the driver-at-fault is proven of negligence.
Source: WMGT, "UPDATE: Man arrested for high speed chase that caused 3-car collision," Amanda Castro, Feb. 6, 2013