Georgia roadways are no stranger to accidents and the resulting injuries from these accidents. As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every 10 seconds, a person can be a victim of a car accident, which is why car accidents give rise to many personal injury claims.
A recent car accident in Georgia may catch the attention of Atlanta readers. As stated in the accident investigation report, the incident involves a pedestrian and a Land Rover. Accordingly, the auto accident occurred when a 17-year-old boy was hit by the vehicle. A 49-year-old driver was operating the vehicle at the time of the crash. Police officers stated that the victim was crossing the highway between James and Hamilton Roads.
They noted that the victim was standing in the center turn lane when he was struck and the driver of the vehicle couldn't stop. The teenage boy was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center but later died from his injuries. Despite the fact that police believe that weather conditions may have contributed to the crash, the driver has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and a turn lane violation.
Under all circumstances, drivers have a responsibility to exercise reasonable care whenever they are on the road. Drivers should abide by the traffic rules and regulations, like speed limits, not driving under the influence and avoiding distractions. In addition to traffic rules is a responsibility to be more cautious on the road and to notice other vehicles and pedestrians. It is also important for drivers to pay close attention to weather conditions. A driver who fails to comply with such obligations can be found negligent in the case of an accident. Car accidents may also lead to severe consequences and liability for the damages.
A person injured due to a car accident may be entitled to compensation, particularly if the driver is found negligent. The compensation may cover the medical expenses and other related expenses. However, if fatality occurs, the immediate family of the victim may have the right to redeem damages through a wrongful death suit. The compensation from this suit may cover funeral expenses and the family's emotional loss.
Source: My Fox Atlanta.com, "Police: Teen killed in pedestrian accident," Jan. 18, 2013