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What can be done after an accident with an uninsured driver

There have been major advances made in the technology of driverless cars, but for the time being humans still drive cars in Georgia. Since humans are imperfect and make mistakes there are many car wrecks on the roads each day. Vehicles are damaged and people are injured in these accidents and they can be very costly to the victims. That is why the law requires drivers to have car insurance. It is important that the victims of the accidents are compensated for their damages.

However, not every driver in Georgia has insurance or they do not have policy limits high enough to cover all the damages caused by the accident. This can leave the victim in a very difficult position as they figure out how they will pay for the damages. Most of the time uninsured drivers do not personally have the money to pay for the damages out of pocket, and recovering compensation from them can be very difficult.

DUI accident claims the life of Atlanta-area student

A young dancer lost her life after being involved in a fatal car accident caused by a drunk driver. The accident happened along Marietta Street in northwest Atlanta.

The female coed was a student at Spelman College in Atlanta. The school is now reeling in grief as a result of her untimely loss. Her family is also deeply mourning her death.

Requirements for truck drivers to rest to help keep roads safe

There are many people who drive on the roads in and around Atlanta every day. That is why it is imperative that drivers pay attention to the road. Drivers need to ensure that they are not using their phones, try to avoid being distracted by others in their car or things going on outside of it that they are not impaired in any way. This impairment could be caused by drugs, alcohol or lack of sleep, which can be just as dangerous as being under the influence.

This is especially true for truck drivers driving tractor-trailers. When tractor-trailer accidents occur, they can cause much more damage and more severe injuries due to their size compared to the other vehicles on the road. Also, many truck accidents involve multiple vehicles, meaning more lives can be affected by the accident.

Distracted driving nearly an epidemic in United States

Throughout the United States, including the Atlanta, Georgia area, authorities are noticing more and more car accidents as a result of distracted driving. Although distracted driving can take many forms, many believe the increase and popularity of both smartphones and social media such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram could be to blame for much of the increase. Statistics provided by the United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Authority are particularly disturbing.

Based on stats from 2015, there were 391,000 Americans injured and 3,477 killed by distracted driving. Although drivers from all ages are to blame, teenagers are particularly prone to distraction while driving. In addition to focusing on their phones or tablets while on the roads, they could also be messing with their GPS unit or radio, drinking, eating or engaging with other passengers in their car.

How dangerous are school bus accidents?

The last possible thing parents want to think about when they lead their children onto a school bus is the possibility that their child could be seriously injured or killed in an accident. Unfortunately, as much as we offer safeguards to assure that children will be safe on and near a bus, accidents still do happen.

Thankfully, fatal accidents involving buses are rare, though they do happen. Between 1994 and 2004, there were 71 passengers on school buses who were killed. Technology and additional safety features have been put in place since those times, but still accidents do happen.

Hazards are everywhere, do not take them for granted

In the past, we have spoken about the serious dangers associated with trucks on the road and their potential dangers. Due to their superior size and weight, a truck accident could result in very serious or catastrophic results. Such was the case earlier this week when on Tuesday evening when a multi-vehicle accident claimed the lives of three people and injured others in Bibb County, Georgia.

The accident began on Interstate 16 when a tractor-trailer initially struck a pickup truck, which subsequently collided with other vehicles. The accident included a total of 8 vehicles. Multiple vehicles then caught fire, including victims who were trapped in the vehicle fires. The driver of the truck was charged with multiple crimes, including three counts of vehicular homicide and a count of reckless driving.

Were you mugged while getting money out of an ATM?

Imagine the following scenario: It's late at night and you're driving through downtown Atlanta. You need to buy a few things before heading home, but you realize you don't have any cash. The cash machines are dark and the parking lots are empty, but you decide to take the risk and pull out a couple hundred dollars from an ATM that you pass.

Unbeknownst to you, a man was lurking in the bushes not far from the ATM. Just as you're pulling out the money, he assaults you. You got beat up and bruised pretty badly, and the man forced you to take out another three hundred dollars and give it to him.

What to do if you've been injured by a drunk driver

During holidays in the United States, it is not uncommon for Americans to celebrate with family and friends. The Fourth of July is a popular holiday for many who like to enjoy their time going to a baseball game with friends, hitting the pub for a couple drinks or hanging out at a backyard barbeque. During these times, especially in the hot summer sun, it is not uncommon for people to have a few drinks too many. Unfortunately, too many then decide to get behind the wheel and attempt to drive home. This can lead to serious or even deadly results.

Someone who is driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol not only jeopardizes the safety of themselves and passengers in their car, but the health and safety of others sharing the road with them, as well as pedestrians who may be on or near the roads.

What is 'vicarious liability' in Georgia?

This blog has discussed the fact that accidents involving commercial vehicles often have serious and sometimes devastating consequences. Because of the sizes and weight of many of these vehicles, the injuries they can cause tend to be even worse than those in other crashes. Whether a bus full of people, or a truck carrying heavy cargo, commercial vehicle accidents can wreak havoc on the lives of anyone involved in or even near them.

When a vehicle is traveling for the purposes of doing business, and it is involved in an accident, there are a few issues that need to be considered by those who may have been injured. One of these is whether the driver of the commercial vehicle was negligent in causing the accident. If he or she was, the injured party may have legal recourse to receive damages for injuries suffered. It may be, however, that the driver is not the only one legally responsible.

Atlanta-area car wreck kills one, injures many

No matter where in the Atlanta area you drive, whether on small surface streets or divided Interstate highways, the danger of a car accident always looms. While defensive driving tactics and using caution behind the wheel may increase your chances of arriving safely at your destination, there are times when accidents are unavoidable. Unfortunately, sometimes those crashes cause terrible injuries and fatalities.

One such incident occurred recently in nearby Gwinnett County. While it is unclear exactly what circumstances led to the accident, the consequences are all too obvious. In the event, a car on Georgia State Route 316 ended up wedged underneath a tractor-trailer. By the time emergency crews arrived, the car was burning, and its occupant was pronounced dead at the scene. Further, eight vehicles total were involved in the wreck in one way or another. This led to nine individuals being transported to area hospitals, where two were in critical condition.

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