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Augusta Georgia Personal Injury Law Blog

Failure to yield can cause pedestrian-car accidents in Georgia

People who are simply minding their own business in Georgia can be impacted in rapid fashion by car accidents. These are made worse when the person in the crash was a pedestrian. Compounding the incident is if the negligent driver is someone who should know better such as a law enforcement officer. It is an unfortunate reality that drivers will frequently forget the basic rules of the road and violate the law. This can cause an accident. A pedestrian who is hit by a motor vehicle can suffer serious injuries and even death. A legal filing is one of the only strategies to receive adequate compensation for all that was lost.

A woman, 54, was walking to work and was crossing the street when she was hit by a turning vehicle. Ironically, the driver of the vehicle was a police officer in his cruiser. The accident occurred at around 6:30 a.m. The woman was in the crosswalk at the time. The deputy chief of the department openly stated that the officer was at fault because of a pedestrian's right of way when crossing. Although that location is not a marked crosswalk, the pedestrian has the right to cross. The officer had a green light. Since there was no arrow signal to turn, the driver is obligated to yield. The officer did not. He treated the woman at the scene. She was taken to the hospital and her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The holidays often mean more drunk drivers on the roads

Who doesn't love a good holiday party? You may attend a few yourself, but you also know that you shouldn't get behind the wheel if you have too much to drink. Not everyone shares your sense of responsibility, however.

It probably wouldn't surprise you to know that the number of arrests for drunk driving goes up between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. You may feel as though you have enough trouble protecting yourself from intoxicated drivers during the rest of year, but now, you may need to double your efforts to do so.

The right legal approach after car accidents is imperative

The roads in Augusta and throughout Georgia can be dangerous in general before thinking about driver behaviors. When adding in the number of people who use their smartphones while driving, operate their vehicle while drowsy and drive under the influence, the chance of being in an accident skyrockets. Motor vehicle crashes can cause severe injuries and even death. Those who have been affected by a crash either as a driver, a passenger, a motorcyclist, a bicyclist or a pedestrian should be cognizant of their rights to attempt to seek compensation in a legal filing.

Car accidents can lead to people being hospitalized and suddenly facing extensive and unexpected medical costs. They could be unable to work for a short or long period of time. There might be injuries that require them to have help for even the most basic tasks. Or, there could be a fatality. In the aftermath of a car crash, people will be focusing on the present and trying to get back to full health or trying to get beyond the untimely death of a loved one. They may not think about the future and how they will suffer financially. A legal filing might be the only way to recover a fair amount.

Rear-end car accidents can be deadly, as shown in recent crash

There are many kinds of car accidents in Georgia, but some of the most dangerous and deadly are rear-end crashes. When a vehicle is traveling at significant speed and it crashes into the back of another vehicle, there can be serious injuries and fatalities. This is especially true when a larger vehicle causes the crash. These accidents frequently occur on highways, making speed and the sudden need to stop a factor.

According to a recent report, a rear-end accident on the interstate led to the death of a 13-year-old girl. The accident occurred at around 12:30 p.m. when a tow truck that was in the process of hauling two other vehicles crashed into the rear of a van. There was a family in the van. Traffic had slowed and the tow truck could not stop in time. The van subsequently crashed into three other vehicles. At least six people were hospitalized. The people in the van were from Louisiana. The child was given CPR, was rushed to the hospital and was later declared dead. The investigation is continuing and it has not yet been determined if there will be charges.

Child suffers dog bite injuries from unknown breed of dog

In Georgia, people are responsible for their dogs. When a dog is allowed out without a leash, is not properly vaccinated and bites someone, it can cause serious injuries. This is especially dangerous when there is the possibility that the dog is rabid or has other issues that can severely harm the victim, even if the bite itself is not serious. When this happens, the person who was injured and the family must remember what they might face in the future with medical expenses and long-term damage. A legal filing is often the only way to attempt to recover adequate compensation after dog bite injuries.

According to reports, a child was bitten on a recent morning by an unleashed dog and suffered injuries. The incident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. The 14-year-old girl had brought her brother to the school bus when a black dog wearing a collar approached. According to her, the dog seemed calm when it sniffed her. It suddenly snapped. Another person chased the dog away with a mop and hit it to get it off the girl. It ran away.

The danger of DUI car accidents shown in fatal Georgia crash

Any car accident in Georgia can lead to injuries and fatalities. People who head out on the road should be cognizant of their surroundings and make every effort to be as safe and cautious as possible to avoid accidents. In some cases, there is no avoiding car accidents and a crash occurs. In a worst-case scenario, it can result in a fatality. There are many reasons for car accidents to occur, including distracted driving, negligence, recklessness, drowsy driving and one of the riskiest behaviors behind the wheel: driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Those who have been hurt or lost a loved one in an accident must remember that they may have the right to seek compensation in a legal filing.

According to reports, a recent two-vehicle accident led to the death of a 64-year-old woman. The accident involved a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2018 Kia Sorrento. The woman who died was a passenger in the Chevy. Her 66-year-old husband was driving. According to the accident investigation, the Kia, driven by a 21-year-old female, was going south in the wrong lane while the Chevy was going north. It crashed into the front of the Chevy. The Kia went down an embankment. The Chevy ended up straddling both lanes.

Police say trucker will be cited for injury accident

Law enforcement officers have indicated that charges are pending against a trucker who allegedly caused a traffic accident on a highway in nearby Columbia County. Still, authorities have not specified what law the trucker will be cited for violating, and they are continuing to investigate the accident.

Initial reports were that a pickup truck was traveling alongside the trucker's semi in the inside, left lane of a multi-lane highway. The trucker, who was waiting at an intersection, pulled in to the path of the pickup truck, striking it with the trailer that was attached to the cab. The trucker said that some trees were obstructing his view, and so he did not see the pickup approaching the intersection.

What is the most dangerous dog breed?

Many breeds of dogs have gotten such a reputation that an average Augusta, Georgia, resident might assume that a dog of that breed is always a bite risk.

Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans and German Shepherds all have the reputation of being dogs that humans may should just as soon as avoid and should certainly not take out in to the general public or keep around kids.

Attention Georgia drivers: these dangers may be lurking nearby

When you get behind the wheel of your car to travel somewhere in Georgia, you understand the personal risk inherent to operating a motor vehicle. However, you likely also reasonably expect that if you adhere to all traffic and safety regulations and pay close attention to your road surroundings while you drive, you should reach your destination without incident.

It's your surroundings that may carry the most danger. You may be alert and cautious at the wheel; however, any number of issues can arise that would catch you off-guard and perhaps cause a collision, resulting in your injury. Understanding what types of dangers exist and knowing what to do if a problem arises may help you mitigate your circumstances.

Where to turn after being injured in a slip-and-fall accident

While people in Augusta need not worry about icy sidewalks for the most part, that doesn't mean that sidewalks, floors and other surfaces are totally safe. For example, a spill on a grocery store floor could cause a slip-and-fall accident if it is not promptly attended to. Torn carpeting in a restaurant or a broken step in a hotel pose similar dangers; dangers that most people are unaware of until it is too late.

Slip-and-fall accidents can be very damaging. While some people may be fortunate to walk away from the instrument with nothing more than a bruise, others could break a bone, suffer head injuries or suffer back injuries. Any of these conditions could cause long-lasting damages that in some cases will affect a person for the rest of his or her life.