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Pedestrians constantly at risk for injuries in car accidents

Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable people to car accidents on the streets in Georgia. With the number of drivers who are reckless behind the wheel, are not paying attention to the road or are under the influence, crashes can happen without warning and lead to serious injuries and death. With the long-term damage that can accompany pedestrian-car accidents, those who have been impacted must remember their rights and consider a legal filing for compensation.

Lack of sleep multiplies risk of car accidents

For Georgia residents who are busy and might not get the necessary amount of sleep to feel fully rested, it might seem to be a required trade-off to complete the various personal and professional tasks they have throughout the day. Most will think it is not a critical factor in being safe on the road. However, a lack of sleep can significantly increase the danger of being in car accidents. This is highlighted just as daylight savings time hits and the clocks are moved an hour forward, depriving people of an hour of sleep until they again become accustomed to the change.

Pedestrian-car accidents on the rise in Georgia

Studies are common to determine what dangers are on the road across the U.S. When these research projects are done, there is usually information about individual states. For example, some states are found to have greater risk for certain kinds of accidents than others. A recent study regarding pedestrian-auto accidents found that Georgia experienced a significant uptick in fatal pedestrian crashes in the first six months of 2018. This should be a concern for everyone in the state and those who have been affected must be aware of this information for use in a legal filing for compensation.

Death of veteran shows risk of motorcycle and car accidents

No matter how many times Georgia drivers are advised to keep a close watch on the road for motorcyclists, they still tend to forget that riders are on smaller vehicles and are inherently vulnerable to injuries and death in a crash. Unfortunately, motorcycle-car accidents are common on the state roadways. These can happen for a variety of reasons including distracted driving, recklessness, drivers under the influence and a simple matter of not seeing the motorcycle. When there is a fatal motorcycle crash, family members facing the unexpected loss of a loved one must remember they have the right to seek compensation in a legal filing.

People can be injured in car accidents without a collision

When there is a report of people being injured after a car accident in Georgia, there is an automatic assumption that a collision is what caused the injuries. However, when drivers seek to avoid a crash, people can still be hurt in the aftermath. Those who suffered injuries after an accident - even if they were not hit by another vehicle itself - have the right to seek compensation in a lawsuit. Understanding what steps to take is a key part of filing a case.

Hit-and-runs cause injuries in Georgia

In Georgia, people often make the mistake of getting behind the wheel after they have been drinking. Besides the possibility of an arrest and jail time, this can lead to accidents that cause injuries or death. Frequently, those who are injured or killed are simply minding their own business and suddenly find themselves confronted with injuries and long-term damage because of a driver's lack of care. Although it is difficult to think about, it is imperative to consider the legal options for compensation after such an accident.

Distracted driving behaviors raise the risk of car accidents

Serious injuries and fatalities can result from car accidents in Georgia. Researchers, law enforcement and lawmakers are regularly trying to discern the causes of these crashes and formulate methods to reduce their frequency and keep people safe. Distracted driving is a known risk for people on the road. It was long suspected that greater enforcement and the repeated harping of the dangers were proving effective against distracted driving. Unfortunately, that might not be the case. After a crash, evidence of a distracted driver can be key to a successful legal filing.

DUI car accidents cause injuries and death

Although distracted driving has become a prominent focus of car accidents, injuries and fatalities in Georgia and across the nation, one of the most dangerous behaviors that people can have behind the wheel is driving under the influence. The risk inherent for innocent drivers and pedestrians when a person chooses to drive after drinking or using drugs is substantial. These accidents can cause major problems in a person's life. After there has been a crash, those who were impacted must remember they have the right to seek compensation in a legal filing with help from a law firm that specializes in car accidents.

To reduce car accidents, Georgia enforces distracted driving law

Distracted driving is problematic across the nation. Georgia took specific steps to reduce its occurrence and the dangers associated with it. The new law implemented in the middle of 2018 was put in place to cite drivers for failing to use a hands-free device when behind the wheel. From the time the law was put in place in July, there have been nearly 8,400 citations given. There was a significant rise in violations in December to coincide with the holidays. In comparison, there were fewer than half that number given in the first half of 2018.

Hit-and-run car accidents involving children spark injury, arrest

Car accidents do not discriminate based on any factor including what a person does for a living. Anyone can be involved in a crash. They must adhere to the law after the fact or face various sanctions if they do not. However, people who are in an accident - especially one involving a child - might be scared or intimidated. This could lead to them fleeing the scene and making the situation worse. From the victim's perspective, a hit-and-run crash multiplies the risk because the injured person might not get the care they need in a timely fashion and it could cause the injuries to be worse than they otherwise would be. It can even result in a fatality. People who are in a hit-and-run crash must have legal help to consider a lawsuit for compensation.