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Jason R. Schultz
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Jason R. Schultz
Jason R. Schultz
A child suffered serious injuries in a pedestrian accident in Marietta last week. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the 5-year-old boy was crossing the street with his mother and two other children, when they were struck by a Honda Accord. He suffered serious head injuries, and a broken leg.
Marietta police are investigating the accident. There is no information yet on whether the family was on a crosswalk at the time of the accident.
As a Coweta County pedestrian accident lawyer, I see that pedestrian accidents are often the result of negligent motorists who fail to pay enough attention to notice a pedestrian crossing the street right in front of them. Motorists who are speeding may not be able to stop in time to avoid a pedestrian. Frequently, drivers do not even notice a pedestrian until after striking them. In most of these cases, the driver failed to spot the pedestrian because of cell phone use or other distractions. Text messaging requires a motorist's eyes to be taken off the road for more than 4 seconds. That's more than enough time for an accident. Motorists who are speeding, or driving under the influence of alcohol may also be unable to stop in time to avoid an accident. Alcohol slows down response times, making it harder for a motorist to avoid a pedestrian.
Pedestrians too can take steps to improve their chances of getting home safe.
Always cross on a marked and designated crosswalk.
Avoid distractions while walking. Talking on your cell phone or listening to the i-Pod while walking can prevent you from hearing motorist signals.
Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing while walking in the dark.
Walk in a group as much as possible. Pedestrians walking in groups tend to be spotted more readily.
Investigating teams are probing a fiery truck accident that took place in Colquitt County, Georgia on Tuesday, but it will be weeks before we find out what actually happened to incinerate the vehicle that the victims were traveling in. The two women who were killed in the crash have now been identified as sisters, Juana Mezquital Severiano and Petra Mezquital Severiano. They were reportedly on their way to work in a Chevrolet Blazer, being driven by 28-year-old Juana. As the Blazer was crossing an intersection, it collided with a tractor trailer that was also passing through.
The impact of the accident sent the two vehicles hundreds of feet ahead. The Blazer came to a stop on an embankment and immediately burst into flames. Passing motorists and the truck driver tried to pull the two women out of the burning car, but were unsuccessful. It was left to firefighting crews and rescue personnel who arrived at the scene to extricate the girl's bodies. Sources say that the two women died on impact and were not alive when the vehicle exploded. It took a while to identify their charred remains. Initially, there was some confusion that an infant was present in the car, but that was later refuted. The sisters were identified with the help of their husbands and head trauma was ruled as the cause of death. The driver of the tractor trailer, who escaped without injury, hasn't been charged yet.
There is no information yet on any probable causes of the accident or whether speeding was a factor. Police are likely to conduct a complete investigation of the conduct of both drivers in the accident including the truck driver, Wayne Daniels. They will likely be looking into his speed at the time of the crash, as well as conducting alcohol and drug tests to rule out the possibility of driving under the influence. Any signs of malfunctioning of the truck like faulty brakes etc. will also be investigated as well.
Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer
The two sisters were the third and fourth road accident deaths in Colquitt County in just the past three weeks. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving a large truck or tractor trailer, contact me at my Atlanta and Peachtree City personal injury lawyer firm for a free evaluation of your case.
Last month, I discussed the deplorable state of Georgia's trauma care network and the increase in auto accident fatality rates in rural Georgia, which has fewer numbers of such emergency care centers. A severe paucity of funds, made worse by a recession and a budget deficit, threatens to condemn thousands of Georgians in the south to continued limited access to "golden hour" trauma care. Now, a new bill that offers a ray of hope for funding efforts has been introduced in the legislature.
The bill, sponsored by state Representative Jim Cole is backed by Governor Sonny Purdue. It aims to charge an additional fee of $200 from every motorist who is caught driving at extreme speeds on the state's highways. Motorists driving at 85 mph on four lane highways and 75 mph on two lane roads will have to pay the $200 fine, in addition to any other fines that may be levied. The bill will also impose a fine of $400 on drivers as they attempt to get their suspended or revoked driver's licenses renewed. The bill aims to raise at least $30 million each year, and these funds will be used to expand the state's trauma care system. Another scheme that will eliminate the annual car tag tax, and replace it with a fee of $1,500 payable one time only on newly purchased vehicles, is also receiving backing from House Republicans. This move too is expected to add to the state's coffers, enabling funds to be channeled towards trauma care center expansion.
As a Georgia personal injury lawyer and a concerned Georgia citizen, I am delighted by these measures that promise to bridge the gap in emergency trauma care in cities and rural centers. It also makes perfect sense to me that "super speeders," who are typically involved in serious auto accidents, are the ones who should pay heavy fines for their behavior, thus funding the expansion plan.
The risk of death is highest during the "golden hour" - the first hour after a serious car accident, fall or explosion - and too many Georgians suffer from a lack of access to immediate trauma care because there are no trauma care centers in their area. If the bill is passed, more people in rural parts of the state will receive access to the trauma care they need.
An automobile accident on Friday night involving a pickup truck, a MARTA bus and a car killed 2 people in Atlanta. According to this report, a speeding Dodge pickup truck hit a MARTA bus at a Southwest Atlanta intersection. The impact caused the pickup to become air borne, crashing down on a nearby passenger car. The 2 occupants of the car were killed instantly. The driver of the pickup truck suffered moderate injuries, and was rushed to the hospital, where he is listed as being in stable condition. Police have not yet filed criminal charges against the pickup driver and have confirmed that alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
Judging from the impact of the accident, the pickup driver seemed to have been driving at excessively high speeds. Speeding is one of the most avoidable driving behaviors. When a motorist drives at excessive speed, he risks not only his own life, but also the lives of dozens of other motorists who are sharing the road with him. A crash involving a speeding car almost always results in severe and catastrophic injuries and death. The kind of injuries that result from such crashes are life altering ones like brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and amputations, which can drastically alter the quality of a person's life.
As a Peachtree City Wrongful Death Lawyer I have litigated cases for people who have suffered serious injuries in a crash where speeding was one of the primary factors. No matter what the compensation amount, it can never return the quality of life that was enjoyed before the crash. Many victims depend on the damages they receive to bear their expensive medical treatment, rehabilitation therapy and income replacement.
A truck accident involving a tractor trailer and a garbage truck on Georgia highway 11 close to the Newton County/Social Circle border pushed both vehicles into a roadside ditch. Both the driver of the tractor trailer and the garbage truck were rushed to the hospital with injuries.
According to this report, the garbage truck was attempting to make a turn into a driveway on the afternoon of February 27th. The tractor trailer which was following behind was unable to slow down in time to avoid the garbage truck. The tractor trailer crashed into the smaller truck, and the impact ripped apart the front portion of the tractor trailer. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Some fuel from the tractor trailer spilled into the highway, and emergency crews were rushed to clean up the spill.
It appears that the tractor trailer driver was either speeding or following too close to the garbage truck. A tractor trailer is a massive vehicle weighing tens of thousands of pounds, and this makes it harder for a vehicle to slow down in case of an emergency. In fact, it takes up to twice as long for a tractor trailer to slow down or halt as it does for a smaller passenger vehicle. That's why it's so important that tractor trailers avoid tailgating, and keep some distance between their rig and the vehicles in front.
Speeding is particularly foolish for large truck drivers. Slowing the vehicle becomes even harder in emergency or non emergency situations and the consequences can be disastrous. An eighty (80) thousand pound tractor trailer can easily crush smaller vehicles and the occupants inside are exposed to the significant risk of serious injury.
A Bainbridge woman has been seriously injured after a two-vehicle car accident on Georgia 253 North on the border between Decatur and Baker counties. Larsen Wilkinson, a student of North Georgia's Young Harris College, suffered injuries over the weekend when her car was hit by another vehicle driven by Santarious Romero Nelson. Nelson's car is said to have drifted off the highway after which he lost control of the vehicle. The car spun backwards and into oncoming traffic and Wilkinson's car. Larsen was rushed to the hospital where she underwent surgery for two broken legs. Nelson didn't suffer major injuries in the crash. Nelson has received a citation for his failure to maintain his lane. There are no further details about the crash, or the possible role of speeding or alcohol.
Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer
Victims injured in an accident caused by another motorist's negligence may be eligible for compensation for their injuries. Reckless driving, speeding, drunk driving, and other failures to maintain traffic safety rules can be some instances of a motorist's negligence. Driving is a privilege, not a right, and when drivers neglect other people's safety on the road, they may find themselves liable for any accidents or injuries that result.The value of an accident claim will depend on several factors - the severity of the injuries suffered by the victim, as well as the conduct of the defendant. Broadly, you can recover economic losses, like medical expenses and lost wages, as well as damages for non-economic losses such as pain and suffering loss of enjoyment of life. An Atlanta car accident lawyer will help you quantify your claim, and recover compensation for these. If you have been injured in an accident, contact a Peachtree City or DeKalb County accident attorney at my office for a free consultation.