In Georgia, the motorcycle helmet law has not changed since about 1969, but that is not true in all states. At one time, the federal government required states to enact helmet use laws to receive funding for highway construction. In the 1970s, this changed when Congress stopped the Department of Transportation from assessing penalties on the state.
A 43-year-old woman of Forsyth County, Georgia, was killed in a three-vehicle collision on Georgia Highway 9. One of the vehicles involved in the incident was a school bus. The responding deputy said that the woman died at Northside Hospital after the crash. The driver of the other vehicle suffered injuries, but there were no signs of gross negligence on behalf of any of the drivers. Subsequently, authorities did not make any citations.The school bus was waiting to make a left turn at the intersection of Georgia Highway 9 and North Old Atlanta Road. The 43-year-old woman was traveling eastbound on North Old Atlanta Road, and the other driver was headed in the southbound direction. When the two vehicles collided, the 43-year-old woman's vehicle impacted the passenger side of the school bus.
Motorcycle accidents are so often catastrophic because motorcycles have a much smaller profile. Drivers must take extra care when making turns or crossing intersections to ensure they are not endangering motorcyclists, pedestrians or other parties on Georgia roads. Injuries commonly sustained in a motorcycle accident range from minor scrapes to severe limb, spinal or leg injuries, and even death.
A bizarre multi-vehicle collision concluded last week with a car crashing through the window of a restaurant and coming to rest entirely inside the business amidst rubble and glass. This car accident looked like a stunt out of an action movie but resulted in serious, real-life damage.
With thousands of drivers on Georgia's roads, car accidents have become an increasing threat. Innocent people are injured or killed by gross negligence and carelessness on the part of other drivers. In these instances, particularly when the collision involves use of drugs or alcohol, victims could stand to seek compensation.
Passengers involved in a car accident in Georgia can seek compensation for their injuries if the driver was engaged in reckless or otherwise negligent behavior that resulted in the crash. Drivers bear the responsibility for passengers in their care, and those injured in an auto accident should seek to learn their rights and legal responsibilities in order to determine how to proceed after a wreck.
When a fatal accident is the result of a driver's negligence, the family of the deceased can sue for wrongful death. The concerns of grieving families often don't immediately involve the financial problems that come with losing a loved one, but those problems, which are usually related to medical bills and funeral costs, are nonetheless real.
A Georgia family is likely still grappling to come to terms with the shock that their loved one is no longer with them. On Monday, the Georgia man was killed in a three-vehicle collision that also injured the Georgia man's passenger. The car accident happened in the early hours of the morning, just before 5 a.m.