Earlier this month in Valdosta, a massive accident occurred on Interstate 75 that claimed the lives of four motorists and sent another 13 people to the hospital. According to a report by one local news source, a southbound driver on I-75 suffered a blown tire near exit 22. The vehicle spun out of control and smashed into a nearby guard rail.
A second car crashed into some of the debris left from the first car crashing into the guard rail. Of course, traffic came to a stop after the accident as emergency personnel attempted to clear the scene. As some point, a semi-truck driver slammed into the back of the stopped traffic. Witnesses nearby at the time told reporters that it seemed as though the driver was distracted at the time.
In all, the truck collided with seven or eight vehicles. Thirteen people were sent to the hospital and four people died as a result of the accident, including an 82-year-old man and a family of three.
Police believe that the semi-truck driver was at fault for the accident, since there was no apparent reason for his failure to slow down for stopped traffic. He may be facing several charges in relation to the accident.
Distracted Driving in Georgia
Distracted driving has become a buzz word lately, especially with the nation-wide popularity of driving-while-texting bans. However, driving while texting is just one instance of distracted driving. Other examples of this extremely dangerous behavior include:
- Talking on the phone;
- Grooming (shaving, painting nails, etc.);
- Fiddling with the radio or the GPS system;
- Eating or drinking;
- Talking to a passenger or a child in the back seat; and
Any of the above activities, if done while driving, can take the driver’s attention away from the road and increase the danger of a serious accident.
Distracted Driving and Civil Liability
Those who cause an accident while distracted are responsible to the victims of that accident for any injuries or property damage they suffer as a result. This is a specific application of the common-law tort of negligence.
A negligence lawsuit requires that a plaintiff prove that the other driver was negligent and that the plaintiff’s injuries were caused by this negligence. In cases of distracted driving, it helps the plaintiff that there have recently been laws passed banning some distracted-driving behavior, such as texting while driving.
Have You Been Injured in a Distracted Driving Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Georgia auto accident, and you believe that it may have been caused by a distracted driver, you may be eligible for monetary compensation. Sometimes, it is not clear why an accident occurred until an in-depth investigation is performed by an experienced attorney. Upon an investigation, more facts may come to light strengthening your case. To learn more about Georgia negligence actions, and to speak to a dedicated Georgia personal injury attorney, click here, or call 770-284-3727 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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Sheriff’s Deputy Caught in Hit-and-Run Accident, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, July 24, 2014.
Family Van Crashes Due to Tire Explosion, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, July 10, 2014.