Earlier this month, a 27-year-old man died in a car accident at Old Shackleford Road in Lawrenceville. According to a local news report, investigators suspect that speed played a significant role in the accident. Apparently, the young man lost control of his vehicle on Club Drive. He was traveling west on Club Drive around 10:20 p.m. late last month when he hit the oncoming car on a sharp curve. Another car attempted to avoid getting into an accident with the young man, but he could not and collided with his driver’s door.
The driver who hit the young man was not injured and did not need to go to the hospital. Unfortunately, the young man was killed as a result of the accident. An on-going investigation has revealed that speed may have been a factor in this accident. There are no reports of alcohol also contributing to the accident, but the investigation is still ongoing.
Georgia Road Conditions and Negligence
In Georgia, cities and municipalities have a duty to ensure that their roads are safely designed and maintained. In the above case, it seems that the road that the individual was traveling had an extremely sharp turn. Although in the case discussed there is no mention of signs or warnings, it is important to address this issue when bringing a claim of this nature. If a design or layout of a public road creates a hazard for pedestrians or drivers and an accident occurs, the injured party may be able to bring a negligence suit.
To bring a negligence suit in Georgia, the plaintiff must establish certain elements. The plaintiff must first show that the wrongdoer owed him or her a standard duty of care and that the duty was breached. The plaintiff then must prove that the breach was the proximate or actual cause of his or her actual verifiable injuries.
It is important to note that in these types of cases there are often multiple parties that can be held liable. For instance, if another driver was injured or killed because of the speeding driver, the victim or his or her family could bring a suit against the driver and possibly the entity responsible for maintaining the dangerous curved road. If the city or municipality knew about how dangerous the road was and failed to warn or rectify drivers of the danger, it may be liable for negligence as well.
Contacting a Georgia Attorney for Negligence
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a dangerously designed road or the negligence of another party, you may be able to bring a personal injury suit against the wrongdoer. Miller Legal Services is comprised of dedicated attorneys who have been practicing in Georgia for over 30 years. The attorneys at Miller Legal Services are skilled at negotiating, settling, and litigating complex personal injury cases. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed, you may be entitled to damages for your past medical expenses, your future medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, and other damages related to the injuries you incurred. These cases often are complex and require a significant amount of preparation. Contact one of our diligent attorneys today at 770-284-3727 to set up a free initial consultation.
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Another Drunk Driving Crash, This Time in Lumpkin County, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, September 17, 2014.
Georgia Woman Dies in South Carolina Accident, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, October 13, 2014.