Earlier this month, a driver was killed in a crash near Nassau County, Florida. According to local news reports, the driver was not identified for several hours following the accident. Sources now indicate that the driver has been identified as a 51-year-old woman from St. Mary’s County.
Apparently, the woman was driving north on I-95 around 4:20 p.m. last week when the incident occurred. She unfortunately lost control of her vehicle right around the Pecan Park Road exit. A Florida Highway Patrol report explained that the woman over-corrected her SUV while driving, and as a result her car flipped over several times.
As the vehicle was rolling, the woman was thrown from her SUV and sadly was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Fortunately, there were no other passengers in the SUV. Reports indicate that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. Traffic was redirected for several hours while the crash was being cleared.
Negligent Driving in Georgia
In the accident discussed above, no one besides the driver of the SUV was killed or seriously injured. However, in many situations negligent driving results in severe injuries or fatalities. In such cases, the victim of the accident, or the victim’s’ family, may choose to bring a negligence lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
To bring a negligence claim in Georgia, a victim or his or her loved one needs to establish the wrongdoer owed the victim a duty of care to not act negligently. They then must prove that the driver breached that duty, and that the breach was the actual and proximate cause of their injuries and damages.
Some examples of negligent driving include:
- Distracted driving;
- Texting or talking to a passenger while driving;
- Not properly maintaining a vehicle;
- Fatigued or drowsy driving;
- Not taking the medication that is needed to operate the vehicle safely and reliably; or
- Failing to abide by any and all safety rules and regulations.
All Georgia drivers owe a duty of care to other drivers to drive carefully. If a driver engages in one of the above activities or similar behavior, he or she may be liable to the parties injured in any resulting accident through the legal theory of negligence.
Have You Been a Victim of Another’s Negligence in Georgia?
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed because of a negligent driver, you may wish to bring a claim against the liable party. As it was stated above, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your past medical bills, future medical expenses, and potentially for pain and suffering caused as a result of the accident. These cases often involve a significant amount of investigation, research, and preparation, so having an attorney to assist you is all but indispensable. Many times, several parties are involved, and it may be necessary to negotiate with insurance companies. The attorneys at Miller Legal Services have several years of experience settling and litigating all types of negligence claims. If you have been injured, contact our office today at 770-284-3727 to schedule a free initial consultation.
See Related Blog Posts
Georgia Truck Accident Kills Three in the Same Family, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, December 17, 2014.
Officers Searching For Truck in Georgia Hit-and-Run, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, January 21, 2015.