The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are two agencies that are responsible for collecting data on traffic accidents throughout the United States and implementing safety programs. The NHTSA, established in 1970, collects data regarding the types of accidents that occur in relation to location, time of day, and type of vehicle. The FMCSA also tracks similar data, but their information is tailored towards large commercial vehicles, such as semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and tankers.
These government agencies are required to evaluate the data and develop new safety regulations to lessen the most frequently occurring types of accidents. According to one news report, the NHTSA released a regulation that will require all newly produced cars to have backing-up capabilities. According to NHTSA, over 15,000 injuries annually are caused by backing-up accidents – and a large portion of the fatalities involve young children.
All new cars must have the capability to have this technology by May 2018. However, many older cars will be able to implement this as an aftermarket addition as well. The agencies are hopeful that this addition will serve as a preventative measure for these backing-up crashes. Some technicians also believe that beyond lessening the amount of fatalities. this new feature will be one of convenience as well – because minor accidents will be reduced if the driver has the ability to look at what they are backing into.
The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Georgia
As the NHTSA notes, backing-up accidents are one of the more frequently occurring causes of accidents across the United States. Additionally, some other common causes of car accidents in Georgia include distracted driving, drunk drivers, speeding, reckless driving, and bad road conditions.
Liability in Car Accidents in Georgia
In many cases, the culpable party in these types of cases is very clear. It is often the driver of the vehicle that is backing up. However, under Georgia law, an individual can bring a personal injury lawsuit against other parties that may be responsible for their injuries. For example, if an individual is hurt by a commercial vehicle, it is possible that the victim can bring a claim against the individual’s employer if they can establish that the employer was vicariously liable for their employee’s actions. Furthermore, Georgia does have very specific and limited laws, called the Dram Shop Laws, concerning those that serve alcohol to intoxicated individuals that later go on to injure another party because of their intoxication.
Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident in Georgia?
Personal injury cases can be exceedingly complicated because of the many laws that govern this area of law. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed because of the negligence of another, you should consider hiring an attorney at Miller Legal Services to assist you in this complex area of the law. If you are successful, you may be entitled to monetary damages for your injuries. This can include payments for your past medical bills, future medical expenses, and other damages related to your injuries. Contact one of the experienced attorneys at Miller Legal Services at 770-284-3737 to schedule your free initial consultation today.
See Related Blog Posts:
Georgia Woman Found Dead After Hit-and-Run, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, November 4, 2015.
Eighth Circuit Circuit Court Finds Independent Intervening Cause As Defense to Liability, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, October 21, 2015.