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Atlanta Woman Dies in Gun Range Accident

January 13, 2017

A 24-year-old Gwinnett County woman was recently killed at a gun range in South Carolina. The young woman was visiting friends and family for the holidays when she and another friend decided to make a trip to a gun range in Anderson. Out of nowhere, a bullet from someone's gun hit the Georgia woman in the head. She was on life support for several days, but ultimately did not survive the accident. Now, authorities, friends, and family members are struggling to make sense of the tragic accident. It remains unclear who fired the fatal shot and why it strayed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were over 73,000 nonfatal firearm injuries in 2013 and 500 deaths due to accidental or negligent discharge of a firearm. There are numerous causes of gun accidents, including, among others:

  • Lack of parental supervision: Each year, about 1,500 children under the age of 18 are killed in shootings. Many of these deaths are caused by accidental discharge of a firearm by the child or another child in the home. Parents must secure firearms in the home out of the reach of children. If a child manages to grab a firearm and accidently discharges it, injuring or killing another, the parent may be held responsible.
  • Poor gun range design or management: Gun ranges can be hazardous. At the range, numerous shooters will be firing weapons in close range. Most shooters are wearing ear protection, limiting their ability to hear. Gun range injuries include punctured ear drums, slip and falls, and deaths due to accidental discharge. When a serious gun range accident occurs, the owner of the range may be liable.
  • Accidental discharge: Accidental discharge can happen in numerous different circumstances. Anyone who is carrying a firearm must take extreme safety precautions to prevent the accidental discharge of their weapon. Accidents that result in accidental discharge and injure or kill another can form the basis for liability in a personal injury lawsuit.
  • Manufacturer defects: Gun owners have the expectation that their weapon will function for its intended purpose. At times, a gun will unexpectedly discharge or otherwise injure the shooter or another person due to a defect within the weapon. Manufacturer defects may happen due to poor workmanship, errors made in the factory process, cost cutting, defective design, and the like. Gun makers can be held accountable for the injuries or deaths that result from a defective firearm.

Gun related accidents are often serious due to the severity of the injuries involved. Those injured in a gun accident or the family members of those killed due to an accidental discharge will need to establish that the shooter behaved in a negligent manner. Our Atlanta personal injury attorneys will help injury victims to build their case against the negligent shooter, manufacturer, gun range owner, or other person responsible for their injuries.

Contact Our Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys for a Free Consultation Today!

Gun range accidents are relatively rare, but when they occur, the results can be catastrophic. If you have been injured in a gun range or another type of accident that may have involved negligence, our Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates can help. Our personal injury lawyers assist the victims of all manner of accidents involving negligence. Since 1984, Montlick & Associates has championed the cause of injury victims throughout the State of Georgia.

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