Josh Romney Provides a Positive Example by Rendering Assistance at Car Accident Scene
Josh Romney made national news during the Thanksgiving weekend when he rendered assistance to a family involved in a car crash. The parents and their two teen kids were taken to a hospital for treatment of their injuries after their SUV crashed into a private residence. While the collision between the SUV and the dwelling is still under investigation, the Reuters report indicates that law enforcement officials believe that the driver of the SUV suffered a medical emergency.
This car accident drew national media attention by some who criticized Mitt Romney's son for posting pictures and a tweet regarding his role in rendering assistance, but our Atlanta auto collision lawyers commend the younger Romney for taking the time to assist when other motorists might have elected to ignore the emergency. This incident provides a number of lessons for others who happen upon a car crash when traveling the streets and highways of Georgia.
Stop and Render Assistance: Putting aside the issue of Josh Romney's tweet announcing his role in providing assistance, we commend his effort in stopping to render assistance. Many motorists have driven past a crash scene without stopping or notifying authorities. The decision to stop and summon emergency responders can save a life. While the level of assistance that is appropriate may differ based on the circumstances, a phone call to summon emergency medical assistance is an important minimum level of involvement.
Move Over: Unfortunately, many people who elect not to stop actually make the situation worse by slowing down and rubbernecking rather than moving over when emergency responders arrive at the scene. Georgia's Move-Over Law requires drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped on the side of the highway. Law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and other first responders to accident scenes are extremely vulnerable when rendering assistance to traffic accident victims. The practice of moving out of the way allows people who are potentially injured to receive medical attention as rapidly as possible while also avoiding incurring a fine of hundreds of dollars.
Medical Emergencies & Liability: While a medical emergency may make an accident seem like an unavoidable and unpredictable event, a fair number of collisions caused by those who suffer an adverse medical event still merit liability of the affected motorist. The fundamental issue in such situations involves the predictability of the medical emergency. If someone has an isolated event like a stroke or heart attack, this type of medical emergency generally will not be foreseeable, but a seizure by a person with a history of epilepsy may be predictable. When a driver actually suffers an unforeseeable medical emergency, then injury victims may need to explore the possibility that a third party also engaged in negligent conduct that contributed to the collision.
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