Speeding Drivers Claim the Lives of Three Atlanta Children
Earlier this month, two speeding drivers violently crashed into a car carrying three children on Moreland Avenue. The family was making a left hand turn onto Constitution Avenue when two vehicles traveling southbound on Moreland struck the sedan. The force was reportedly so tremendous it threw the three children, ages three, four, and six, out of the vehicle. Tragically, the two younger children were killed instantly. The oldest child fought for weeks in the hospital but sadly ultimately succumbed to his injuries. The children's mother suffered serious injuries, including a broken back and internal bleeding.
According to Fox News, police reported that the two drivers were traveling at excessive speeds of possibly 100 miles per hour. There was speculation the drivers were drag racing at the time of the crash, but this has not been substantiated. The individuals are both being charged with multiple counts of vehicular homicide and reckless driving. At their first appearance, bonds were set in the amount of $175,000 for one driver and $300,000 for the other, who had an extensive driving record that included speeding violations.
Speed Leads to One Third of All Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, since 2004, speeding has been the cause of approximately one third of all fatal car accidents. Speeding kills an estimated 13,300 individuals each year. When drivers are in a rush, they reduce their ability to stop to avoid obstacles or collisions with other drivers, as well as bicyclists and pedestrians.
Georgia law requires that all drivers obey posted speed limits. When speed limits are not posted, drivers must travel at a reasonable speed limit set by the state. Speeding in congested areas is particularly dangerous, as drivers can easily crash into the many vehicles around them.
Car accidents involving excessive speed are more likely to result in serious injuries or death due to the force involved. These accidents can result in traumatic brain injuries, head injuries, broken arms or legs, internal organ injuries, severe lacerations, spinal cord damage, herniated disks and even death.
Injuries such as these will require extensive medical treatment over a long period of time. Accident victims may find themselves unable to return to their previous work position or their normal daily routine for some time to come.
Establishing Liability in Speed Related Accidents
Speeding drivers may be held accountable for the injuries and property damage they inflict. The crucial part to any speed related personal injury claim or lawsuit will be proving the at-fault driver was traveling at an excessive speed. The police report may prove helpful in this manner, as can eye witness reports. An accident reconstruction expert can often predict speed from the angle and damage inflicted upon the vehicles. At times, traffic cameras can assist in your case as well as black box data if a truck was involved. Hiring an experienced Atlanta auto accident attorney who can take the necessary steps to gather and preserve the evidence that is needed to prove your case can be crucial to the success of your claim.
Montlick & Associates, Attorneys: Experienced Legal Representation in Atlanta For Over 35 Years
Exceeding the speed limit comes at serious risks to other users of the roadways. If you have been injured in a speed related accident, contact the Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers at Montlick and Associates to learn about your legal rights to money damages, and the steps that need to be taken to protect those rights. Since 1984 Montlick & Associates has helped accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve. Damages recoverable in auto accident cases can include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more. Legal time deadlines apply to all claims, so we encourage you to contact us without delay. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.