Georgia Experiences an Increased Number of Road Fatalities in Early 2015
Thus far, the state of Georgia has seen its fair share of accident victims in 2015. In response to such a steep incline in the number of roadway fatalities, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced on May 11, 2015, that it would launch a campaign entitled "DriveAlert ArriveAlive." This campaign is aimed at addressing a twenty-five percent increase in the number of road fatalities that has occurred in the first quarter of 2015 alone. Whatever the reason may be for the increased number of road fatalities, steps will be taken to help make Georgia roadways safer. The campaign asks drivers to do three things while driving: (1) wear a seatbelt; (2) stay off the phone; and (3) only drive while alert (i.e., do not drive while impaired or drowsy).
While these three steps may seem simple enough, they are still some steps that many drivers do not take, and this can ultimately lead to devastating accidents. While some accidents may not be preventable, many people injured in automobile accidents are injured through no fault of their own. Perhaps another driver was texting while driving, or wasn't paying attention to the adjacent lane, colliding with another vehicle. When people suffer injuries due to accidents that could have been prevented, these people may be entitled to compensation if it can be proven that another person's negligent conduct was the cause of the accident.
Insurance Claims and Lawsuits Involving Fatalities – What You Should Know
If a loved one has passed away as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident, the process for seeking compensation is a little different than an ordinary personal injury case. Given that your loved one is not able to speak on his or her own behalf, a surviving spouse or next of kin may have the option of pursuing a wrongful death claim or lawsuit on the deceased loved one's behalf. Wrongful death lawsuits have the potential to be complicated, as the injured victim's own testimony will not be available as evidence of what happened.
As such, if your loved one's death may have been caused by another person's negligent conduct, it is important that you obtain the advice of an experienced legal professional. All states have different laws when it comes to personal injuries and wrongful deaths, so understanding how Georgia's laws may apply to you and your loved one's situation is crucial. That is why speaking with an attorney is essential to answer to advise you of your legal rights, all applicable time deadlines, and the steps that are necessary to protect those rights and get you the compensation that you deserve. Avoid the "what if" questions – contact Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, to learn more about your options.
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