Georgia Man Strikes Car While Driving Without Lights On
Many Georgia roadways do not have a substantial amount of light, and drivers must rely on their headlights as well as the headlights of other vehicles when driving in dark conditions. It can be nearly impossible to see a vehicle that does not have its headlights or taillights on. In fact, a Georgia man recently demonstrated just how difficult it can be.
Police were trying to identify and stop a vehicle that was operating without its lights on, and at moment's notice, completely lost sight of the vehicle. In addition to eluding the police for a period of time, the man driving the vehicle struck another vehicle after running through a stop sign. The occupant of the other vehicle received treatment for injuries, and luckily, was in stable condition. The Georgia man responsible for causing the accident was charged with multiple crimes including causing serious injury by motor vehicle. In addition to facing criminal charges, this Georgia man may face civil action if the injured individual seeks to recover for the injuries suffered.
The Dangers of Driving Without Lights On
The situation discussed above is just one example of what can happen when someone drives without lights on. While the individual committed additional traffic violations (such as running a stop sign), the police were still having trouble even locating the vehicle, demonstrating that some cars can be nearly invisible at night without lights on. Luckily the victim in this scenario is still alive and will hopefully recover quickly. Other individuals may not be so lucky, and instead may face life-changing injuries. Such injuries could be permanent in nature, or could result in death.
It is understandable that a headlight or taillight will go out from time to time, and most people fix the problem right away. For others that either ignore a burned out headlight or taillight or intentionally have their lights turned off, the consequences can be disastrous both for the individual without his or her lights on and all other vehicles on the roadway. If you cannot see another vehicle heading your way, any collision can prove to be catastrophic, especially on highways with high speed limits and undivided roads.
Automobile accidents are a fact of life, and occur on a daily basis. However, some accidents are certainly preventable when it comes to operating a vehicle without lights on. The victim of the story described above did not need to suffer injuries at the expense of the other man's decision to drive without his lights on. Any individual who is injured as a result of conduct like this may seek to recover for the injuries suffered, and should have competent legal advice and representation.
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