Two Georgia High School Students Killed in Crash on Way to School
A tragic Gwinnett County car crash recently claimed the lives of two local teens, according to WSB TV. The high school students were on their way to Dacula High School when the 17 year old driver made a left-hand turn into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The driver died shortly after the accident and the 15 year old passenger also died some hours later. The driver of the other vehicle was injured in the crash but is thankfully expected to recover. Community members are gathering to honor the two young lives lost too soon.
Left Hand Turn Accidents can be Deadly
Accidents commonly result from improper left hand turns. The car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, see police reports about these types of accidents far too often. Left hand turn accidents can result in serious injuries, ranging from traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, contusions, internal organ damage, death and much more. These accidents can present complex issues of liability that will require the assistance of an experienced car accident law firm.
Left hand turns are so common, in part, because of the many tasks the driver turning left must perform. The left hand turning driver must see and yield to oncoming traffic, as oncoming traffic will always have the right of way. The left turning driver must make sure he or she has enough room to turn left in advance of the oncoming traffic. At times, it can be difficult to determine with accuracy how far away oncoming traffic is and at what speed it is traveling.
In a left hand turn accident, the driver turning left often misjudges the speed of oncoming vehicles. When this occurs, the approaching vehicles cannot stop in time and crash into the right hand side of the left turning vehicle.
In most left hand turn accidents, the driver of the vehicle making the left hand turn will be found at fault for the accident. All Georgia drivers are legally required to yield to oncoming vehicles with the right of way. However, not all cases will have this result. The police officers involved in the investigation and your car accident attorney will closely examine the crash, looking at the damage to both vehicles and other physical evidence to make a determination of fault.
Anyone injured in a left hand turn accident should consult with an attorney, who can examine the facts and circumstances of what happened as well as take the necessary steps to protect your rights. He or she can also assist you in fighting for a recovery for your damages sustained in the crash due to the negligent other driver.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Experienced Georgia Auto Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or other traffic accident, contact the Auto Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our law firm is dedicated to assisting injured accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. We bring over 37 years of experience to your automobile accident case, and look forward to providing you the dedicated and compassionate representation you deserve. The sooner you act after your injury, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 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.