Atlanta Single-Vehicle Accident Leaves Driver With Catastrophic Injuries and Passenger Child Unharmed


February 07, 2017

A 49-year-old man is tragically on life support after suffering catastrophic head injuries following a recent single-vehicle accident on I-75. According to the local news report, the man was ejected from the vehicle when he slammed into the highway's median and flipped over onto the exit ramp from northbound I-75 to Langford Parkway. There was a four-year-old child in the vehicle at the time of the accident, but luckily the child survived the accident unharmed. Numerous variables likely played a role in this accident, and the outcome could have been much worse for the innocent young child.

What Caused This Single-Vehicle Accident?

An investigation is still underway to determine the cause(s) of this single-vehicle accident that left the driver with catastrophic head injuries. An early investigation determined the following:

• Beer was in the vehicle at the time of the accident;
• The driver had marijuana in his pocket at the time of the accident;
• The accident occurred in the early morning hours of a Saturday;
• No other vehicles or people were involved in the accident; and
• The four-year-old child was not in a car seat and not properly restrained.

It is unclear whether the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident. If so, being under the influence is one potential cause of this accident or at least a contributing factor. It is also equally possible that the driver fell asleep at the wheel or was otherwise distracted. Regardless of what factors contributed to this accident, it is a blessing that the four-year-old child survived the accident without suffering any serious injuries or death. The child's mother picked her child up from a nearby hospital. It is unknown what the relationship was between the 49-year-old driver and the four-year-old child.

Could This Accident Have Been Prevented?

Because the investigation into this single-vehicle accident is still ongoing, it is too early to determine if this accident could have been prevented. However, the fact remains that the four-year-old child was not in a car seat and not properly restrained in the vehicle, placing the child at risk of suffering serious injuries or death. 

The worst-case scenario for this type of accident could have been severe injuries or death to the child. The child could have been left with permanent and debilitating injuries that require lifelong care, such as head trauma, spinal cord damage or paralysis, or other serious injuries. Regardless of whether this accident was preventable, significant risk to the child could have been prevented if the child was properly restrained in a car seat. For those children who are not as lucky as this four-year-old child, they may experience the physical, mental and financial strain that catastrophic personal injuries have on both an injured child and his or her family.

Contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

If you have suffered injuries or a lost a loved one after being involved in a car accident, you should consider discussing your situation with a Georgia Car Accident Attorney right away, as time may be limited to file a claim. With more than thirty years of experience, Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, continues to provide legal representation to clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries from a variety of accidents. Our Georgia Car Accident Attorneys fight for the rights of their clients to the fullest extent possible. If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys, contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law today by calling (800) LAW-NEED (529-6333) to schedule your free consultation. You may also visit us online at www.montlick.com to complete a Free Case Evaluation Form, and you may also participate in a 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Source: http://www.ajc.com/news/local/driver-left-with-catastrophic-head-injury-after-crash/MeXmuszqoxA0XMnsUzph6N/

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