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Early Morning Gwinnett Wrong-Way Accident Leaves One Atlanta Man Fatally Injured

February 10, 2017

January has already seen a tragic start for many who have been injured in recent auto accidents as well as the families of those who have lost their lives in recent auto accidents. An Atlanta family is mourning the loss of a 44-year-old man who suffered fatal injuries following a wrong-way accident that took place on I-85 near Jimmy Carter Boulevard in the early morning hours on a January Monday. A surviving passenger to this man's vehicle suffered a broken arm and perforated bowel.

This accident occurred when a 23-year-old New York man struck another car head-on while driving the wrong way on I-85, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The 23-year-old man was taken to Gwinnett County Jail after being treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital. The driver was charged with driving under the influence (DUI), vehicular homicide, reckless driving, serious injury by vehicle, and driving on the wrong side of the road. To say that this accident is a tragedy is an understatement. Innocent life has been lost, and another person has suffered significant injuries.

What Options Are Available to the Victims of this Accident?

When an auto accident involves criminal conduct, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the situation can become more complicated than a typical car accident case. However, regardless of whether criminal conduct played a role in the accident, the surviving passenger and the family members of the deceased man still may have the ability to seek legal action against the drunk driver who presumably caused the accident.

As such, seeking the advice of a legal professional is crucial if these victims wish to pursue action against the responsible driver. One very important thing to keep in mind is that Georgia (like most states) has time limits on how much time a person has to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. This is something that many people may never know unless they find themselves in a situation where they have suffered personal injuries that may have been caused by another person's actions.

Why You Should Act Quickly

In addition to having laws that limit how long someone has to file a lawsuit, there are other reasons why victims of car accidents should act quickly to discuss the situation with an attorney. First, facts are fresh in a person's mind shortly following an accident. The longer an injured individual waits (or the family of a lost loved one wait), the more difficult it may be to remember specific facts. Second, it is important to act fast because you will need to determine right away if the responsible driver had car insurance at the time the accident occurred. This can become a very important factor in any car accident case. Therefore, the sooner you act once you believe you have a potential lawsuit, the better prepared both you  will be moving forward.

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

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries resulting from an auto accident, it is important to consider discussing the accident with a qualified Georgia Personal Injury and Auto Accident Attorney right away, as time is of the essence. With more than 39 years of experience, Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has the necessary skill, dedication, and resources to reach injured individuals from all over Georgia.

Our Georgia Personal Injury and Auto Accident Attorneys have seen just how tragic catastrophic injuries can be. If you would like to learn more about how we may be able to help, 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 to complete a Free Case Evaluation Form, and you may also participate in a 24-hour Live Online Chat.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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