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Pedestrian deaths have been increasing nationwide, and drivers and pedestrians need to be aware of the significant risk on the roads. As the summer weather approaches, understanding the dangers of pedestrian accidents becomes even more important as there are likely to be more people walking during the warm weather months. atlanta pedestrian accidents

When pedestrians are injured or killed in collisions, the pedestrian or his surviving family members should pursue a damage claim if they can prove the driver was at fault. With the help of an Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyer, a driver can be made to pay for all damages caused by the pedestrian collision.

Rising Risk of Pedestrian Accidents in Atlanta

A recent study published by FSU shows there are attentional costs simply for receiving notification of a text message or an incoming telephone call, even when you do not take the call. When a phone vibrates or a quiet sound goes off, this can impair your focus on the road and have a significant adverse impact on driving safety. v3-white-1544058

The new study is troubling, because so many people drive with their phones even despite knowing the risks.  When a motor vehicle accident occurs because a driver has become distracted by a cell phone, an Atlanta car accident lawyer should be consulted for assistance in pursing a claim for injury compensation.

Kids Model the Behavior of Parents When It Comes to Atlanta Distracted Driving Crashes

After a motor vehicle collision, the insurer for the driver who caused the crash should be responsible for making crash victims whole. This means paying for property damage caused by the collision as well as paying for economic and non-financial damages the accident has caused.  Unfortunately, many insurance companies are reluctant to pay what is due.  This is true not just for big claims, but even when relatively small amounts of money are at stake. money-man-1-590974-m

Getting the money you need is important so you can get a new car, repair your vehicle, and respond appropriately to treat all injuries and losses. The more serious your injuries and the more extensive your damages, the more important it is for you to have an Atlanta car accident attorney to help you stand up to the insurance companies and fight for what you are due.

Car Insurers May Fight to Avoid Paying Out Fair Value of Atlanta Car Crash Claims

Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident attorneys saw a news report about a tractor trailer crash on I-20 this week that injured two people. A FedEx tandem-trailer truck rear ended a converted school bus while the bus drove slowly in the right lane. A Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman wrote, “After impact, both vehicles traveled off the right shoulder of the roadway and overturned.file481287608833 (1) At some point after the crash, both vehicles caught on fire.” The truck driver, who sustained critical injuries, was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where he was taken to the burn unit upon arrival. The bus driver was taken to Tanner Medical Center in Villa Rica. Police closed the westbound lanes of I-20 for about three hours due to the crash and resulting fire.

This week’s crash was just one example of many dangerous accidents involving large trucks on the road. Earlier this month, a tractor trailer rear-ended a mail truck while the mail truck made deliveries in a residential area. The mail truck overturned before stopping upside down in a resident’s front yard. The impact caused mail to scatter across the yard. The driver of the mail truck became stuck underneath her vehicle, and Gordon County firefighters were forced to remove her from the car. According to a Georgia State Patrol Trooper, she was in stable condition when a Gordon County EMS ambulance took her to Floyd Medical Center. A gas leak also occurred as a result of the crash. The tractor trailer driver faces a charge of following too closely.

Luckily, neither crash caused any fatalities, but the fire and gas leaks still caused real damage. These accidents have the potential to be enormously dangerous or even fatal. Extra caution must be taken when driving, or when driving near, large vehicles such as tractor trailers.

Our Atlanta car accident attorneys noticed a scary story in the news this week about a 12-year-old boy on a skateboard who was hit by a car.

On Monday evening the 12-year-old, his brother, and friends were fooling around. The boy was on a skateboard on his stomach, with the others pushing him near the Pebble Point subdivision in Loganville. Then, as Loganville police Lt. John Fain said,  “The vehicle was passing them and somehow he was run over.” The boy was flown to the hospital by Life Flight from Bay Creek Elementary School. His condition is unclear, but police expected him to live.

Lt. Fain called it a “freak accident” and said the driver did not intend to hit the boy, but the incident is still under investigation. The accident prompted those concerned in the neighborhood to initiate a discussion about pedestrian and driver safety in their area though – a healthy dialogue for any community. One concerned neighbor, Daisy Duck, said the accident did not surprise her and that “The kids play in the street and the cars fly by.”  Another concerned neighbor said, “I live on Pebble Point and people speed down the road as if there were a fire to get to!  I wouldn’t ever bought a house on Pebble Point if I knew the cops could not pull you over for speeding. Speed bumps should be put on the street so our kids can play outside safely!” A third called for a safety inspection by the civil engineering department of the city.

Last week, our Atlanta truck accident lawyers saw another tragic story of a critically injured Georgian after a car vs. tractor trailer accident. In most cases it is the person in the personal car that is injured, as the large tractor trailers can be so much more dangerous on the road to smaller vehicles. This proved the case again in the accident that occurred last Wednesday on Georgia Highway 16 near Senoia.

Lynda Adcot, a 67-year-old woman from Senoia, was turning left in her Chevy Cobalt when she crossed the path of a tractor trailer in the westbound passing lane when her car was smashed by the tractor trailer. The truck, referred to by Senioa Police Major Steve Tomlin as “a commercial tractor trailer truck”, was being driven by 50-year-old Jeffrey Williams of Smyrna. The Cobalt was so mangled it took nine rescuers to get Ms. Adcot out. It took them about 15 minutes for the rescuers from the Coweta County Fire Department to get her out of the wrecked car and then she was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center in critical condition. The next day she was still in critical condition.  Police say the investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Whether or not Mr. Williams can be held criminally liable from the police investigation, unknown at the moment, in cases like this it is still possible to have a civil case to get compensation for the victim. Not only is it possible the truck driver could be liable, but also possibly the trucking company and/or the insurance company. For example, the trucking company may have policies in place that contribute to negligent driving behavior. Also laws require that trucking companies have a much larger insurance policy than passenger vehicles. And unlike in other types of vehicle accidents, in commercial trucking accidents the insurance company can be sued directly by the injured victim thanks to Georgia’s Direct Action Statute. This can help victims because often juries are more willing to give compensation from an insurance company than from a person or company.There is also the issue of many trucks coming from out of state, and thus a civil claim might be in a federal court, rather than a Georgia state court.

Last week, one bad driver following too closely to other cars caused a car accident. Our Atlanta car accident attorneys noticed the story and found it to be a cautionary tale about tailgating and other dangerous driving behaviors.

During evening rush hour on April 11, three cars were headed northbound on GA 400, two in the left lane and one in the right. The evening traffic forced all of the cars to slow down, but the behind car in the left lane had been following too closely the car in front of it. That car rear ended the car in front of it, pushing that car into the right lane and hitting the third car. The first two vehicles ended up in the median barrier before coming to a stop. The result was a three-vehicle accident during rush hour because of tailgating, showing how serious a problem these bad driving habits remain.

And they can cause injuries too. The tailgating driver in the car that started it all, 23-year-old Emily Thomas of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was driving a 2004 Acura Integra and was taken to North Fulton Hospital with injuries. Three others involved in the accident Ms. Thomas caused were also injured. Three members of the Moore family, Goodman, 65, and his wife, Nancy, 66, from Gainesville, as well as 39-year-old Connie from Dahlonega were also injured in their 2010 Ford Fusion. The person in the third car, a 2008 Mazda 3, 23-year-old Mallory Walden from Soperton, was fortunately not injured.

Teens and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is an incredibly dangerous combination. Our Atlanta vehicle accident attorneys  know that inexperienced teenage drivers and drunk drivers, separately, both constitute dangers on highway but are also all too often combined.

Usually most people think of drunk driving accidents as involving cars, and that is most often the case. But there was a news story this week about a teen involved in a DUI while driving a motorcycle. Claire Bruce Thomas, a 17-year-old from Canton was driving southbound on Lower Bethany Road near Hornage Road in Cherokee County last Friday evening at around 8:30 or 9 pm when he swerved into oncoming traffic as he tried to round a curve in the road. Thomas hit a Chrysler Town & Country on the front driver’s side, driven by a 68-year-old woman from Ball Ground, injuring the driver but not severely enough that she had to go to the hospital by ambulance. She was treated at North Cherokee. Thomas himself had to be airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center hospital. And Georgia State Patrol allege that Thomas was under the influence when the accident occurred. He has been charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions, and driving in violation of license restrictions.

The National Highway and Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that for 2008, the most recent year with data, the highest percentage of driver fatalities when the blood alcohol level was above the legal limit was for motorcycle riders. Motorcycles already have higher fatality rates than cars and other vehicles, so it makes sense that DUI fatalities are also the highest. In Georgia, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety showed that 28 percent of Georgia accidents were alcohol related. At the same time, young drivers (those under the age of 20) accounted for 8.5 percent of Georgia drivers, but 12.8 percent of those involved in road accidents in Georgia. These statistics show the deadly combination of factors that happened with 17-year-old Mr. Thomas, who is lucky that there were no fatalities, including his own, in the accident he caused with his impaired driving. Vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the US. The CDC states that in the country, seven teenagers die each day this way, which is about 2,700 teens per year.  And another 282,000 teenagers are treated for injuries related to vehicle accidents. The problem of teenage drunk driving needs to continue to be addressed and those responsible held accountable if these statistics are to improve.

Drivers trying to evade the law can be especially dangerous, as the adrenaline and irrationality, caused by fear of getting caught, causes them to take even more risks than they might have taken otherwise. Our Atlanta car accident attorneys know this is absolutely no excuse for causing accidents and hurting others while trying to get away from the police. But it is still a type of vehicle accident that happens all too frequently.

This is exactly what happened late last week with 20-year-old James Logan Moran, according to news reports. Moran’s Honda Civic was traveling westbound on Dothan Road when a police officer from the Decatur County Sherriff’s Department, Captain Pat Trolinger, clocked him at 75 miles per hour, which is 30MPH over the speed limit in that area. The police officer, naturally, turned on the flashing lights and sirens of his patrol car, but lost sight of Moran’s car in the evening rush hour traffic. Moran kept speeding, swerving around cars, and ran a red light at the intersecting corner of  Dothan Road and Newton Road. He then smashed into a Pontiac Grand Prix as the other car tried to turn into a parking lot. The driver of the Grand Prix was taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance to treat his minor injuries. But even after hitting the other car, Moran kept driving in the parking lot until multiple cars from the Sheriff’s office finally cornered him, after the car chase and crash.

Moran was arrested and a search of his Honda Civil uncovered a bag of what appeared to be marijuana. Moran claimed he was speeding away from the cop car at such speed and with such reckless determination because he was driving with a suspended driver’s license and was afraid of getting caught. In the end, he was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, speeding, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while license withdrawn, and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

This past week, there was news of a tragic accident involving a car and train in Gwinnett County. Our Atlanta car accident attorneys know that, although not often discussed, these types of accidents are very dangerous and often fatal.

On Tuesday, a 2003 Ford F150 was traveling south on Buford Highway while a 2003 Chevrolet Astrovan was traveling north on the same road. The Chevy attempted a left turn onto Amwiler Road but failed to yield, turning in front of the Ford. The two cars crashed into each other.  Unfortunately, this accident happened right next to a railroad line, and the Ford came to an uncontrolled stop right on the railroad tracks. Tony Lungaro, a 51-year-old from Lawrenceville, got out of the Ford and was possibly trying to help the Ford’s driver, Lorenzo Wilkerson. But a train hit Mr. Lungaro, killing him instantly. From the train crash, the Ford was on fire when emergency responders arrived, said Gwinnett police spokesman Jake Smith. Mr. Wilkerson was extracted from the Ford and taken to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition. The driver of the Chevy, Severin Gluschak, also sustained minor injuries from the original car crash.  The car accident is still under investigation. traintracks

This week’s crash is not the only accident involving trains in Georgia recently. The week before this fatal accident, a North Georgia woman was also killed when her car veered off the road and down an embankment, landing on top of train tracks in Chatsworth. The car was trapped between the train and the embankment, killing the 58-year-old woman. In February a man, this time a pedestrian, was killed by a train in the same area as this week’s car accident on Buford Highway.  The conductor saw the man walking along the tracks and blew the train’s horn, but the man did not respond. Officer Smith told reporters [about that incident] that they did not know whether it was intentional or not and speculated that the man, described as being in his 30s or 40s, might have had headphones in and did not hear the train’s horn.