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Throughout Atlanta, drivers are at risk of becoming involved in a motor vehicle accident as a result of being distracted by their smart phones or other electronic devices. This April, during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a new product was released that is likely to make the risks of distracted driving accidents exponentially worse: that product was the Apple smart watch. worker-adjusts-watch-1365362-m

While Georgia has laws in place to restrict the use of electronic devices in an effort to prevent distracted driving, it is not 100 percent clear what impact existing laws are going to have on motorists who purchase and wear the Apple watch.  Motorists who do choose to wear this watch and who are distracted by it can be held accountable if they cause a crash due to their unsafe behavior. An Atlanta distracted driving accident lawyer should be consulted to provide assistance to victims of accidents caused by a driver distracted by a smart watch.

Smart Watches Are Going to be Dangerous for Drivers

Pedestrians remain at significant risk of injury or fatalities in Atlanta car accidents. The Governors’ Highway Safety Association recently released a troubling new report indicating that the death rate of pedestrians remained almost unchanged nationwide in 2014 as compared with 2013. While the report is based on preliminary data, it is still bad news for pedestrians considering there were significantly more walkers killed on the roads in 2013 than there were just a few years ago. pedestrian-crossing-box-1193996-m

Pedestrians are at risk for a lot of reasons, including the fact that most roads are still designed primarily for the convenience of drivers. Efforts to make roads more pedestrian and bike friendly are underway, but there is still a need for significant improvement. Continue Reading

Our Atlanta car accident attorneys read about the tragic story of the death of 12 year old Symia Knight last week from a car crash.

Last Friday, a crash happened at the corner of Donald Lee Holloway Parkway and Fulton Industrial Boulevard at about 7 a.m.  It involved a white pickup truck, driven by Robert Culver, which tried to turn left and hit the rear side of a Chevrolet car.  The impact caused the car to spin into a vacant parking lot and came to rest in the grass near the intersection.  Young Symia Knight was a passenger sitting in the back seat of that car, and she was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital but she later died of her injuries.  She was with her mother, sister and brother on their way to McDonalds before being dropped off at school, since they were ahead of schedule that morning.  Her brother Calvin Knight said Symia was right next to him when she was fatally wounded.

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Police say that Mr. Culver saw that the intersection light was green, but he was still at fault for the accident.  Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said, “He did not allow her to clear the intersection before he made the turn.”  Jones also said police have a particularly hard time with crashes involving children, saying, “It is difficult.  I mean, I worked in that unit for 17 years, and it is difficult. I mean, I’m getting emotional right now. It is difficult to have a child of any age.”  Robert Culver was charged with misdemeanor second-degree vehicular homicide and failure to yield.

Our Atlanta product liability attorneys saw a news story this week about a defective product case and the family of an immigrant from Bhutan who won their civil suit against tire company Michelin.

In 2011, a large van was carrying 14 people to work at a chicken processing plant, Perdue Farms in Perry, on I-75 near Macon, Georgia.  All the passengers and the driver were part of an immigrant community from Bhutan and lived in Clarkson.  On their way to work, the rear tire of the van blew out suddenly, causing the van to smash into a median guardrail and flip over.  Because of that accident, two people were killed and 12 were injured.  One of those killed was Kharka Chhetri, a 50 year old immigrant.  Chhetri’s family sued Michelin North America, the maker of the blown out tire, as well as the van’s driver, Bhim Bhista.  Against Michelin, the lawsuit claimed that the company knew about a design defect in the tires and that the company did nothing about the defect.  The family said they included Bhista in the lawsuit because in lawsuits like this the company often tries to blame the driver, or the driver might be partly at fault.

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This week, a jury in DeKalb County found in favor of Chhetri’s family.  It was determined that Michelin was 80 percent at fault and the driver, Bhista, was 20 percent at fault.  Chhetri’s widow was awarded $5 million for her husband’s wrongful death, and the family also got $20,000 to pay for his funeral expenses.  In addition, the jury awarded $11.5 million in punitive damages against Michelin.

Our Personal Injury Attorneys feel for the family of a teenage mother and her little daughter who died tragically in a car accident last week.  The mother and grandmother of the pair also went through the unimaginable horror of watching and not being able to do anything to save her family.

Gabriella Faiz, a 17 year old high school student and mother of almost two year old Jada, was driving her car, a Honda, which had just been repaired earlier that day, to do some errands last Thursday at around 9:30pm.  Gabriella was a senior at Lithia Springs High School and Jada would have turned two years old this week.  The car stalled in the right lane of I-285 near Ga. 400 in Sandy Springs, according to news reports.   Gabriella’s mother, Al-Quiyamah Faiz, was in the car behind her and Gabriella called to tell her mother the car was having problems and to go around her.  Her mom passed, called back, was told their car had stopped and turned around.  Just minutes after Gabriella told her mother to go around, two cars slammed into her stalled car.  Some news sources state that a tractor trailer was involved in this crash, as well. By the time Ms. Faiz got off the highway and came back, looking for their car, she saw orange flames, which had engulfed the Honda just minutes after being hit.  Police officers called to the scene tried to rescue the two girls but could not. Ms. Faiz said, “A fireman had to tell me that was my child’s car and that they were no longer with me.”  A grieving Ms. Faiz told reporters by phone, “I watched my daughter and granddaughter burn in the middle of the night.”

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One other person in one of the cars that hit Gabriella’s was also injured, but not severely.  Police are investigating the crash and deciding whether to press charges against the drivers that smashed into Gabriella’s car. Sandy Springs Police Captain Keith Zgonc said the decision would be made sometime this week.  The accident was so horrific that Sandy Springs police shut down I-285 again on Sunday morning in the same location to try to reconstruct this fatal crash.  The reconstruction lasted several hours and was to help police and investigators better understand what happened.  They believe when the car stalled, it was first struck from behind by another vehicle.

A year ago, in July 2012, a fatal three car crash occurred in Atlanta, and allegedly involved a recent police academy graduate, according to news reports.  Our Atlanta car accident attorneys are interested to see how this story will develop after one woman involved who was injured in the accident has sued the City of Atlanta over her injuries, and the family of a deceased victim also sued.

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In southwest Atlanta on July 21 last year, Officer Joshua Sieck, 31 years old, was traveling westbound on Cascade Road in Fulton County, when he ran a red light and hit Jacqueline Culp’s BMW as it drove southbound on Fairburn Road.  The impact pushed Ms. Culp’s car into the path of a car driven by Kenyatta White.  Ms. Culp, who was 59 years old at the time, died of her injuries from the crash soon after at Atlanta Medical Center, and Ms. White suffered lower back and cervical injuries.  Both Officer Sieck and Ms. Culp had to be extricated from their vehicles by emergency workers.  Ms. White told investigators at the time that she saw Officer Sieck driving too fast but that she remembered few other details.  “I saw the lights across the street and I looked over and the next thing I knew, there was the accident.  It just happened so fast,” she told reporters.  Officer Sieck himself was charged with criminal second degree vehicular homicide, which is a misdemeanor, for the accident.  In March 2013 the Culp family sued the city over Ms. Culp’s death.  By May, Ms. White also filed a lawsuit against the city.

Ms. White’s lawsuit claims that Officer Sieck was negligent, and because he was employed by the city, the lawsuit was filed against the employer.  The lawsuit claims that Officer Sieck was acting within the scope of his duties as a city employee at the time of the accident that lead to Ms. White’s injuries.  At the time, Officer Sieck was responding to a suicide call, but half an hour before it had been downgraded.