If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, the circumstances of that fatal event could determine whether the individual considered at fault for the accident faces criminal charges. If the responsible driver had consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel, failed to obey traffic laws or took part in other unlawful actions that led to the death, criminal charges often occur. You may feel some sense of vindication if authorities charge the at-fault driver.
Georgian boaters such as yourself enjoy being out on the water for sport or leisure. However, boats can be as dangerous as any other motor operated vehicle. This means boating accidents also have the potential of being severe, or even life threatening. How can you minimize these possible risks?
When people in Atlanta lose a family member, it can be a difficult time. However, when the life is lost to the negligent act of another person, family members are often left with many unanswered questions. These questions can include what happened, why did it happen and what do they do now? While some of these questions may find answers through careful investigation, often, some answers are never known and the family members are left behind to pick up the pieces as best as they can.
In 2012, the number of commercial drivers who had at least one prior speeding conviction before being involved in a fatal truck accident was close to 18 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that the majority of fatalities in large truck crashes in Georgia and across U.S. roadways are people in passenger vehicles. A collision with a much larger and heavier truck would be damaging to an automobile at any speed. When a truck exceeds the speed limit or drives too fast for current road conditions, the danger is increased exponentially.
At Garland, Samuel & Loeb PC, we understand that a collision with a large commercial vehicle can happen in the blink of an eye, and can permanently change your life and the lives of your loved ones. The number of large commercial vehicles that played a role in injury crashes on roads in Georgia and throughout the country rose to 77,000 in 2012, up from 63,000 in 2011, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association. Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association states that large truck crashes in Georgia accounted for 4.0 percent of commercial vehicles involved in deadly accidents in the U.S. in 2013.
Fatigue and distracted driving are top causes for truck crashes
Fatal drunk driving accidents traumatize entire families and communities. Not only is every single DUI accident entirely preventable, but various parties often have the opportunity to intervene before an intoxicated person gets behind the wheel of a car. Georgia state legislation recognizes the role that some business owners and proprietors play in fatal drunk driving collisions, and allows for wrongful death claimants to pursue dram shop liability allegations in some cases.
Losing a loved one is never easy, especially when it happens under negligent circumstances. At Garland, Samuel & Loeb, P.C., we know the stress and frustration you may be experiencing on top of your grief. Through looking into your legal recourse, you may be able to at least find financial relief.
Sadly, many cases both in Atlanta and throughout the rest of the U.S. are literal examples of people’s jobs being the death of them. According to information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013 saw a rate of 3.2 work-related deaths among every 100,000 full-time employees in America. These deaths not only represent an enormous emotional loss to victims’ families, but a significant financial one, as well. The expenses related to death coupled with the loss of one’s income can leave families facing serious financial troubles.
The sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles makes them extremely dangerous. That is why truck drivers are required to undergo extra training and maintain license credentials. Unfortunately, however, there are instances where a lack of proper training, supervision, or oversight results in serious accidents. While details concerning the incident had yet to be provided to the public, a recent fatal accident involving a Georgia resident serves as a sobering reminder that commercial trucks can pose a real threat to the public.