Traffic fatalities are a horrifyingly common occurrence in the United States. In 2009, the last year where statistics are available, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 30,797 total traffic deaths across the country. Although this is the lowest mark since 1950, motorists must still remain vigilant employing every defensive measure possible to avoid becoming one of these statistics whenever taking to the road.
What Human Factors Cause Fatal Auto Accidents?
A variety of factors can contribute to a serious motor vehicle accident. Sometimes, these factors are beyond a driver's control. Other times, however, driver negligence is to blame. Typically, driver negligence can include behavior such as:
- Driving while texting, talking on a cell phone, or using another electronic device behind the wheel
- Driving while intoxicated
- Failing to stay alert to road conditions
If a driver's negligence causes a fatal accident, he may be responsible not only for property damage, but also for the deaths and injuries his actions caused.
What Damages Are Available?
In the event that someone dies because of the negligence of another, Georgia law allows his close relatives - typically the decedent's spouse, child or parents - to bring a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. If successful, the decedent's relatives may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages.
An injured party may bring a negligence suit against the responsible driver under Georgia law. If he successfully proves his case, he may be able to recover money for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering, in addition to costs for property damage.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident caused by another driver's negligence, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can assess your case and help you get the compensation you deserve. For more information, contact an attorney today.