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About 1,000 auto accidents occur on the roads of Georgia every day. On June 11, 2012, a tragic accident on Interstate 95 claimed the life of Keith Dixon, former mayor of Kingsland. His father Sammy Dixon met a similar fate when he was the Kingsland mayor in 1982. Two days later, another man was killed and his wife was airlifted to a hospital after the car they were traveling overturned at Cartersville. On June 8th, police arrested a 31-year-old woman from Loganville for failing to abide by traffic rules and vehicular homicide after a two-car accident involving her resulted in the death of an 80-year-old man. In May 2010, former NFL linebacker Nick Rogers died on the spot when the car he was driving hit a roadside pole in College Park. Supermodel Niki Taylor remained under intensive care after suffering from serious liver damage in a car accident in Atlanta in April 2011. The driver lost control of the vehicle as he was answering a call on his cell phone.
In 2009, about 22 percent of total fatalities are reported from five metropolitan counties around Atlanta. Fulton County accounted for most number of traffic crashes and deaths followed by Dekalb, Gwinnett, Chatham, and Cobb counties.
About 46 percent of Georgia auto accidents in 2009 were due to drivers losing control over their vehicles. These accidents were triggered by over speeding, distractions or use of cell phone during driving, and drunk-driving. Failure to abide by traffic rules and red light jumping led to around 17 percent of all reported accidents. Improper lane change, vehicle failure, road-side objects, and weather conditions also played part in a number of Georgia auto accidents. One in every three accidents in 2009 involved collision between two or more cars.
A victim of car accident in Georgia can seek following types of damages under the state law.
One injured in a traffic accident in Georgia has the option to claim compensation through the following ways:
It is mandatory for drivers in Georgia to wear seat belts.
All front-seat passengers above 18 years must use seat belts. However, those above 18 sitting in the back seat are not required to wear seat belts.
Children above 6 years but less than 17 years must use appropriate seat belts irrespective of their seats.
Children less than 6 year must be fastened to a booster seat or safety seat befitting their age and height.
In June 2011, a Troup County court awarded $4 million to victims injured by a car driven by a 77-year-old man. Another case filed by an Atlanta motorcyclist struck by a car in Gwinnett County resulted in $250,000 for the plaintiff. In 2010, a jury awarded $14 million to a family of two boys killed in an accident caused by drunk driving. A 47-year-old man won $125,000 in compensation for severe knee and back injuries he had received in a four-car accident.
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