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Atlanta Personal Injury Law Blog

What are common causes and dangers of being a distracted driver?

There are enough dangers on the roads in Fulton County without having to worry about someone not paying full attention to what they're doing when operating a motor vehicle. Even with the known prevalence and dangers of being a distracted driver, there are still drivers on the road who don't realize their actions are putting others at risk. Many believe they can multitask, handling driving and other activities, and do so safely. Statistics and research indicate that they are wrong.

Unbeknownst to many drivers, being a distracted or negligent driver can actually be more dangerous to themselves, their passengers and other people on the road than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Although they don't believe they're breaking the law in a malicious way, being a distracted driver can cause a car accident just like being drunk. Some ways people become distracted include texting and driving, talking on a cellphone, caring for a child or watching a movie on a mobile device. Still, many are under the impression that doing several things at once while driving isn't a significant risk.

The importance of legal help after a car accident

For people in Fulton County who are in a car accident, there are many issues that will automatically come to the forefront right after it happens. While most people are conscientious drivers and adhere to the rules of the road, there will always be the risk of a crash. It could be due to a myriad of factors from recklessness, to drivers operating their vehicles under the influence, to negligence, to vehicles that were not properly maintained or something innocuous like the weather. Regardless of the cause, it's the effect that is the main concern.

If people have suffered injuries in the car collision, there is the possibility that medical expenses will accumulate rapidly. There might be the need for long-term care. A person who was hurt might have injuries that are so severe they might not be able to return to work in a timely fashion, if at all. In a worst-case scenario, there will be a fatality in a car accident. This can have consequences far worse than injuries. A family might be left without the primary income-earner in the household or a stay-at-home parent. The person who died might have been a young person or a beloved elderly relative. Those who have been affected need to be aware of what to do in the immediate aftermath.

Nursing home staff caught abusing elderly Alzheimer's patient

When a person in Fulton County or anywhere across the country places a loved one in a nursing facility for the care that cannot be provided at home, there's an expectation that the medical professionals will provide adequate care. There are times when the care is not up to expectations and this must be dealt with. Even worse, though, is if the nursing home staff goes further than not giving standard medical care and commits acts of nursing home abuse. When this happens, those whose loved ones were subjected to it need to know what to do next.

Recently, a 76-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer's was the victim of abuse at the hands of two nursing assistants who were supposed to be caring for him. The incidents of abuse were caught on camera after the man's son saw bruises on his father and became suspicious. He placed a video camera in the room to see what was happening when he wasn't there. The video showed the two nurses aides committing various acts of abuse including threats, pantomimed punches, slaps, and all-around rough treatment. The employees were arrested and face charges for their actions.

Alleged stolen car kills woman in Fulton County fatal car crash

A fatal car crash can happen at any time in Fulton County and is a danger whenever a person heads out onto the road. These accidents can be due to numerous circumstances, including reckelessness. The loss of a loved one is a life-changing event that can have drastic consequences for a family. When there is an accident and a fatal injury, it's important to know what to do in the immediate aftermath.

A 29-year-old woman was killed when a stolen vehicle being driven by a 15-year-old trying to avoid police crashed into the car she was in. The woman was riding as a passenger in a Ford Mustang when the fatal car crash occurred. Police were pursuing the stolen car, a Dodge Neon, when the fleeing driver went through a red light and hit the Mustang. A third vehicle was also involved in the crash. Five people in total were hospitalized. The driver will face numerous charges and be tried as an adult.

What are the statistics for accidents due to texting and driving?

The use of smartphones is a part of contemporary society in Fulton County and across the country. Everyone is dialed in 24 hours a day and their busy schedules make it necessary to be in constant contact with friends and associates. This has led to a relatively new danger on the road causing an increasing number of crashes - texting and driving. The statistics regarding texting and driving and it causing a car accident are astounding and frightening at the same time. Injuries and fatalities are happening as a result of it.

Statistics show that in 2011, 23 percent of motor vehicle crashes were due to a distracted driver using a cellphone while behind the wheel. The actual number is 1.3 million. People might not realize the amount of time it takes to look at a text message on their phone and how it can lead to a dangerous situation, but the minimum amount of time a person will be looking away from the road to see their phone is five seconds. When traveling at 55 miles per hour, a driver can travel the length of a football field before looking at the road again.

Man dies from heat after being left outside at nursing home

When people in Fulton County make the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing facility, there is an expectation that the staff will adhere to a reasonable standard of care. Of course, in a best case scenario, the care will exceed minimum expectations, and the elderly or ill will be treated as if they themselves were the loved one of the nursing home staff. However, it's an unfortunate reality that nursing home neglect occurs, and it's important to know what to do when it does happen.

An allegation of nursing home negligence has been lodged against a facility after an elderly patient died. He had been left out in the sun during a very hot day for hours. The man, age 90, had a sunburn, and his temperature had risen to 105 degrees. One nurse had checked on him and left him outside in spite of the heat. The three nurses who had been responsible for the man's care were dismissed. The nursing home has been fined in the past for negligence and abuse.

Fatal accident claims life of motorcyclist

Drivers of conventional vehicles and motorcyclists must make a concerted effort to share the road in Fulton County. While the majority operate their vehicles within the law and safely, there are times in which an accident is unavoidable. With motorcycle accidents, the natural state of a rider places him or her in jeopardy. There's little protection available in the event of an accident which can easily escalate its severity leading into a fatal accident.

Police were called at approximately to investigate a two-vehicle accident. A Nissan Altima was on the eastbound side of the roadway when the driver tried to turn. It subsequently crashed into a motorcycle that was heading south. The 41-year-old male motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other injuries. The investigation into the fatal accident is ongoing.

Medical professional negligence can affect Fulton County patients

When a person or a person's loved one requires a surgical procedure in Fulton County, the procedure itself and the issue it's designed to correct are usually the main focus. However, there are other factors that must be considered when a surgical procedure is planned and underway. The number of people who are negatively affected by medical professional negligence is high and can lead to injury, death and significantly higher medical expenses. These mistakes happen frequently and wind up costing massive amounts in insurance and liability payments as well as harming patients.

Some of the mistakes that are made include wrong-site surgery and the surgical error of leaving a piece of equipment inside a patient after the surgery has been completed. In the years 1990 to 2010, there were almost 10,000 of these incidents and others. The amount that it cost to compensate people who were injured by these errors totaled $1.3 billion. The numbers are believed to be higher because 90 percent of those who were subject to these mistakes didn't receive indemnity payments. The number of mistakes each week is believed to come close to 80.

Truck making U-turn causes fatal motorcycle accident

Motorcycles and trucks in Fulton County must share the road to ensure the safety of both. Of course, that is the ideal. It does not always come to pass that way. With motorcycle accidents, there is a significant chance of major injuries and death because of the vulnerability of the rider. In some instances, these accidents happen because a driver is committing negligence and failing to obey the rules of the road.

An accident between a motorcycle and a truck led to the death of the motorcyclist. The truck driver is now facing charges for second degree vehicular homicide. The accident happened at approximately 9 a.m. as the truck driver was heading south in the far right lane of the road. He attempted to make a U-turn and went into the path of a 46-year-old motorcyclist who was also heading south. In trying to stop, the motorcyclist skidded for more than 160 feet before crashing into the truck. He was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead later that day.

Legal help in pursuing compensation for medical malpractice

When a person goes to a doctor in Fulton County with a health issue or simply to receive a checkup, one of the last things they're expecting is to be a victim of medical malpractice. A doctor or medical professional's error can take many different forms, from a mistaken diagnosis to a failure to diagnose. Either can result in a worsened medical condition by placing a patient in a position where he or she is receiving treatment that they didn't need or didn't get the medication or care that could have cleared up the issue.

No one believes that a doctor is making an error purposely, but they do happen through negligence or an inadvertent mistake. Medical expenses can be accrued and rise exponentially due to such medical malpractice. Having a medical condition that forces a person to visit a doctor and being told that it's nothing serious is a relief. If, however, the problem doesn't go away and it's later discovered that the condition was actually something that had to be taken care of, the mistake could lead to long-term damage or a fatality.