Determining fault in a motor vehicle accident can mean identifying whether one driver was negligent. Negligence is a term that has a specific legal meaning in this context. If a Georgia driver injures another through negligence, the driver could owe compensation to the injured person.
Being struck by a car while walking can lead to serious injuries, even if the car is not driving very fast. Nine out of every 10 passengers die when struck at just 40 miles per hour, and 260 pedestrians in Georgia were killed in 2017, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Georgia residents may not know this, but teens are more dangerous in the first three months of driving with a license than in the last three months of driving with a learner's permit and adult supervision. In fact, newly licensed teen drivers raise their risk for a collision or near-miss by eight times. This was the conclusion of a study conducted by Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes for Health.
Drivers in Georgia are often aware of the dangers of distracted driving. Around half of all respondents in one study said that distraction on the road posed the greatest threat to safety. This is backed up by facts: Thousands of serious car accidents are linked every year to distracted drivers. The problem has grown exponentially since the rise of the smartphone, even though technological factors aren't the only distractions drivers face. Simple acts like eating and drinking, caring for children or pets, or putting on makeup behind the wheel can also pose a distracting threat.