Unsafe Intersections Can Lead to Car Accidents
A tragic auto accident1 occurred in a town near to Atlanta on September 16, 2015, that left a high school mourning the loss of two of their classmates. Four teenagers were in a Nissan when the driver attempted a left turn in front of a squad car for the Georgia State Patrol (GSP). The state trooper crashed into the Nissan, ejecting a 17-year-old backseat passenger and causing her fatal injuries. Another 16-year-old backseat passenger also died from her injuries in the collision. The state trooper was hospitalized for injuries but has since been released.
Authorities have not issued charges against any party in the collision. They state they are unsure whether the state trooper was driving too fast or whether the teenage driver of the Nissan simply made an unsafe turn. Neighbors in the area blame the intersection for the accident as they claim numerous collisions have occurred at those cross streets in recent times. Neighbors have been advocating for a traffic light to avoid further collisions.
A city has the legal duty to design roadways in a safe manner and that includes providing proper warnings about intersections and installing appropriate traffic signals. If a city fails to safely design or maintain a roadway and the hazardous road leads to an accident, victims may be entitled to compensation from the responsible municipality. Anyone who believes that a dangerous road or highway caused their car crash should discuss their situation with an attorney who has experience handling car cases against the government. These cases have unique procedures and deadlines, so it is important to have a skilled lawyer handling your case.
Read more here about car accidents and what family members need to know about being compensated for their loss.