A winter storm paralyzed the Atlanta, Georgia, metropolitan area on Tuesday, leading to countless accidents and interminably long commutes for those who avoided the crashes. According to a story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by late Tuesday night police had investigated 940 auto accidents, resulting in one death and 104 injuries. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for the entire state on Tuesday afternoon, while Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed urged motorists to stay off the roads as much as possible.
The rare snowstorm in the South highlights how even a small amount of snow can devastate a region that is not accustomed to dealing with any of it. Only a few inches of snow fell in metro Atlanta, but the slushy mess that accumulated on the roads and highways was enough to bring rush-hour traffic to a halt. Government workers spent late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning trying to unclog the gridlock on the roads and rescue motorists who were stranded or injured.
Liability for Injuries and Deaths
It is clear that the city, county, and state were completely unprepared to deal with the winter storm, and that their lack of preparations led to numerous accidents.
In the aftermath of any car accident, it is important for those affected to understand their legal rights. In general, all those hurt can seek accountability (financial compensation) from all those who negligence caused them harm. For example, in the latest accidents, other drivers may not have reasonably accounted for the weather, perhaps by driving too fast, making risky turns, or otherwise making mistakes that led to an accidents. If this breach caused damages, such as property damage, physical injuries, or death, then the driver (and involved insurance companies) may be liable and be forced to pay compensation to others.
Any potential plaintiffs must abide by very strict legal guidelines when dealing with insurance companies and potentially filing a lawsuit. For this reason, it is essential to seek out quality legal counsel with experience representing auto accident victims and dealing with insurance companies.
Many people in Georgia have had their lives turned upside down over the past week, and it is imperative that they receive the compensation they are entitled to, whether it comes from other motorists or insurance companies.
What to Do if You Have Been Injured in an Auto Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an auto accident, and you believe that another driver may be liable for your injuries, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. An attorney can review the facts of your case and determine whether you have a viable claim. If so, they can help you seek the compensation you deserve.