Judges, juries and insurance companies generally don't award compensation for emotional distress, except in cases with severe injuries. How much a plaintiff may receive as a settlement may vary significantly from one case to the next.
Although it's rare, there are some instances in which car accident victims may get diagnosed with a painful condition known as compartment syndrome post-crash. A person with such a diagnosis often experiences a buildup of swelling and pressure in their leg and arm muscles. An individual with compartment syndrome often experiences these symptoms after disruption of blood flow and subsequent deprivation of oxygen and essential nutrients to the muscles and nerves within specific portions of their body.
Driving is a very dangerous activity. This is one of the reasons why motorists are required to carry automobile insurance to protect them if they get hurt or they injure someone else. Vehicles have been manufactured with enhanced safety features in recent years. Even still, this has done very little to curb crash rates. It may be helpful for motorists to know when and where accidents occur, so that they can be even more vigilant to avoid crashes in such instances.
If you've been alive long enough, then you've likely heard your fair share of public service announcements about the dangers associated with drunk driving. Consuming alcohol or drugs and then getting behind the wheel is very dangerous.
Women are both more likely to be injured and die in car crashes than men. Federal transportation statistics show that female drivers and their passengers who wear their seatbelts are 17% more likely to die in a car crash than men of their same age bracket. Women as a whole are 73% more likely to be injured in a full-frontal crash than their male counterparts even if both genders are wearing seatbelts. Researchers have recently come up with a theory for why that's the case.
Law enforcement has begun paying additional attention to the Burke County roads that surround Plant Vogtle in recent months. One of the primary reasons why they've started doing this is because there has been an uptick in traffic violations and crashes in the area during that time frame. While no one has died in these incidents, there have been injuries. Police have upped their patrol as they feel that it's only a matter of time before someone dies for a completely preventable reason.
One of the great thrills that come with riding a motorbike here in Augusta is that you can experience the freedom of riding down Georgia's many open roads. Motorcycles aren't all fun and games though. Motorcyclists have to worry about getting struck by the motorists that they share the roads with. One of the most common reasons why motorcycle riders get hit is because motorists claim that they didn't see them before they struck them. There are some things that motorcyclists can do to make themselves more visible though.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office filed charges against a county school bus driver on Dec. 23. The law enforcement agency alleges that the bus operator's actions on the afternoon of Dec. 13 resulted in a middle school student being struck by a passing sports utility vehicle (SUV).
In late October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, released its annual fatal crash data report for 2018. These most recent statistics show that the number of overall fatalities last year was 2.4% less than the previous one. There was a significant decrease in highway fatalities between 2016 and 2017 as well.
A crash between an 18-wheeler and a passenger car in Thomson in late September killed two kids on impact. The 16-year-old driver of that vehicle died the following day. Another passenger in the car, the decedents' mother, had been hospitalized since the crash recovering from life-threatening injuries. Doctors released her to go home to her family late last week though.