Month: May 2015

Georgia’s “Scarlet Letter” License Plates

On behalf of Dozier Law Firm, LLC posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Thursday, May 28, 2015. It is no secret that driving under the influence is one of the most dangerous actions a person can take, both in regards to their own safety and those around them. States all over the nation are taking a stand against this irresponsible behavior, marking habitual drunk drivers with special license plates. While some states may make their markings painfully obvious with a bright color, Georgia took a more subtle approach, using special serial numbers that only officers would know to look out for. These plates were first put in use in 2006, and since then, fatal accidents caused by drunk drivers has reduced by 35 percent. While no one can say for certain that these plates were the main contributor to this statistic, it seems that officers who are able to locate habitual drunk drivers and stop them…

Being a reasonable person may not prevent a car accident

Courts in Georgia use the legal construct of the "reasonable person" when determining whether civil liability exists in a negligence lawsuit, such as one arising out of a car accident. The reasonable person is not a real individual, but rather a concept to help the jury decide if the defendant's act was wrongful. The question is whether a reasonable person under the circumstances would have done what the defendant did that caused the plaintiff's injury or property damage. If you are like most drivers, when you get behind the wheel you try hard to be the reasonable person.Unfortunately, however, you can be the poster example of the reasonable person and still get into an accident with another vehicle. For the truth is that not every other driver may be as concerned as you are with behaving reasonably.     Other people can act unreasonably in many ways: distracted drivers; drunk…

What are the elements of a wrongful death lawsuit?

Wrongful death actions are fact-specific to every case. It is the role of a personal injury attorney to match the facts of your loved one's death to the cause of action elements so as to present the most effective case for either settlement or proof at trial, so an important consideration on your part would be to retain a law firm with experience in negotiating and litigating wrongful death cases If a loved one of yours dies as the result of the negligent or intentional act of someone else, then under Georgia law you may be able to commence a wrongful death lawsuit against that person. Wrongful death actions are a species of tort, and generally have the following requirements for the plaintiff to prove: As mentioned above, the death of the family member must be caused by a negligent or intentional act. You must be a surviving family member. Under Georgia…

The effects that each level of BAC has on the body

Alcohol has different effects on the body according to the amount of alcohol that an individual consumes. While Georgia motorists know that this is why drunk driving is dangerous, many not understand what the effects are and when they start to happen. Individuals feel relaxed, have changes in mood, experience some loss in judgment and feel slightly warm when their blood alcohol concentration reaches .02 percent. This affects their driving performance by reducing the ability to track moving objects and do two tasks simultaneously. When their BAC reaches .05 percent, individuals usually feel good, exhibit exaggerated behavior, lose control of small muscles, experience reduced alertness, become less shy and have impaired judgment. The effects of this on driving include difficulty steering as well as reduced coordination, response to emergency situations and ability to track moving objects. Individuals with a BAC of .08 percent experience poor muscle coordination, trouble detecting danger,…

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