Defective Truck Part Kills Young Teacher Says Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer
Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) December 15, 2011 - Even though this was a single car accident, accident reports indicate the possible cause was a defective truck part.
“It appears that the victim in this reported case was in the wrong place, at the wrong time,” reported Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer who practices personal injury, accidents and malpractice law. “On top of that, it also turns out there was a possibility that this accident happened because of a defective truck part.”
The story ends with a single vehicle accident involving a young school teacher and an accident reconstruction team of law enforcement officers determining that it looked like the teacher’s car, a Toyota Scion, had been hit by a piece of flying debris that came at her over the median from the other side of the highway. At impact, she lost control of the car, slamming into a concrete barrier whereupon her vehicle went up in flames.
Although emergency medical personnel were able to get her out of the wreck alive and airlift her to the closest medical facility, she died soon after she reached the hospital. The accident scene was horrendous, and it was difficult for the police to figure out what they were looking at until the reconstruction team was able to indicate that a 20-inch-long, 15-pound metal object had hit her. That object turned out to be a leaf spring from a dump truck’s heavy-duty suspension.
“Having just the spring was a problem for the police, as there were no identifying serial numbers, or any other way to determine where the spring had come from in the first place. This meant they would not be able to identify the defective truck or the driver responsible for the accident,” Ozcomert said. “Who is liable in a case like this?”
Liability in situations like this is not always clear, largely because there are many people and factors involved in determining the full extent of what happened. When there is a highway accident, or any accident of this nature, a personal injury lawyer needs to act fast to investigate the scene, secure important evidence and then try to determine the potentially liable parties.
“Typically, cases like this will have insurance companies involved and insurance policies in place that cover accidents like this. Once the at-fault party is identified, liability is no longer the issue, the insurance money on the table is,” stated Ozcomert.
In catastrophic cases such as this one, ones that cause death or life-long injuries, reviewing the circumstances that led to the accident is crucial. “By holding the at-fault parties accountable for things like defective parts, improper or inadequate maintenance or negligence, an Atlanta personal injury lawyer can help clients get compensation for their injuries; compensation to pay for property damage, lost income and medical bills,” he added.
Stephen M. Ozcomert, PC
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Decatur, GA 30030
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Stephen M. Ozcomert, PC
3575 Piedmont Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Call: (404) 370-1000
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