On Tuesday January 27, 2014, hundreds of thousands of commuters fled Atlanta, trying to reach to kids, pets, and home as the snow turned to ice. For many drivers, the ice and gridlock was impossible to overcome, and they had to abandon their cars on the side of the road, unprotected from unwary or unsafe drivers.
Snowpocalypse 2014 left many Atlantans with banged up cars, and although they count themselves lucky the damage may have only been to their vehicles, repairs can be costly. For those unable to find relief for the damages through insurance, taking their claim to a jury may be necessary. However, to reach the jury, the injured party must have evidence of the other party’s negligence.
For example, in Vaughan v. Glymph, Clarence Glymph’s truck fishtailed when approaching an intersection. Gary Dulin, who was passing Glymph, had to swerve to keep from hitting Glymph’s truck. The ice caused him to slide across the median, and collide with Glenn and Sherry Vaughan. As a result, the unlucky Vaughan’s were able to sue both Dulin and Glymph because a jury needed to decide if either were traveling too fast for the weather, existing traffic, or any other conditions. In other words, Atlanta drivers will be held to a reasonable standard of care with regard to the particular weather at the time.
So if you find yourself in the position of the Vaughan’s, make sure you take pictures, get a police report, and get the name and phone number of any witnesses. But more importantly, if you or a loved one have been injured in an automobile accident during Snowpocalypse 2014, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Please call Schenk Smith LLC for a free consultation today. (678) 823-7678.