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Witnesses say that the car that moved over on my husband didn’t signal. Do I have a wrongful death lawsuit?

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All drivers know when they get their driver’s licenses that they have to signal their intentions prior to changing lanes. When they fail to use their blinkers when attempting to move into another lane, they are breaking the law and can put other motorists at risk.

According to Georgia code 40-6-123, drivers have to use their blinkers “…to indicate an intention to turn, change lanes, or start from a parked position…” This improper use of signal offense comes with a three point penalty. In addition, if someone was killed because another driver failed to follow the law and use his or her blinker or hand signals, that person could be liable for a Georgia wrongful death lawsuit.

Drivers have a duty to use their signals, look over their shoulders, and glance in their mirrors before making a lane change. When drivers do not do these things, they can be found guilty of negligence and recklessness.

If that driver is found at fault for your husband’s death, you are entitled to pursue a Georgia wrongful death claim for damages. You may be entitled to a financial recovery for your losses, medical and funeral expenses, pain and suffering, future lost income and benefits, and possible punitive damages.

To discuss your specifics and to find out more about your rights, please contact a knowledgeable Fayette County wrongful death attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation today at (770) 487-8999.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia