It's tempting to reach for your smartphone or a hamburger after several hours on the highway when you're a truck driver. The endless hours of driving can feel relentless and boring.
There is a large focus on auto insurance and the protections in place for the operators of a vehicle along with any damage to property that might occur. But what is discussed less frequently is whether there is coverage in place for passengers in the vehicle when an accident occurs. What happens when they incur medical expenses through no fault of their own?
For many victims of car accidents, the physical stress of recovering from an injury gets compounded by the income the victim loses while healing and rehabilitating. In many instances, lost wages are among the most difficult claims to pursue, and face significant pushback from an insurer reviewing an injury claim.
The number of fatalities from Georgia car accidents has increased in recent years. In 2015, 1,430 fatalities took place on Georgia roadways, according to data compiled by Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety. In 2014, that number was only 1,164.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), each year 8,000 two-vehicle collisions with motorcycles could be mitigated or prevented if passenger vehicles were equipped with certain safety systems, including lane maintenance, blind spot detection and front crash prevention.