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Cumming Police Report Multi Vehicle That Sent Three to the Hospital

Posted by Richard Lawson | May 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

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Cumming, Ga. - According to reports out of Forsyth County, a multi-vehicle crash has resulted in three people being rushed to a local hospital.

Police reported that the collision happened at the intersection of Church Road and Hopewell Road. A driver allegedly failed to yield while turning, and it resulted in the vehicles crashing. As of right now only citations have been written because of the incident but everything is still under investigation.

No other information has been released.

However, as a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will point out that investigations can lead to more charges. It is possible that the circumstances around the collision lead to accusations of fault or recklessness.

In today's post, I will outline the traffic violation of serious injury by vehicle just in case charges do occur.

Serious Injury by Vehicle in Georgia

The Georgia Code defines Serious Injury by Vehicle in Georgia in O.C.G.A. §40-6-394 as:

Whoever, without malice, shall cause bodily harm to another by depriving him of a member of his body, by rendering a member of his body useless, by seriously disfiguring his body or a member thereof, or by causing organic brain damage which renders the body or any member thereof useless through the violation of Code Section 40-6-390 or 40-6-391 shall be guilty of the crime of serious injury by vehicle. A person convicted under this Code section shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than 15 years.

This law does not define what constitutes a serious injury, so in these situations, we have to look to other sources within the Georgia Code. Other Georgia laws define it as a “fractured bone, severe burns, disfigurement, dismemberment, partial or total loss of sight or hearing, or loss of consciousness.”  To be considered serious, the injury does not need to be permanent. Instead, a serious, temporary injury is sufficient and only needs to impair or injure a person's appearance. 

In the past, injuries such as loss of vision in one eye, blurry vision, a two-inch scar on the forehead, broken ribs, and severe bruising have qualified as “serious.”  Whether an injury is serious is a question of fact to be determined by the jury.

Serious injury by vehicle is classified as a felony offense. The penalty if convicted of serious injury by vehicle can include high fines and up to fifteen years in prison.

Practice Note

If charged with a serious violation such as DUI in Georgia, call our offices today.

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