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Inexperienced teens can be some of the most dangerous drivers on the road. Even smart, well-meaning young people can cause accidents, not because they are reckless or irresponsible, but simply because they do not have the experience necessary to know how to properly control a vehicle and react to road conditions.

For this reason, the State of Georgia requires all teen drivers to carry a provisional “Class D” license that restricts their driving privileges. Teens with a Class D license may not operate a motor vehicle between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m. They are also subject to the following restrictions on carrying passengers:

  • During the first six months, only immediate family members are allowed as passengers when the teen is driving
  • During months six to twelve, the teen may only transport one non-family member under the age of 21
  • After a year, the teen is allowed to transport up to three non-family members under the age of 21

The restrictions are meant to reduce high-risk driving situations. Teens are eligible to receive a regular Class C driver’s license once they turn 18 if they have not had any major traffic violations for at least 12 months.

One Teen Dead, Another in Jail

A recent fatal accident has proved to be an unfortunate reminder of what can happen when teens don’t obey these restrictions.

A 16 year-old Georgia teen is facing jail time after a crash that killed her best friend, a 17 seventeen year-old young man who had graduated from high school just weeks earlier. Despite the law requiring the girl to transport no more than one passenger, she had five other teens in the vehicle with her.

The accident occurred when the girl hit a trash can while making a turn — she lost control of her vehicle and ultimately crashed into a tree. Alcohol was not suspected to be a factor in the crash.

The car was so severely damaged that first responders had to extricate the young man from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

A 15-year old passenger suffered injuries that required hospitalization. The driver and the other three passengers only suffered minor injuries.

The driver, who had her license suspended once before for a passenger violation, was charged with three offenses: driving too fast for conditions, carrying too many passengers and second-degree vehicular homicide. She was sentenced to one year in jail.

The driver is also expected to face civil claims for personal injury and wrongful death.

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We have recovered millions for our clients

The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have over 30 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims. Over that time, we have helped hundreds of injured people recover the compensation they deserve and need in order to begin putting their lives back together. This list is just a sample of the recoveries we have obtained for some of our clients here and during our time at our former firm, Burnside Wall LLP. Obviously, success in obtaining significant judgments and settlements for other clients is no guarantee of success in your case. Each case must be evaluated and handled based on the individual merits of that particular case. To discuss the facts of your case and learn more about your legal rights, contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a free initial consultation.

Medical Malpractice / Head Injury

$4,500,000 settlement

Pharmacy & Prescription Error

$1,800,000 settlement

Medical Malpractice / Anesthesia Injury

$1,600,000 settlement

Auto Accident / Multiple Fractures

$1,250,000 judgment

Auto Accident / Wrongful Death

$1,000,000 settlement

Dram Shop / Wrongful Death

$1,000,000 settlement

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Thomas R. Burnside III Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller Personal Injury Attorney

Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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In November 2017, I was in a car accident and I decided to seek out legal assistance. I chose to go with Burnside Law Firm, LLP because of their five star rating. My inital consultation was with attorney, Mr. Garon Muller. I knew immediately that I wanted Mr. Muller to take my case. His professionalism and expertise in personal injury made my decision easy. Mr. Muller maintained his professionalism throughout my case. He kept me updated on a regular basis via telephone or email. He was always available to me when I call. I did not have to wait 24 hours to get a call back from him. I would greatly recommend Mr. Muller and the Burnside Law Firm, LLP.

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    Augusta

    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320

    Athens

    325 North Milledge Avenue

    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264