The summer vacation and travel season is at hand. Many Georgia residents may find themselves traveling the state’s roadways and the nation’s highways this summer. While most of us consider ourselves safe, responsible drivers, we unfortunately cannot always protect ourselves from the negligence of others.
Recently on a Georgia roadway, a fatal accident occurred when an SUV collided with a compact car. A witness to the accident reported that the collision happened after the SUV had crossed the centerline into the compact car’s lane of travel.
As a result of the collision, the driver of the compact car, a young female college student, died at the scene due to traumatic injuries. There were also severe injuries to the other passengers in both vehicles, and a passenger needed to be cut from the compact vehicle by use of hydraulic rescue tools Charges are still pending in the case as officials continue their investigation.
In motor vehicle accident cases in which an individual has died due to the negligence of another driver or individual, the family of the deceased is entitled to bring action for wrongful death. In Georgia, the family can recover damages including, but not limited to, medical and funeral expenses, pain and suffering and loss of the deceased. The damages recoverable depend on the familial relationship with the deceased.
While nothing can make up for the loss of a loved one, often the justice and compensation received by holding the negligent individual responsible can help in the process of dealing with the loss.
Source: WLTZ.com, “Charges pending in fatal North Columbus accident,” May 29, 2012