Negligent driving, which comes in many forms, can have serious consequences. Whether a driver is driving while distracted, driving under the influence or just driving recklessly, he or she can be held responsible for the consequences that stem from car accidents caused by his or her negligence, even if he or she is killed in the accident. Tragically, a fatal crash of this nature recently claimed the lives of four Georgia residents and left only one survivor.
The accident took place on Augusta Highway on a recent Sunday afternoon. Authorities reported that the driver of a Lexus was operating his vehicle at a high rate of speed when the vehicle veered across the center line. It crashed into a Toyota in a head-on collision. The driver and all of the passengers in the Lexus were killed.
The driver of the Toyota, a 39-year-old woman, also died. Her only passenger, who was her 15-year-old son, was the only person to survive the tragedy. The nature and extent of any injuries suffered by the teen was not reported. No other information about the accident was provided.
Now, a teen is left without his mother and families are left mourning the loss of their loved ones due to the actions of an allegedly negligent driver. The family members of the deceased woman have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim, and a personal injury claim on behalf of the injured minor, against the other driver's estate to compensate them for the losses they have suffered due to the accident. In addition, the families of the deceased passengers in the Lexus may also choose to file wrongful death claims. The civil court system in Georgia decides whether to award damages based on evidence of negligence presented in cases involving car accidents.
Source: macon.com, "4 killed in east Ga. crash, 15-year-old boy survives wreck", Dec. 8, 2014