It appears as if an accident in Georgia in which a driver was killed and a 14-year-old boy was injured could have been avoided if the driver of a pickup truck paid more attention to his driving. The accident happened at approximately 7:40 p.m. on a recent Wednesday evening in early March. As is the case concerning many car accidents, the consequences of this accident have been devastating.
It is reported that the 28-year-old driver of the pickup truck veered over into the opposite lane, colliding head-on with a second pickup truck in this lane. The severity of the impact caused the first pickup to spin before rolling onto its side. It stopped on the middle line in the road and burst into flames. The driver was killed by the impact.
The driver of the second vehicle and the front seat passenger were taken to a medical center in the area. The driver's son, who is 14 years old, had to be airlifted to a children's hospital in Georgia. According to the authorities, the deceased was travelling at a high speed, and it appears as if he was texting while driving. This became evident from the unfinished text message on his phone, which was never sent.
Although the injuries suffered by the three occupants of the second pickup truck were reported as none life-threatening, the fact that all three were taken to a medical facility, one by helicopter, suggests that the injuries suffered may still be serious in nature. In Georgia, victims seriously injured in car accidents where negligence proves to be the root cause of the accident may choose to institute a civil claim for damages. Monetary damages awarded from a successfully litigated claim could help a victim and his or her family better cope with medical bills and rehabilitation costs arising from the accident.
Source: thedahloneganugget.com, "Texting a possible cause in fatal crash", John Bynum, March 13, 2015