On July 3, a five-vehicle accident in unincorporated Decatur took the life of one motorist and injured several others. At the time of reporting, the cause of the crash was still under investigation.
According to authorities, the multi-vehicle crash occurred shortly before 3 p.m. as a 23-year-old man heading northbound near the intersection of South Hairston and Wesley Chapel roads suddenly lost control of his car and veered into the opposite lane, sideswiping a silver Hyundai Sonata and smashing into three other vehicles. Among the five vehicles involved in the wreck was a U.S. Postal Service mail delivery truck.
The man who lost control of his vehicle suffered life-threatening injuries and his passenger was also critically harmed. When emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene, they pronounced the driver dead, and an ambulance took the passenger to a nearby hospital where she was treated for severe injuries.
The other vehicles involved in the wreck were a silver Honda Odyssey and a red Cadillac CTS. The Honda occupants and the postal driver were all transported to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. Other individuals injured in the accident included one minor passenger from the Hyundai and two minors who were riding in the Cadillac CTS. They were all taken to Egleston Children's Hospital for treatment of their non-life-threatening injuries.
People who are involved in a multi-vehicle crash similar to this one might incur serious injuries that could affect their lives. For example, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries can lead to lifelong disabilities or paralysis. Car accident victims may have to undergo multiple surgeries, prolonged treatment and even long-term care as a result of such catastrophic injuries. In addition, they may suffer financially because of lost wages. Individuals in these circumstances might wish to contact a lawyer who could assist them with filing a claim for compensation.