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Chain of events in Georgia leaves one driver dead

On April 12, one driver died and three other people suffered injuries in a multiple-vehicle wreck that occurred on Interstate 20 in Morgan County. Emergency responders transported the wounded, whom authorities did not identify, to Morgan Memorial and Athens Regional hospitals with undisclosed injuries.

According to a preliminary investigation by the Georgia State Patrol, the accident happened at about noon, when a Toyota Camry heading east on I-20 swerved off and back on to the roadway and struck the side of an approaching 2012 Chevrolet Silverado. After that initial collision, the Camry hit a tree. The Chevy truck crossed the center divider and struck a third car, which in turn struck a fourth vehicle. Police said that the fourth vehicle, a Ford van, flipped over after hitting a guardrail.

The driver of the third vehicle did not survive the incident, police said. The examination of all the details involved in this wreck may take some time to complete, and the GSP said that its collision reconstruction team has taken over the case.

Once the investigation is over, there might be criminal charges issued against one or more negligent drivers. Irrespective of the criminal consequences, however, those who were injured in the car accident may potentially file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party in civil court, adopting the reports generated by the police's reconstruction team to bolster their case. An attorney might help these victims to determine the feasibility of civil action, including a wrongful death claim by the survivors of the person who died in this accident. Sometimes, lawyers may even help negotiate settlements with insurance companies without the case ever going to trial.

Source: 11Alive , "One dead in multi-car crash on I-20 WB", April 12, 2014

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