A car wreck involving three vehicles on Interstate 75 proved to be fatal to one driver. A passenger was also hospitalized with injures. The accident occurred when a vehicle changed lanes, sideswiping a second passenger vehicle. That vehicle in turn lost control and spun into the next lane, which caused a second impact with an SUV. The SUV struck the driver’s side, and the driver of the vehicle was killed. A second passenger was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital to be treated for injuries. Information as to why the initial vehicle sideswiped the passenger vehicle was not provided.
The crash occurred in the morning just after rush hour, and the incident was reported to news outlets by the Georgia State Patrol. The GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team has been called to lead the investigation of events and determine if criminal charges will be filed. In cases involving one or more deaths, a detailed investigation is required to gather evidence for a criminal trial. In many cases, this evidence can also be presented in civil court.
When a multiple car accident is caused by a single actor, the person that caused the accident could be liable for damage and injuries caused by negligent actions in addition to any criminal charges filed, provided there were no other events that influenced the occurrence. Accidental deaths happen occasionally on freeways, and the outcome can be devastating financially and emotionally.
Those who are affected by such injuries and deaths may seek compensation for damages such as lost wages and hospital bills. A personal injury lawyer may be able to explain the laws in these situations and assist in recovering damages.
Source: Marietta Patch, “GSP: 1 Killed in I-75 Accident,” Rodney Thrash, March 28, 2013