Motor vehicle accidents are certainly unwelcome events in people’s lives. When they prove fatal, they can completely upend the lives of the victims’ families. This is especially true when a car accident doesn’t have an immediate and clear cause, as seems to be the case in a recent crash here in Georgia.
The crash happened during the afternoon on Interstate 75. Police say that two vehicles driving south, an SUV and a van, ran into one another. The impact caused the SUV to run off the road and strike a concrete pillar. It then caught fire and a trooper had to rescue the driver. Unfortunately, the man did not survive the accident, despite being rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.
Authorities have not disclosed the condition of the driver of the van. They also have not disclosed exactly which driver was at fault for the collision. It is not known whether any contributing factors were involved, such as intoxicated or distracted driving. Police report that their investigation into the crash is ongoing and they have appealed to the public for any witnesses to the crash or who may have information relating to the incident.
If police determine that the surviving driver was at fault for the crash, they may decide to file criminal charges. Even if not, the family members of the man who died or the driver of the van may decide to file a claim in civil court. The result could be an award of monetary damages that would be useful in covering any outstanding expenses related to the car accident, such as funeral costs, medical bills or more. Georgia families who want to know if they should pursue a similar course of action may want to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.