The recent Labor Day holiday weekend was likely a cause of celebration and relaxation for many people across Georgia. The weather was still quite pleasant, and many families used the opportunity of the long weekend to spend time together enjoying a last bit of summer fun. Sadly, state police report that several car crashes resulted in multiple fatalities, significantly more than this time last year. Unexpected crashes such as these may have some families considering wrongful death litigation.
According to police, 19 people lost their lives over the recent Labor Day weekend. This is more than twice the number of people who died over the 2019 Labor Day weekend. Nine people lost their lives in crashes during that time period.
The nice weather may have increased the number of people on roadways, contributing to a rise in the amount of fatal crashes. Police say this is even higher than the reported number of fatalities that happened over both Memorial Day weekend and the Fourth of July weekend this year. Furthermore, fatalities over both of those holiday weekends this year dropped compared to the corresponding holidays last year.
Statistics show that 331 crashes occurred and had to be investigated by state troopers, though there were an unknown number of other accidents that fell to the responsibility of other law enforcement entities. It wasn’t just motorists who lost their lives during the holiday weekend. Law enforcement authorities say that the fatalities included pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists.
Though every case is going to be different, many of the fatal accidents may have involved a negligent driver. The families of the victims may decide that filing wrongful death litigation is the best way to hold these drivers accountable. Here in Georgia, it may make sense for a family to consult an attorney who can offer professional advice regarding the best course of action.