Everybody experiences times in life that could be considered "forks in the road." Right now, in the springtime, there are millions of young adults throughout America who are at this type of juncture, deciding where they will go for college. For other people, it can be a choice between jobs or where to buy a home. There are all kinds of situations that can alter a person's life forever. Unfortunately, events like a fatal accident fall into this category.
The immediate aftermath of the loss of a loved one is not the best time for most people to be thinking about lawsuits and legal claims. Unfortunately, if the person's death was caused by another party's act of negligence, this period of time can be especially significant in the long-term view of a wrongful death action.
People pass away every day. Some pass away after a long and full life surround by loved ones, but others are not so fortunate. When the death of a loved one is caused by the actions of another party, the need to hold that party accountable for their actions can be strong. This often results in a civil lawsuit being filed against the person responsible. While money can never replace a loved one or fill the void left by their absence, it can cover the cost of medical bills, funeral arrangements and much more during a time of mourning.
No criminal justice system is perfect. In the United States there are many individuals who remain free despite having committed a crime. Sometimes this is due to them or their crime not being discovered and other times there just isn't enough evidence to get a criminal conviction. The thought that the perpetrator of a crime may escape without penalty can leave victims and their loved ones with a sense of hopelessness and injustice. For some, a civil lawsuit may be able to fill the legal void left by the criminal justice system when it fails.
For drivers in Rome, a motor vehicle accident is an inconvenience as long as no one is hurt. However, when there is a significant amount of recklessness, negligence and wanton disregard for the safety of others, there is a substantial chance for injuries or a fatal car crash to occur. Any car wreck can cause damage, but if it results in a fatality, the family of the person who was killed will have to deal with the loss of a loved one and the knowledge that it didn't have to happen.
A Georgia teenager is dead and his brother has been injured after a distracted driver left the road and collided with them. Local police are investigating the crash, and the driver is now facing homicide charges.
In Georgia, one officer was killed in the line of duty and another critically injured when their vehicle collided with a utility pole on North Veterans Parkway in Columbus. The 53-year-old man who died was an undercover officer with the Metro Narcotics Task Force and a 32-year veteran of the Columbus police force. According to authorities, both officers were on their way to provide back-up to a third officer who was in pursuit of a suspect in an unrelated incident when the car wreck took place.
An Atlanta woman was the cause of a fatal car crash in Midtown Atlanta on the Downtown Connection on July 6th around 3:30 p.m. The driver, who was placed under arrest, was traveling on the HOV lane south of the 17th Street Bridge when the accident occurred.