Drivers should always be careful to follow the rules of the road when behind the wheel. Not only is this the law, it will also help avoid injuries which typically accompany a car accident. In the worst case scenario, somebody could be the victim of a fatal accident on a Georgia roadway. It is even more important to pay attention to the rules of the road at an intersection, since there is an increased chance of a collision with traffic from all directions converging at a single point.
Recently, a vehicle collision at an intersection occurred in early November shortly before 6 p.m. The crash resulted in the death of a 51-year-old woman. The incident happened where Old Highway 441 North intersects with Georgia Highway 15. The victim was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a 48-year-old man. The driver was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries and was later charged with not yielding at an intersection.
The driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident was a 17-year-old female. She was examined for injuries at the scene of the incident. There have been no reports of her needing further medical attention. Also, it is unclear if there were any passengers in the second vehicle. Additionally, there have been no reports as to any other injuries or deaths.
Although nothing can undo the tragic fatal accident, the victim’s family may decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit in court. The preliminary evidence suggests that the driver of the vehicle in which the victim was riding was at fault for the collision. If the formal investigation confirms that, then the driver may well have to answer to a civil claim for monetary damages from the surviving family. In Georgia, when a fatality occurs as the result of the negligence of another person, the surviving family of the victim is entitled to claim reimbursement of funeral expenses and related costs incurred, as well as other damages permitted under our state laws.
Source: AccessNorthGa.com, “Patrol releases names in fatal Banks County crash,” Derreck Booth, Nov. 1, 2012