It’s sometimes unnerving to think that a vehicle could cross a highway and come suddenly into your path of travel without you having sufficient time to react. After all, people do not drive with their peripheral vision engaged and focused on what’s coming from the other side of the road, which is an even more difficult feat in the dead of night. A Georgia woman recently had that happen to her as she was driving and, although she tried to turn her vehicle away from an oncoming car, was struck by it and sustained serious personal injury.

She had tried to apply the brakes to no avail and her Chevrolet Malibu turned over several times. The offending vehicle was In this case, it was worse for the intruding vehicle, driven by a 54-year-old Bainbridge man, who died at the scene of the crash. The car accident occurred at Tarva Road, near the border of Dougherty and Baker Counties. It’s unknown at this time why the Mini Cooper driven by the man crossed over into the opposite lane of traffic. The decedent had been an instructor at Darton College in Albany.

The woman was taken to Phobe Putney Hospital in Albany. She has serious personal injury from the car accident but her specific condition awaits further detail. It’s reasonably certain that the deceased driver’s negligence caused the woman’s injuries. Because she was hurt in an accident caused by another driver, she’ll have a personal injury claim against the other driver’s estate.

In a case like this in Georgia, if the injured victim or her family obtains counsel while she’s recovering from her personal injury, counsel will be able to start the claims process by sending a letter of representation. This will lead to contact with the decedent’s insurance company and the exchange of information. If the injuries are relatively clear-cut and well-documented, an early start can sometimes lead to an early settlement. This is especially true in a case like this where the other side cannot disavow its fault in causing the car accident.

Source: The Post-Searchlight, “Local man killed in Monday accident,” Brennan Leathers , April 30, 2013