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Did driver negligence kill 4 on Interstate 75?

One of the first things that any person learning to drive a vehicle, motorized or not, is taught is to always be aware of what is going around the vehicle. This can make the difference between life and death. Georgia residents most likely know that driver negligence can lead to serious injury or even death as a result of their actions.

Where “fender-benders” seem to happen all of the time, some can easily end in tragedy. A recent crash in on Interstate 75 is a perfect example of this. According to the Georgia State Patrol, a tractor-trailer driver seems to have been the cause of a multiple vehicle pileup that resulted in a chain reaction that involved eight vehicles and killed four people.

The fatal victims were an 82-year-old man and a family of three that was in a separate vehicle, including a 3-year-old girl. The 82-year-old man’s son, who was also his passenger, and the semi-truck driver each suffered unknown injuries. They were transported to an area hospital. No details on the severity of their injuries or current conditions were released. No other injuries were reported.

It could take the Georgia State Patrol some time to sift through all of the data to determine the cause of the crash. Whether the trucker failed to notice the slowing of vehicles in front of him or was somehow distracted has yet be ascertained. In either case, the family of the deceased victims may file wrongful death claims against the party or parties deemed responsible. The injured victims may file personal injury claims as well, also based upon evidence of driver negligence. Any claims seeking monetary damages in this accident may include the company that the driver was working for at the time of the accident under the legal theory of respondeat superior.

Source: walb.com, "Victims identified in tragic Lowndes Co. interstate crash", Colter Anstaett, Aug. 11, 2014

Source: walb.com, "Victims identified in tragic Lowndes Co. interstate crash", Colter Anstaett, Aug. 11, 2014

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