Two legal actions may be taken through a Georgia civil court following a death caused by carelessness. An estate claim, called a survival action, requests compensation for a decedent's pain and suffering and financial costs, like medical and funeral expenses. A wrongful death action is an attempt to recover damages for survivors' losses.
Hit-and-run accident investigators operate against a time clock. As with any other unsolved crime, the longer a suspected driver is free, the more evidence can be lost. Delays give an at-fault driver the opportunity to hide, repair or sell a vehicle damaged in an auto accident.
Adults have good reason to be apprehensive about handing over the car keys to a teen driver. Inexperienced drivers are often too immature to grasp the consequences of unsafe driving practices. Parents are less worried about teens getting a ticket than being hurt or injuring or killing someone else.
Police may take months to investigate a traffic accident. The long procedure often involves evidence collection and elimination. Sometimes auto accident reports and criminal charges hinge on blood test results which can prove or disprove driver impairment.
Drivers' behaviors that exceed the boundaries of traffic laws often go unpunished. Some Georgia drivers receive citations while others are arrested following auto accidents involving serious injuries or death. A fear of uncertain consequences pushes some motorists to flee, endangering the pursued, the pursuer and all innocent victims in between them.
Five people died and two survived a recent head-on collision in western Georgia. The drivers of both vehicles were killed. Georgia State Patrol suspects the 28-year-old driver blamed for the auto accident was driving drunk.
Georgia law enforcement officials are searching for the identity of a tractor trailer operator who fled from the scene of a fatal crash. Witnesses said a dirty, maroon truck hauling a silver trailer struck a Ford Expedition on Interstate 75 in Bartow County. The driver didn't stop.
Ninety percent of travelers used U.S. roadways to visit relatives during the Thanksgiving holidays, according to AAA Auto Club. Last year, 17 people died during the Thanksgiving travel period in Georgia. More than 1,200 people were hurt in 2,760 holiday car accidents.
A woman passenger was rushed to a hospital after a single-vehicle crash in southwest Georgia. Deputies from Decatur County said the 27-year-old, out-of-state driver was arrested and charged with multiple traffic infractions.
Two workers, including a Woodstock teenager, died in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Dalton. The victims apparently were riding in the back of a pickup truck when the driver fell asleep.