Last week near LaGrange, former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen died in a tragic single-vehicle accident driven by his friend. According to a report by the Montgomery Adviser, the accident occurred around 3:00 in the morning at the intersection of Upper Big Springs Road and Lower Big Springs Road, where the SUV Lutzenkirchen was riding in failed to stop at a stop sign.
Evidently, after the SUV traveled through the stop sign without stopping, it rolled several times and eventually came to a rest on its roof. At some point during the accident, Lutzenkirchen was ejected from the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was also partially ejected during the accident. Both Lutzenkirchen and the driver died from the injuries they sustained in the accident.
Two others were also injured in the tragic accident, although both of them are expected to fully recover from their injuries. Police have taken the blood of the driver of the SUV to see if alcohol may have played a role in the accident. It may be several weeks before the results of the testing come back, however.
Single-Vehicle Accidents in Georgia
All accidents have the potential to be tragic, regardless of whether there are one, two, or more vehicles involved. In some ways, a single-vehicle accident can be even more heart-wrenching than other accidents because typically the passengers and the drivers are friends, as they were in this case.
However, the fact that they were friends does not necessarily mean that the person who caused the accident should not be responsible for the injuries of the other passengers involved. In this case, the passengers of the vehicle were all injured, and one died. In addition, the driver of the vehicle died. Who can be held responsible for the injuries and losses of the families of the passengers?
This is the exact reason why the government mandates that all drivers carry auto insurance: to help cover the costs of injuries or losses of life. In this case, if the passengers in the accident sue the driver of the car and win, they will likely be reimbursed by the driver’s insurance company.
Have You Been Injured in a Single-Vehicle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Georgia single-vehicle accident, it can be difficult navigating that situation. On one hand, you have the tragedy you suffered, and on the other you have the relationship with the person at fault. However, justice should always prevail and if the driver at fault has auto insurance, he or she may not be responsible for the entire amount. Miller Legal Services, LLC understands the difficulties that come with single-vehicle accidents, and we have handled countless claims based on these types of accidents. The skilled Georgia personal injury attorneys at Miller Legal Services would be happy to speak with you about your case and inform you of your rights. Click here, or call 770-284-3727 to schedule a free initial consultation today.
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