According to a local newspaper report, late last week two prominent Marshallville residents were killed in a head-on collision in Macon County.
Apparently, the well-known peach farmer and councilwoman were driving on Winchester Road when the farmer’s Toyota veered out of his lane into the center of the road. Unfortunately, his car directly hit the councilwoman’s Lincoln Town Car. The accident caused an explosion, and both cars caught on fire.
No other individuals were injured as a result of the accident, but both drivers were killed at the scene of the accident. Georgia State Troopers are still investigating the accident. The investigation has not yielded many results as of yet, but there was no indication that the Toyota was malfunctioning at the time of the accident.
Head-on collisions can be the most devastating type of car accident in terms of impact, damage, and likelihood of fatalities. In many cases, head-on collisions cannot be avoided because either one or both drivers are operating their cars at a very high speed. That high speed can make it difficult to control the car or navigate turns. The direct impact of a head-on collision usually causes severe damage, including totaling a car, sometimes causing an explosion or fire, and the deaths of one or both drivers, passengers, or bystanders.
Other times, head-on collisions are caused by:
- A distracted driver. This includes situations where an individual is talking on the phone or texting.
- Drunk driving. Driving with a blood alcohol content over .08 constitutes drunk driving.
- Sleepy Drivers. Many times, individuals who drive for work or drive long distances can become fatigued. This is a dangerous situation because the likelihood of an accident can be exponentially increased when a driver is tired.
Negligent Driving in Georgia
To bring a negligent driving claim in Georgia, you must be able to establish that another individual owed you a duty of care that he or she neglected, and that the neglect was the cause of your injuries and damages.
Comparative Negligence in Georgia
Georgia follows the comparative negligence rule. Comparative negligence means that, if the other party was 50% or more responsible for the accident or your injuries, you may be able to recover. However, if they are not more than 50% responsible, they cannot be found responsible at all. This differs in every state, but Georgia’s rule is restricting. The comparative negligence rule can be a barrier to recovery and it is important to contact an attorney to prepare your case.
Have You Been Involved in an Automobile Accident in Georgia?
Georgia follows a comparative negligence rule, and your recovery could be completely barred if you do not prepare your arguments and case properly. Our dedicated attorneys are well-versed in Georgia law and can assist you in developing your case. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident in Georgia, and you think the other party was negligent, please contact our office at 770-284-3727 to set up a free initial consultation.
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Another Drunk Driving Crash, This Time in Lumpkin County, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, September 17, 2014.
Eight-Vehicle Accident on I-75 Kills Four, Injures Thirteen, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, August 21, 2014.