In a tragic accident that occurred in South Carolina earlier this week, a Georgia woman was killed when she was the passenger in a single-vehicle accident. According to a report by one local news source, the accident occurred on Interstate 85 north, near exit 103, at around 4:00 in the afternoon.
Evidently, the woman was the passenger in a 2004 Toyota Land Rover. According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the Land Rover veered off the right side of the road onto the shoulder before crossing back through the lane she was in, crossing the median, and then rolling several times before coming to a complete stop.
The passenger was ejected from the Land Rover and was thrown 47 feet away from the wreckage. She was life-flighted by helicopter to a nearby hospital, but she was unable to overcome her injuries and died while undergoing surgery. The driver of the Land Rover was also injured and admitted to the hospital, although with less serious injuries.
There is currently an investigation underway by authorities. Any charges that may be filed against the driver will likely come after the investigation is completed.
Single-Vehicle Accidents in Georgia
In many single-vehicle accidents, the injured party knows the driver on a personal basis. In some cases, the passenger and driver may even be family, friends, or life-long partners. This can seemingly make recovering for injuries difficult.
However, what people often fail to realize is that it is rarely the driver who foots the bill for a victim’s medical costs. It is most often the driver’s insurance that pays. Therefore, merely because the accident victim knows the person at fault for the accident is no reason to preclude a lawsuit seeking compensation for injuries sustained as a result of the accident.
Insurance Companies Are in the Business of Risk
The insurance company that underwrites a driver’s policy is accepting the risk that the driver may get involved in a serious accident, regardless of who the victim is. In fact, when a victim fails to pursue an otherwise valid claim against a driver who was at fault for an accident, the insurance company is the one getting the break, rather than the driver.
The business of insurance is confusing, to be sure. However, insurance companies rely on the fact that some people will not bring a lawsuit based on their relationship with the person at fault, even though there is no real basis for failing to do so. Make sure you hold the insurance company responsible. After all, it’s what it does.
Have You Been Injured in a Georgia Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a Georgia car accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages to help compensate you for your injuries. To learn more about the personal injury laws in Georgia, you should consult with a dedicated personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Call 770-284-3727 to set up a free initial consultation today.
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