Two teenage girls from the Atlanta suburb of Douglassville were killed late last month in a tragic highway accident with a police cruiser. According to one local news source, the 16- and 17-year-old girls were riding in the back seat of a Nissan Sentra being driven by a male friend in Carroll County at around 11:30 p.m. on September 26 when the crash occurred. The Nissan Sentra allegedly entered Highway 27 in the pathway of an oncoming Georgia State Patrol cruiser.
The officer was not answering a call or using his signal lights at the time and was unable to avoid a collision with the teens’ vehicle, resulting in the deadly crash. Evidently, authorities have suggested the accident was caused by the driver of the Nissan Sentra failing to yield to the path of the oncoming police cruiser. Both of the girls riding in the back seat were killed in the accident. The driver and front seat passenger suffered minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital. According to the report, no charges have been filed, and there is no mention if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.
Traffic Accidents Where Passengers are Injured or Killed
Many Georgia car accidents involving serious injury or death occur in a vehicle with multiple occupants, and it is common for passengers to be injured or killed while riding in somebody else’s vehicle. When a driver is acting negligently and causes an accident with a vehicle containing multiple occupants, that driver is responsible for the damages caused to the other driver as well as any passengers.
If a passenger is injured or killed in an accident caused by the driver of the car they were riding in, however, it is the negligent driver who will be accountable for the damages caused to any passengers riding in their car. A driver’s liability to his or her own passengers can result in an uncomfortable situation when an injured party seeks compensation from the negligent driver. Fortunately, drivers who are legally on the road are covered by personal injury protection (PIP) auto insurance, which is mandatory under state law. The driver’s insurance company will be responsible for the damages caused in the accident to drivers and passengers in other cars, as well as the passengers in their own car. With the right legal representation, accident victims can recover the maximum amount of damages from the negligent driver they were riding with without any direct confrontation with the driver that could damage their relationship.
Do You Need Legal Advice?
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a passenger in an auto accident, contact a qualified Georgia accident attorney to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. The dedicated Georgia personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Miller Legal Services have helped accident victims get fair compensation from insurance companies for the damages caused by the negligence of another driver. At Miller Legal Services, we represent clients in most personal injury and wrongful death cases, including passengers hurt in auto accidents. Call us today at 770-284-3727 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
See Related Blog Posts:
Georgia Man Killed in Out-of-State Car Accident, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, August 12, 2015.
Georgia Motorcyclist Involved in Fatal Accident After Colliding with Sedan, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, August 26, 2015.