In the winter time, especially around the holidays, is when many are travelling. However, around this time of year, bad weather can also increase the risk of getting into a car accident. This is why all drivers need to be on high alert when it comes to taking precautions to avoid crashes.
Take for example a recent fatal accident that happened in Smyrna, Georgia, which is about 15 miles from Atlanta. In this crash, Cobb County police said that thick fog may have contributed to the crash.
Leading up to the crash, a car was travelling northbound on Powder Springs Road, when the car crossed the center line and struck another vehicle. Inside the other vehicle were four adults and a teenager. One of the passengers was declared dead on the scene. The others were hospitalized.
The wrong-way driver who appears to of caused the crash was also taken to the hospital.
Following the accident, no charges were filed as the investigation was still pending. However, police did report that dense fog may have been a contributing factor in the fatal crash.
While one can imagine this was a tough holiday season for the family of the deceased, in general, whenever a loved one is killed in a car accident, the family may be able to receive compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Those who are injured can also file personal injury claims against the driver who caused the accident.
Of course, filing a lawsuit cannot take back what happened, but it is a way to at the very least hold the negligent driver accountable for their actions.
Source: Ledger-Enquirer.com, "Police: Fog a likely factor in fatal accident," Dec. 25, 2012
- Our law firm represents family who has lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident. To learn more, visit our Georgia accidental death page.