Drunk Driver Kills Man and Two Children in I-75 Crash
Tragedy struck Clayton County recently when an intoxicated driver headed the wrong way down the interstate and collided with a car carrying several children, according to WSB TV. Atlanta police report that a 20 year old was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he started traveling the wrong way on I-75 South in Clayton County. The intoxicated driver's pickup truck slammed head-on into a car carrying two adults and three children. Two children, an eight year old and a seven year old, were tragically killed in the crash, along with a friend of the family. The driver and a three year old boy remain in critical condition in an area hospital.
The drunk driver has been booked on three counts of vehicular homicide and DUI. He could face considerable prison time if convicted of these charges and the family members of the victims are left mourning their departed loved ones as well as coming to terms with their loss.
DUI Accidents and Wrongful Death Claims
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that someone is killed in a drunk driving crash every 53 minutes, on average. Driving while intoxicated places all users of the roadways in grave danger and losing a loved one in a DUI related accident is perhaps one of the most tragic things to experience.
The family members of deceased loved ones in Georgia should seek compensation for their immense loss through filing a wrongful death action. Wrongful death claims can be filed against any party responsible for the death of another due to negligence, recklessness, or intentional acts. Intoxicated drivers who get behind the wheel and cause an accident that kills someone should be held accountable in a wrongful death action. A conviction for DUI or vehicular manslaughter can serve as powerful evidence as to the driver's intoxication, along with police reports and sobriety tests.
Georgia law allows the spouse first priority in filing a wrongful death action, but any surviving minor children must also receive a portion of the recovery A wrongful death action, combined with an estate survival claim, can seek recovery for, among others, the deceased victim's lost wages and benefits, savings and more, along with burial expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. Anyone who has lost a loved one in a DUI related accident should contact an attorney as soon as possible to learn of their rights as well as what steps are necessary moving forward to obtain compensation.
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