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Civil Lawsuit Filed in Fatal Georgia Truck Accident

June 11, 2015

A catastrophic crash that killed five Georgia Southern University nursing students last month is being called indefensible and inexplicable in a new wrongful death suit brought by the parents of three of the deceased students, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  The accident occurred on I-16 in Bryan County, Georgia, rocking the local community. The wrongful death suit has included as defendants two truck drivers involved in the crash, their trucking companies, and insurers. Another nursing student injured in the accident has also filed a civil suit in Bryan County Superior Court and State Court.

The lawsuit alleges that the truck driver who hit the nursing students did not apply his brake, despite the traffic ahead clearly being at a standstill. It further alleges that the trucker did not attempt to maneuver to avoid a collision before hitting the cars ahead. The truck crashed into the vehicle carrying the victims at such speed that the car caught on fire. The truck then continued forward, hitting several other vehicles. Attorneys have presented a theory in the lawsuit that the driver was either drowsy or fatigued. Investigators have also reportedly uncovered that the truck was equipped with a collision avoidance system, but it is not clear whether it was operational at the time of the crash.

Wrongful Death Suits in Georgia

Georgia law allows the relatives of anyone who has been killed due to negligence, reckless, or intentional actions of another person to file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims often arise due to car or truck accidents, as well as slip and falls, and more.

Normally, the spouse, if applicable, will have the first priority in bringing a wrongful death action. If the spouse and the accident victim have children, said children will likely have rights as well. However, it is important to retain a personal injury attorney so that he or she can evaluate the facts and circumstances of any wrongful death case to determine which family members have the proper standing to bring claims arising from the death of a loved one caused by another at fault person or party.

Damages in a wrongful death action can include lost wages and benefits that the deceased would have earned had he or she lived to a reasonable life expectancy, medical expenses if applicable, as well as loss of care, companionship, and more.

Wrongful Death Truck Accident Suits Are Complex and Require Skilled Assistance

As this recent truck accident lawsuit demonstrates, wrongful death actions involving trucking accidents can often involve multiple defendants. In fact, a single lawsuit could involve three or more defendants, not to mention the complicated laws and regulations governing this area of legal practice. As such, anyone injured in a crash or who has lost a loved one to a truck accident should retain counsel as soon as possible so they can take all necessary actions to preserve evidence and protect your legal rights.

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Category: Truck Accidents

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