Single car crashes are the most prevalent kind of wreck in the United States. Often innocent passengers end up as victims when vehicles leave the road. We were saddened to read about a car crash in Clayton County that killed a man and left his two children seriously injured.
A report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted the man was involved in a dispute with his wife before the fatal crash, according to Clayton County police.
The wreck occurred in September in the early hours of the morning at 2:30 a.m. on Ga. 314 near Riverdale.
The report from Sgt. Ashanti Marbury of Clayton County Police noted the 42-year-old man decided to leave home with his kids after the dispute. His wife and another child were following in another vehicle.
The report noted the car driven by the man swerved. It left the road and struck an embankment, according to Marbury. The wife and child in the car behind saw the crash. They were not injured.
The AJC article noted the man was trapped in his vehicle and died on impact, according to Marbury.
Two girls aged 13 and 5 who were in also in the car that wrecked were removed by emergency workers. They had “extensive” injuries. Both girls were reported to be in a critical condition at a local hospital.
This was a very tragic incident that highlights how passengers are often innocent victims in car and truck wrecks.
We have previously noted the rights of passengers in a car accident in Georgia. You can read our blog on this issue here.
As a passenger who is injured, you may be able to sue the driver of the car you were riding in, or the driver of another car who hit you, or both parties.
It is self-evident that passengers are seldom responsible for accidents that maim or injure them. However, damages may be reduced in certain circumstances such as if you got into a car with a driver who you knew had consumed alcohol.
More than half of the wrecks that occur on the highways of the United States involve a single vehicle.
If you have been injured in a Georgia car wreck due to the fault of another driver, please call the Law Office of Michael West at (404) 913-1529.