Crashes that claim the lives of children are one of the saddest things any family can deal with. In a tragic crash in July in Georgia, a 10-month-old child died after a wreck that killed his mother.
The crash occurred in Monroe County South of Atlanta. William M. Foster had been the only survivor in a wreck that killed his mother, Carole Foster, and Howard Zach.
The baby died in Monroe County at a local hospital four days after the wreck that claimed the life of the others in the car.
A fatal head-on accident was reported on July 12 on Highway 83 North in Monroe County. The baby was properly restrained in a car seat in the back center seat at the time of the wreck, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the child suffered from critical injuries in the head-on collision and was transported to the hospital, where he was stabilized. He was later flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, according to the sheriff’s office.
Georgia sees far too many fatal crashes. Statistically, head-on crashes are more likely to be deadly for drivers and passengers than most other types of wrecks.
Georgia Department of Transportation reports recent moves to reduce the number of deaths on the roads of Georgia were unsuccessful. In 2017, there were 1550 deaths recorded on the state’s roads. Georgia has a target of reducing roads fatalities by 41 or more each year. However, the number of traffic deaths in 2018 compares to a low of 1170 in 2014.
GDOT is pressing ahead with its “Drive Alert Arrive Alive” campaign in 2018. The state expanded the program by setting up strategic partnerships with local media. It also takes part in the Highway Safety Improvement Program and seeks to use data to tackle the problem of rising road deaths in Georgia.
Why Are Head-On Accidents so Deadly in Georgia?
Head-on accidents combine the forward motion of both vehicles, meaning the impact during a wreck is typically more extreme. In recent months, Georgia has seen a series of terrible head-on crashes.
In June, five people died in a head-on collision on Interstate 16 near Savannah. Head-on crashes on divided roads are more unusual that collisions on roads with a center line. Most head-on collisions occur on rural roads.
However, in June a Ford Mustang heading west on the interstate inexplicably crossed a median and crashes into a Kia Soul in the eastbound lanes near Pooler. The accident occurred at 6 a.m. just before the morning rush when commuters head into Savannah to work.
If a loved one has lost their life in a head-on crash or another type of traffic crash in Georgia, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver or their insurance company. Please talk to our experienced Georgia car crash lawyers for more information at (404) 913-1529.