Fatal DeKalb County Wreck Reminds Us Of The Danger Of Rear-End Accidents
We often write off rear-end accidents as not being overly serious, however, even rear-end accidents that do not cause extensive vehicle damage can take a serious physical toll on drivers and passengers. Even relatively minor rear-end accidents can result in whiplash, neck and spine injuries, soft tissue injuries, herniated disks, migraine headaches, traumatic brain injuries, and more. However, a fatal rear-end accident that took place in the early morning hours on I-285 recently, serve as a tragic reminder that rear-end accidents should never be taken lightly, particularly on highways when it can be hard to see and react to vehicles rapidly approaching from behind you.
Rear-End Accident in Dekalb County Leaves Two Dead
According to police, a vehicle driven by a woman in her fifties was traveling on I-285. The vehicle also contained a female passenger who was also in her 50’s and a male passenger whose age was not provided. As the vehicle traveled on the highway, it was rear-ended by another vehicle which is believed to have been traveling at a high speed. The impact was so intense and forceful that the vehicle was “reduced to a hunk of metal.” According to officers who reported to the scene, both of the female passengers in the first vehicle died as a result of their injuries and were declared dead at the accident. The male passenger was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition, while the driver who rear-ended them was also taken to the hospital for treatment, but is not believed to have life threatening injuries. Police closed the affected lanes of I-285 for nearly five hours as they worked to investigate the scene and crews cleaned up the wreckage. Charges are currently pending against the second driver, who police believe was speeding at the time of the accident, however, the police are continuing to investigate the matter. No updates have been made as to the condition of the male passenger.
Suing for Rear-End Accidents
In order to bring a successful personal injury lawsuit, you must be able to demonstrate that the other party was negligent and that their negligence caused the accident and your harm. Negligence is a breach of the duty of care that is owed to all other drivers on the road. When drivers break the law, such as by speeding or driving under the influence, they are negligent. This means that they become liable for any harm that occurs as a result of their negligence. In rear-end accidents, speeding, distracted driving, and drunk driving, are often responsible. Which is to say that liability almost always falls on the party who rear-ended you–if it wasn’t your fault, it was probably theirs!
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If you have suffered serious injuries as the result of a rear-end accident or vehicle collision in Atlanta, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Cobb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, or anywhere in Georgia, Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers are ready to help. Contact our Fulton County personal injury lawyers today to schedule your free, personalized consultation.