Georgia State Police recently responded to a horrific collision between a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer. The auto accident is still being investigated, but one person has suggested a cause of the fatal wreck. The vehicle was transporting two adults and three children at the time of the wreck.
A 34-year-old mother was traveling on a Georgia highway when she veered across travel lanes and a median strip before smashing head-on into an 18-wheeler. The impact killed the woman and her 8-year-old daughter. A 53-year-old grandfather who was accompanied by his 13-year-old grandson were also passengers who died as a result of the collision. A third child, who was 2, was extracted from the wreckage alive, but he later died at a hospital.
The youngest child was reportedly in a safety seat but was unable to survive his injures. It is unknown whether any of the other occupants were properly restrained. The truck driver, who was not a at fault in this wreck, was also injured in the crash and is reportedly in stable condition, though it was not released as to the nature of his wounds. A person close to the woman driver stated that she suffered from epilepsy and may have experienced a seizure while driving. Georgia officials have stated they are waiting for blood work to be returned before they make any official determination as to the cause for this tragic event.
Three separate families have now been forever changed by this one auto accident since the grandfather and grandson were friends of the driver but are not believed to have been related. The truck driver may have long-lasting health consequences after being injured in the wreck. The family who has lost their father and son may decide to file wrongful death suits against the estate of the driver. Additionally, the truck driver may make a similar choice in regard to a personal injury suit. If the suits are successful, then monetary compensation may allow the financial costs to be eliminated without further compounding the emotional and physical suffering.
Source: ajc.com, “Five dead in Hall County wreck”, Alexis Stevens, July 2, 2014