When an individual is seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident and the driver of the vehicle dies, the injured party may think that he or she does not have many options for pursuing compensation. However, other parties apart from the driver considered at fault for a car accident may be held liable. Individuals may be able to file a claim against the estate of the deceased driver, the owner of the vehicle and/or other parties. Information on how to do so may be helpful.
A serious accident recently took place in Georgia that claimed the life of the vehicle’s driver. It was reported that a 19-year-old male was driving a vehicle when he failed to remain on the roadway and drove into the grassy median. The vehicle reportedly overturned multiple times.
The driver of the vehicle suffered fatal injuries, and the accident caused at least three individuals to be ejected. Two of those individuals were treated and released from the hospital, but a 17-year-old passenger was considered to be in critical condition at the time of earlier reports. Updates did not have additional information on that individual’s medical condition, and there was also no information available on the condition of a fifth occupant of the vehicle.
Though the driver involved in the single-car crash died as a result, the family of the seriously injured teenager may be able to seek compensation for medical bills and other damages. Information on personal injury claims and professional assistance in determining what party or parties may be named as defendants in a civil claim arising from a car accident may help individuals who are interested in pursuing legal action. Filing a civil claim could allow them to pursue reparations for damages permitted under Georgia law.
Source: wrdw.com, “UPDATE| Burke County students remember teen killed in crash”, May 10, 2015