Authorities say that a second person recently died as a result of a head-on collision in Liberty County.
Another man, a solider stationed at Fort Stewart, died at the scene of the accident. The passenger in the vehicle with the solider had to be life-flighted to a nearby hospital in Savannah.
According to authorities, the person who recently died was traveling on a two-lane road in the lane reserved for oncoming traffic. It was not clear why he was traveling against traffic at the time of the collision, but he ran his pickup head-on into the soldier’s Malibu. The driver of a semi was also involved in the accident, but he was not physically injured.
Police will no doubt continue to investigate this tragic car accident and may uncover additional information about what caused it. Of course, motorists in Georgia know that it is illegal, and unsafe, to cross the center of a road and drive in oncoming traffic.
Just the same, families may wonder what the victims in this case can do since the person who drove the wrong way died in the accident.
In such cases, Georgia’s wrongful death or personal injury statutes would still allow a victim, or the family, to pursue a claim. However, the victims may have to file a claim against the negligent driver’s estate.
Likewise, they still be able to pursue compensation from the deceased person’s insurance company at the time of the accident, but they will need to contact the insurance company.
It is possible to recover compensation even when the negligent driver dies in an accident, at this circumstances happens more than one might think. However, it is often easier to do so with professional legal help.