Georgia law enforcement officers are shaking their heads over an especially deadly crash in Newton County, Georgia, on April 9, 2023.
A pick-up truck and a van collided head-on about 40 miles southeast of Atlanta on State Highway 142 just after 3:00 p.m. All five individuals in the van were killed almost instantly. The driver of the pick-up truck suffered serious injuries and was taken to Piedmont Newton Hospital in critical condition.
Officers at the scene were struck by the injuries and the number of dead. One officer said that he had never seen so much destruction in a single accident. He said the destruction was “pretty devastating” to everyone on the scene. The cause of the accident was not immediately known, but one officer suggested that rainy weather could have played a part in causing the accident.
Claims for damages
The families of the five individuals who were killed may have claims for what is known as “wrongful death.” The exact nature of these claims will not be known until fault for the accident is determined. If the driver of the pick-up was responsible, all five families of the individuals riding in the van (the number “five” assumes that none of the passengers in the van were related to each other) may have wrongful death claims. If the driver of the pick-up was at fault, the claims of the families of the persons who died in the van would be made against him.
Sorting everything out
In a complex, multi-party accident such as this one, the services of an experienced personal injury attorney may be needed to evaluate the evidence and make a preliminary determination of which driver is responsible. Also, the accident reconstruction team from the Georgia Highway Department will undoubtedly use accident reconstruction techniques to help identify the responsible party.