Two women are dead and a male passenger who was also traveling in their vehicle is in critical condition after they were rear-ended on I-285 in Dekalb County at around 3:45 in the morning. Police stated that their vehicle was traveling on I-285 when it was rear-ended at a high speed by another vehicle. Authorities stated that the impact caused the initial vehicle to be “reduced to a hunk of metal.” The female driver and a female passenger who were both in their 50s died of their injuries at the scene of the accident, while a male passenger was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. The driver of the other vehicle was also transported to the hospital for injuries that were not believed to be life threatening. Charges are currently pending against the driver who caused this fatal collision, as police believe his high speed was a factor in causing the crash. However, an investigation into the accident continues, and I-285 was shut down for nearly five hours while authorities and crews cleared and investigated the scene. No updates have yet been released on the condition of the third passenger. It is believed all drivers and passengers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Suing for Rear-End Accidents
When a driver acts negligently, they breach the duty of care that is owed to all other drivers on the road, and become liable for any harm that occurs as a result. In the above case, if the driver was driving in excess of the speed limit, as alleged, then he would be negligent and will be responsible for any harm that occurred as a result of his high rate of speed. Generally, rear-end accidents are not the most serious, but they can still cause serious injuries like whiplash, soft tissue injuries, and spinal cord injuries. As this case demonstrates though, rear-end accidents can also be fatal. If you have been rear-ended and have suffered serious injuries as a result, you are entitled to recover for your damages by bringing a personal injury lawsuit. The good news about bringing a claim for a rear-end accident is that liability is often pretty cut and dry, almost always falling on the party who rear-ended the other. This can make the determination of liability and the process for recovery more clear and efficient than in other kinds of accidents. The best thing you can do if you have been involved in this kind of accident is to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible so that they can help you navigate the insurance claims process and give you a clear sense of your legal options.
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