When Georgia teenagers are killed in motor vehicle collisions, it affects entire communities. Parents, fellow students, teachers and others feel the pain and sorrow of the loss of young lives. Car accidents are often avoidable and can be caused by a driver's negligence or recklessness. Sadly, the consequences may include serious injury or even death.
A recent tragedy occurred that involved two teenagers who were walking together on a sidewalk. A passing car veered out of control, careened up over the sidewalk and struck the pedestrians. One of them, a 15-year-old, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other, age 16, was taken to a hospital for treatment but later succumbed to her injuries.
The mother of one of the girls said that they were going to buy some snacks to share while enjoying a movie night. She wonders how a motorist could be so careless as to run them over. The crash was deemed to have been caused by two men, who had apparently engaged in a car chase after one allegedly failed to pay a debt to the other.
Both drivers were charged with vehicular homicide. One of them was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison. Aside from any criminal charges that might be filed in the aftermath of car accidents, immediate family members who survive the loss of loved ones can also choose to file wrongful death claims in civil court. Anyone in Georgia considering filing such a claim will no doubt want to discuss the matter with an experienced personal injury lawyer.