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Wrong way fatal accident kills 5 in Georgia, 2 seriously injured

Preliminary evidence suggests that a devastating fatal car accident in Troup County was caused by a wrong way driver that had been drinking. The Georgia State Patrol announced that the tragedy occurred on Feb. 8 in the evening hours. In all, five people were killed, including the driver thought responsible for the fatal accident. Two teenagers were also seriously injured.

Georgia authorities say the evidence suggests the wrong way driver was in the process of passing another vehicle near the crest of a hill. To do so, he was driving in the southbound lane while headed north. As he crested the hill, he collided with a southbound car driven by a 23-year-old woman. Both drivers perished in the crash, and three passengers in the woman's vehicle were also killed, including a 1-year-old. Two other passengers in the same car, ages 18 and 15, suffered critical injuries and were airlifted to separate Georgia medical facilities.

The Georgia State Patrol continues to investigate the crash. A spokesman indicated that the wrong way driver is also suspected of driving under the influence. A blood draw was arranged in order to obtain a toxicology report.

All too often, a wrong way crash on Georgia roadways results in a fatal accident, and this collision was particularly devastating. The families of those in the southbound vehicle must now struggle to cope with the immense tragedy. A lawsuit against the estate of a dead driver may be one of the last things on their minds, though they will also have to confront the escalating expenses these types of motor vehicle accidents typically engender. The two injured victims will likely have significant medical expenses and other costs as they fight to overcome their injuries. Personal injury and wrongful death claims against the estate of the wrong way driver, as well as any separate owner of the vehicle he was driving, could provide the opportunity to seek reimbursement for any financial damages sustained.

Source: Examiner.com, "Five people, including 1-year-old, killed in wrong-way crash in Troup County," Kimathi Lewis, Feb. 9, 2013

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