Two boys, aged 6 and 12, were killed in a Georgia car accident involving a collision between a tractor-trailer and an SUV. According to a news report in The Dalton Daily Citizen, the fatal truck accident occurred on Old U.S. 411 and Georgia 136 in Murray the morning of January 4, 2013. Officials say a GMC Envoy may have failed to stop at a stop sign before colliding with the tractor-trailer. The two children were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Their 39-year-old mother and 13-year-old relative were hospitalized. The 41-year-old truck driver was also taken to a nearby facility for treatment.
Many Georgia traffic accidents occur at intersections. It is crucial for everyone’s safety for motorists to obey all traffic control devices. According to Georgia Statute 40-6-72: “Every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop…After stopping, the driver shall yield the right of way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another roadway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when such driver is moving across or within the intersection or junction of roadways.”
When a driver fails to stop at a stop sign, he or she can be held accountable for the resulting injuries and fatalities. In such cases, compensation may be available for funeral expenses, lost future wages, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and a number of other related losses. It’s not just the cost of their death that you can recover, but the value of their life.
It is not always clear how an accident occurred or who should be held accountable for the collision. Anyone who has lost a loved one in a Georgia crash would be well advised to discuss his or her legal right and options with a reputed Atlanta car accident attorney. Our lawyers at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., can help you understand your legal rights and options.