A 20-year-old woman was put on life support and four others were injured in an Atlanta car accident when her Honda Passport was sent into the path of an oncoming Ford-150 by a box truck. According to a news report in The Newnan Times-Herald, the truck accident occurred on Highway 16 near Martin Mill Road in Coweta County. Officials say the 28-year-old driver of the box truck was traveling too closely and struck the Honda from behind. The Honda was sent into oncoming traffic where it collided with the Ford head-on.
The 20-year-old driver of the Honda is on life support. Her 2-year-old daughter has been released and the hospital says her 13-year-old sister is said to be in stable condition. The driver of the Ford-150 was taken to the hospital as was his passenger but both have been released. The driver of the box truck refused treatment and was charged with following too closely.
Drivers who follow too closely put themselves and everyone else on the roadway at risk. According to Georgia Code 40-6-49: “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.”
Following too closely is a form of negligence and negligent drivers can be held accountable for the damages they cause. Victims of careless and reckless motorists would be well advised to seek out legal guidance. Financial support may be available for the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Costs of physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
Even in cases in which it is clear who was responsible for the accident, there is a chance that the at-fault driver’s insurance will deny the claim. In accidents involving serious injuries, it is necessary to have legal guidance to ensure that fair compensation is offered for all of the current and future losses related to the accident. Please contact an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer to obtain more information regarding your legal rights and options.