After the Labor Day holiday weekend, it was likely not anticipated that a weekend later in the month would result in so much tragedy around the Atlanta area. A series of accidents over the weekend that resulted in ten deaths, has stunned the community. Any time we have loss of life on our roads and highways, we all feel sorrow for the family and friends that have lost a treasured life. But when children are involved, our grief is felt even more intensely.
In a terrible tragedy on I-20 in Douglas County, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a child was killed and several others were injured and sent to various hospitals in our area. As an Atlanta auto accident attorney I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of this child. There is no greater loss than this type of loss in the life of a parent.
This crash was apparently the result of an SUV driver who suddenly tried to exit on Georgia 92 and flipped in the process. A seven year-old child was ejected and killed. Two of his siblings (also ejected) sustained serious injuries. The officers on the scene were reportedly shaken up by this horrific scene. One of the children is expected to live and has no brain injury. However, another is on life support at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. Other injured minors include a 15 and a 13 year-old.
Reports indicated that only the driver (a family friend) and the 15 year-old were wearing seat belts. The investigation into the accident is continuing and it is not determined yet whether any charges will be filed.
In the series of accidents that occurred over the weekend, fatal injuries were sustained by those riding motorcycles, bicycles and in motor vehicles. You can read about some of these on our blog Georgia on Two Wheels.
The other incidents involving serious injury and fatal injury included the death of a 16-year-old in Coweta County. A 17-year-old driver apparently overturned in a single vehicle crash. Two other teens in this crash were injured.
A driver lost control of his vehicle while changing lanes on I-285 southbound and it overturned as well. He lost his life on the way to the hospital.
A young driver died on I-75 in Whitfield County when his vehicle blew a tire, resulting in loss of control and a fatal collision with a tree. As we have noted in prior posts, single-vehicle crashes often involve fatality as road departure can result in colliding with immoveable objects, such as trees and guard rails.
In another fatal crash, a man driving a pick up truck with one passenger in the vehicle, crossed the center line and went off the road on County Line Road. Both were ejected from the truck, neither was wearing a seatbelt and the driver passed away. The passenger was airlifted to the hospital.
When injury strikes a family, it is difficult to get through without support. For two decades, our law firm has been dedicated to providing legal support and medical guidance after serious injury. Please contact me at my law offices for a free consultation about your motor vehicle or other accident. I will speak with you personally and there is no fee for this evaluation.