Reportedly, that is when a 2008 BMW struck the rear of the couple’s 2004 Ford Explorer, causing the SUV to careen down an embankment adjacent to the roadway. Officials at the scene of the crash declared both the husband and the wife dead. The driver of the BMW, a 50-year-old man, was detained following the crash on suspicion of impaired driving. According to the Georgia State Patrol, multiple charges may be filed against the man.
If the GSP investigation were to reveal that the driver of the BMW was in fact intoxicated at the time of the incident involving the married couple, then he may face more than just criminal repercussions. In addition, he might also be named in a wrongful death lawsuit connected with the Oct. 30 accident. For, the families of motorists killed in traffic accidents causally linked to drunk driving may retain a lawyer and seek to hold the at-fault driver liable for the fatal incident. A personal injury lawyer representing the victims’ family may cite negligence in such a lawsuit if there is significant proof that impaired driving was a factor in the crash. The damages sought in such a lawsuit may be substantial.
For, deceased victims’ families, via civil action, may seek restitution for the myriad losses they suffered in relation to the sudden and unforeseen death of their loved one. These may include funeral costs, burial costs, estate administration costs as well as lost earnings if the decedents had contributed income to dependents.
Source: The Daily Herald , “Columbia Central grad dies in Georgia car accident”, November 01, 2014