The Georgia State Patrol has announced another fatal and horrific crash on the state's roads. The accident occurred on I-75 in Henry County at about 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 10. The precise circumstances remain unknown, but it involved two vehicles that apparently collided on the interstate in the northbound lanes. As often happens in such catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, a second major crash occurred in the southbound lanes within minutes of the first.
The first crash involved a sedan and an SUV. The SUV flipped over several times on the highway and ejected all nine passengers. The driver of the sedan was not ejected but did suffer injuries. The nine passengers in the SUV consisted of six children and three adults. The passengers all apparently suffered injuries and an 11-year-old girl was killed, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
In the second crash, a vehicle rear-ended a box truck near the fatal crash scene. It is unknown whether there were injuries in the rear-end collision. The extent of the injuries of those in the first accident remain unknown pending further investigations and public reports. In this type of incident, each injured passenger can make a claim for damages against the driver of the SUV and the driver of the sedan, but only if both vehicles were negligent contributors to the crash. Claims may be successfully pursued only against a driver who was partly or solely at fault.
At this point, there are insufficient facts to know whether one or both drivers were negligent in causing the accident. A fair determination of fault will likely not occur until the conclusion of the Georgia State Patrol investigation and its issuance of a report. Forensic experts may become involved in the unraveling of the accident's cause under the authority of the state patrol, as is the case in most fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Source: cbs46.com, "11-year-old child killed, 8 others ejected in crash on I-75 in Henry County", May 10, 2018