Cars have been on Georgia roadways in ever increasing numbers for well over 100 years. As the number of vehicles has increased so has the potential for accidents as the roadways become more crowded. Defensive driving is taught as a way to combat the chance of an accident happening. When a car crosses the center line into oncoming traffic there are not many defensive maneuvers to take and tragic motor vehicle accidents can be the result.

Such was the case on a recent evening in an Atlanta suburb. A young expectant mother, her 2-year-old son and her husband were on their way to possibly visit friends, go shopping or may even have been on their way home. The mother was driving when a vehicle coming from the opposite direction crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic. The vehicle side swiped one car then slammed head-on into the pickup truck driven by the young mother.

All of the occupants of the truck were transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. It was later determined that the woman’s unborn child had not survived the crash. The father was said to be in stable condition, but the condition of the toddler and the mother were unknown. Police at the scene reported that the driver of the other vehicle may have been under the influence at the time of the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

No one expects a family outing to end in tragedy. A simple outing to a friend’s house or a store should not put one’s life or the life of one’s family in jeopardy. But sadly accidents do happen and sometimes with tragic outcomes. A person experiencing such a loss in Georgia may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can review the circumstances of motor vehicle accidents and help the client to understand the legal options that may be available.