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2 killed, 2 injured in north Georgia wreck

Two people were killed and two others were injured in a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Georgia, near the Tennessee border, on the morning of July 11. Investigators say a Ford Mustang headed west on Interstate 24 drove into the median, slid sideways and collided with a vehicle in the eastbound lanes. The impact caused the Mustang to strike two other vehicles, one of which flipped.

While speaking with local media, a trooper with the Georgia State Patrol said he suspected the crash took place at 'interstate speeds." All four vehicles involved in the wreck contained a single occupant. Investigators are still uncertain what caused the driver of the Mustang, a woman from Wisconsin, to drive across the median. She reportedly had a cellphone in her hand as her body was extricated from the Mustang.

Several motorists stopped got out of their vehicles to call 911 or offer assistance in the aftermath of the accident. One victim suffered minor injuries and another was hospitalized in serious condition. The people injured in the car accident may consider filing personal injury suits against the deceased driver's estate.

In order to win restitution for their clients, personal injury attorneys must convince juries that the respective accidents in question were caused by other drivers' negligence. Texting or talking on a cellphone, intoxication, speeding and reckless driving are some behaviors for which a driver may be found liable for an accident in a civil suit. In the incident recounted earlier, the fact that the driver of the Mustang crossed over the median could serve as evidence against her by itself in subsequent civil litigation. If retained, lawyers for the injured victims of that crash might also rely on witness statements and details from the police report in building cases against the estate of the Mustang driver.

Source: News Channel 9, "Accident Kills Two On I-24 Near GA State Line", Drew Bollea, July 11, 2014

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