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3 killed in head-on collision in Georgia

Police released details from a two-vehicle accident that took place in Glennville and left three people, including a local soldier who was based at Fort Stewart, dead. The Georgia State Patrol said the crash occurred around 12:20 a.m. on Aug. 7 when one of the vehicles crossed the center line and collided head on with the other vehicle.

The soldier, who was the driver of the vehicle that was hit, was killed in the accident. The 33-year-old driver and a 20-year-old passenger in the vehicle that allegedly caused the collision were also killed. A third passenger in the same vehicle was taken by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment. Police investigators took a blood-alcohol sample from the driver who is believed to have triggered the collision.

The family members of someone who was killed in a car accident caused by another driver's reckless or negligent actions may wish to file a wrongful death claim. A lawyer can provide advice to the family about the best courses of action to take in pursuing a claim. An attorney can also explain how the process of recovering compensation works, including handling discussions with the insurance company that held the policy for the at-fault driver in the case.

Plaintiffs may wish to discuss pursuing punitive damages against the at-fault party. The death of the at-fault party does not need to be an impediment toward seeking compensation from the insurance company or through a lawsuit against the at-fault party's estate. An attorney may be able to offer some insights into the full range of damages that a plaintiff might pursue, including medical and funeral costs, lost income and pain and suffering.

Source: WJCL, "Fatalities, details released in crash that killed local soldier", Christopher Buchanan, August 08, 2014

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