A needless death at any age is devastating, but to lose a teenager because of the negligence of another person is indescribable. Many family members who have lost a child, parent or spouse as a result have filed a wrongful death lawsuit, in part, to hold the negligent individual responsible for his or her actions. A Georgia family will have the option to file a wrongful death lawsuit after the death of their 17-year-old son.
According to information in police reports, a 17-year-old driver was alarming his three passengers as he was driving erratically down the road. He crashed into a tree after losing control of the vehicle. The crash caused flames to erupt, engulfing the entire vehicle. A 911 call was made, but dispatchers had difficulty determining where the vehicle was located.
The passenger in the front was killed in the crash, and the other two in the back seat were injured but will recover. Police arrested the driver within 48 hours and charged him with a number of charges, including vehicular homicide and serious injury by vehicle. Police also believe he may have ingested something that impaired his reactions, but they are waiting on a toxicology report before making further allegations. The driver insists he is not guilty of any of the charges against him.
One family is mourning the loss of their precious child. One family will make the determination as to whether or not they will file a wrongful death lawsuit, seeking damages that may cover the income the boy was expected to make in the duration of his life, along with the funeral and burial costs and loss of companionship the family will have to endure. A Georgia attorney can explain time constraints and other legal limitations to a prospective client.