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Tragic Rollover Crash on I-85 in Duluth Ends in Tragedy

hibiscusA Duluth family is mourning the loss of a mother of two who was killed in a rollover crash on Interstate 85 earlier this month.

The woman was running errands with her husband and their two young children in the family’s SUV on I-85 when the collision occurred.

Police say the accident occurred when a tractor-trailer forced the family’s SUV out of its lane and into a box truck traveling next to them. The force of the initial impact was so great that the SUV then flipped several times and travelled over the guardrail before coming to rest on the on-ramp at Steve Reynolds Boulevard.

The woman was ejected from the SUV, and later died as a result of her injuries. The children were transported to the local children’s hospital, and were accompanied by their father.

Authorities revealed that the driver of the tractor-trailer did not stop at the scene of the accident. Luckily, however, the driver was later tracked down in Cobb County, and was interviewed by police. Police reported that the crash is still under investigation and it remains unclear what, if any, charges will be filed.

Under Georgia law, drivers are held liable for the collisions that they cause when they breach a legal duty. For example, negligent drivers are subject to liability when their reckless driving results in accidental injury. These drivers are deemed to be at fault because their failure to exercise due caution directly resulted in harm. Common examples of this sort of liability arise in situations where drivers are speeding excessively, are intoxicated, drive aggressively, fail to yield, or drive in other ways which are not in accordance with how a typical safe driver might proceed.

In this case, there seems to be evidence that the truck that initially nicked the SUV may have been at fault. While it is unclear why the initial collision occurred, fatigue is a common reason that truck drivers become involved in collisions. When truck drivers are to blame for causing accidents, the individuals whom they injure could potentially have a claim against their employer. Potentially recoverable expenses include things such as hospital or other medical bills, future lost earnings, pain, suffering, anguish, lost relationship, reasonable funeral expenses, etc. An experienced Atlanta car accident attorney can fully advise you regarding the potential recovery to which you may be entitled as a result of your collision.

If you have been injured, or a loved one has been killed in a car accident, due to another individual’s negligent driving, you should consult with an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney immediately. Stephen Ozcomert is a knowledgeable personal injury attorney with over 20 years of experience, and is skilled at representing individuals and their families who have been injured as a result of the negligent or reckless driving of others in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. Hiring our firm ensures that you will receive personal attention, excellent quality representation, and that your case will be handled in accordance with high ethical standards.  Contact us today in order to schedule your free initial consultation. You can reach us by calling (404)-370-1000 or through our website.

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