A fiery crash in Ocilla, Irwin County, Georgia, left three people dead two years ago. Now, a driver from east Georgia has been charged with second degree homicide by vehicle in connection with the truck accident. He has also been charged with following too closely as well as with driving too fast for conditions. Each of these charges is a misdemeanor.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, the truck driver failed to stop in time for road construction on Georgia Highway 32. He rear-ended eight vehicles that were stopped at the construction zone and the resulting vehicle fires killed three people: a woman from Ocilla, a man from Willacoochee and a man from Deland, Florida.
The criminal justice system is sometimes ill-equipped to handle cases in which a negligent driver causes death and devastation to so many. However, no matter what the outcome of a criminal trial in a fatal truck accident case, families of the victims do have rights in civil court to recover damages.
A motor vehicle accident attorney may be able to assist those who want to file a lawsuit to recover damages for the death of a loved one. Family members may be able to recover compensation for the loss of a loved one including loss of love and affection, loss of future financial support and pain and mental anguish related to the crash as well as medical bills, funeral expenses and other costs. An attorney may be able to explain the family’s options and help them decide on the best course of action to recover these damages.
Source: WALB, “Driver charged after triple fatal wreck,” May 1, 2013