- posted: Jan. 01, 2015
- Personal Injury
A 15-year-old fugitive now has even more legal trouble coming his way after causing an accident in East Point, Georgia. Police say that the teen driver was attempting to escape police pursuit in his vehicle and was driving recklessly on the city streets when he reportedly hit the broadside of a vehicle being driven by a 29-year-old woman.
The accident caused a chain reaction in which a third vehicle was also hit. Five people, including the teen driver and the 29-year-old woman, were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. The woman passed away as a result of her injuries.
According to police, the teen had stolen the vehicle in which he was fleeing, which was the initial cause of the chase. Rather than stop and comply with officers, he attempted to make his escape, which soon turned deadly. To make matters worse, it was discovered that he was drunk behind the wheel after police finally got him into custody. Now he is being charged as an adult in the death of the 29-year-old woman, and faces charges of DUI, murder and eight other crimes.
In such a case, the family of the deceased woman may also have recourse to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. This would enable the family to recover financial compensation for the loss of their loved one. To be successful in such a case, they would have to be able to prove that negligence on the part of the teen driver caused their loved one’s death. If attorneys are successfully able to prove that the driver was under the influence and was engaging in reckless behavior behind the wheel, it would most likely constitute negligence.
For more information on how to proceed with a personal injury claim after getting into a serious car accident, speak with an experienced lawyer at McMenamy Law, LLC in Atlanta.