A night of fun can quickly turn into a nightmare when a driver is drunk. Thousands of people lose their lives every year around the country and in Georgia from accidents involving drunk drivers. Everyone has heard the warnings that drunk driving can increase the probability of having a car accident, but some people still don't heed those warnings.
A 19-year-old, who apparently lost control of his vehicle in Talmo, may have been one of the people not listening. By the time his vehicle had come to a rest, he had run into a fence and a tree. Despite the efforts of medical personnel at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, the 21-year-old passenger died. The driver has now been charged with DUI, having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, vehicular homicide in the first degree and related accusations.
Two families have been torn apart by this accident. The teenage driver is now facing prison time, possibly squelching any plans he had for the future, and the passenger who died has been robbed of any kind of future. As one family prepares to bury a loved one, another has to face the harsh reality of a teenage boy's allegedly bad decision.
In the aftermath of this car accident, the family of the deceased passenger will be faced with many difficult hurdles. One of those hurdles will be to decide whether to file a wrongful death action against the teenage boy who was driving the car that night. Intertwined with that decision is the unknown outcome of the criminal charges pending against the driver, the results of which could affect a wrongful death action. Should a conviction be obtained, the outcome of the criminal charges could be used in a wrongful death action as proof of negligence on the part of the driver. Due to this and other considerations, the family may benefit from seeking advice on the best way to handle any civil action they decide to take.
Source: AccessNorthGa.com, "Charges filed in fatal Talmo accident," Katie Crumley, Aug. 8, 2012