A recent accident in a rural area north of Atlanta left two people dead and one person hospitalized for injuries.
The accident happened in the nighttime hours on a state highway which police indicated was not well lit. A driver who was heading south on the highway without warning crossed over into oncoming traffic after swerving erratically.
The vehicle slammed into an oncoming SUV, which was coming from the opposite direction, at 50 miles per hour. The driver of the SUV passed away from her injuries shortly after rescuers took her to a nearby hospital. Authorities also took her passenger to the same hospital for treatment.
The man who had swerved into the SUV died at the scene of the accident. According to reports, the man suffered from a heart attack shortly before he lost control of his vehicle.
A driver who experiences a medical condition can still be negligent
At first glance, it might seem that this car accident was just an unavoidable tragedy, which means that the driver’s estate, or his insurance company, would not owe compensation to the victims.
However, even if a medical emergency like a heart attack contributes to an accident, it doesn’t mean that the driver was not legally negligent.
For example, if the driver in this case knew he had a problem with his heart or was not taking prescribed medication, then the victims may be able to claim negligence and receive compensation.
Likewise, if the driver knew he was getting sick and did not pull over when he had the chance, he could be negligent.
Cases like this recent tragedy will often require a careful investigation and a thorough evaluation of a victim’s legal options.