A motor vehicle collision in Oconee County involving a pickup and a passenger vehicle claimed the life of one person. The collision in Oconee County occurred on Tuesday evening, July 6th. According to the Georgia State Patrol, the crash happened when one of the vehicles crossed from the northbound lane into the southbound lane.
The state patrol stated that the accident involved a 1998 Ford Ranger and a 2015 Honda CRV. The preliminary investigation revealed that the northbound Ford crossed into the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 441 south of Bishop. The Honda then crashed into the vehicle on the passenger side at about 7 p.m.
The passenger at the collision point, 52-year-old Jeffrie Rivers, a resident of Eatonton, Putnam County, died from the injuries sustained in the accident. The driver of the pickup, 64-year-old Carnell Porter of Madison, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The Honda driver, 72-year-old Sidney Luke, of Elberton, and his passenger, 68-year-old Kathy Luke, also suffered injuries.
Medics conveyed all three survivors to an Athens hospital for treatment. The state patrol said charges are pending, and the investigation remains active. There is no additional information.
Motor vehicle collisions are among the leading causes of death in the United States. When a traffic accident occurs in Georgia, the law enforcement agency investigates to determine the cause of the accident. Finding the cause helps identify who is at fault and allows the victim to know who to file a personal injury claim against.
Georgia modified comparative negligence rule would apply in situations where both parties involved in the accident are at fault for the occurrence. Here, the victim’s liability would have to be less than 50%; else, they will have to forfeit the damages.
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