Two people passed away and several people sustained injuries following a motor vehicle collision on Interstate 20 on Sunday afternoon, March 14. The crash led to a delay in eastbound traffic for hours.
The preliminary crash report showed that the accident happened at about 4:30 p.m. between Social Circle and Covington. According to Cpl. Cal Barton of the Georgia State Patrol, an unknown vehicle model, traveled to the west on the left lane of the interstate.
The vehicle failed to maintain its lane, struck the rear, and left a Chrysler 200 sedan side. The car was headed west in the right lane. When the first vehicle overcorrected to the left, it went through the median and struck an eastbound Toyota truck.
Two occupants of the Toyota died, and the Chrysler driver survived with injuries. Medics airlifted the motorist to a hospital in Atlanta for treatment. The GSP did not disclose the extent of the injuries suffered by the driver.
Barton said the GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team responded at the scene, and charges are pending. He noted that it remains unknown if either of the drivers involved in the motor vehicle collision on Interstate 20 was impaired. The investigators have not released the names of the victims.
In motor vehicle accidents with side proof of impairment, the at-fault driver would likely face criminal charges and a civil lawsuit. Depending on the case’s facts, the offenses could be driving under the influence, hit-and-run, or manslaughter.
At other times, it could be traffic offenses like running red lights, driving without insurance, or driving with an expired license. Also, the victim can sue the at-fault driver to get compensation for the loss suffered. It would be best to contact a Georgia car accident lawyer in any of these instances.