Augusta, Georgia, recorded another fatality following a two-vehicle collision on Mike Padgett Highway at McCombs Road. The traffic accident in Augusta happened on Thursday morning, September 16th. Illegal lane change appeared to be a factor in the crash.
According to a news report, the accident took place around 5:44 a.m. When Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrived at the crash site, they discovered the driver of the fault driver was heading north on Mike Padgett Highway before the collision. However, the vehicle left the northbound lane and traveled into the southbound lane, where it struck another car.
A passenger in the at-fault vehicle identified by Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen as Sarah Wright sustained severe injuries. The 61-year-old Sylvania resident was pronounced dead at the crash scene at about 6:49 a.m. The coroner’s office has scheduled an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
The traffic accident in Augusta led to the closure of the southbound lane of the highway. That same Thursday morning, a truck crashed into a highway barrier on Bobby Jones Expressway (520) near the exit ramp for Interstate 20. The accident recorded no injuries.
Under Georgia law, people who suffer injuries from a traffic accident are entitled to monetary compensation. The onus is on the at-fault driver to financially compensate the victims for their wounds and other losses. The settlement sum covers costs of medical treatment, lost wages, and emotional injuries.
If a victim feels the fault party was grossly negligent, they may opt for a lawsuit in hopes of getting punitive damages. While punitive damages are not compensatory, they serve as a punishment and deterrent to the fault driver and other road users, respectively.
Contact our Georgia car accident lawyers to find out how the compensation process works.