Most of the time in these posts, when we encounter accounts of car accidents the cause is often attributable to negligence. There are higher levels of culpable behavior behind the wheel, though, one of which is recklessness.
A recent case illustrates the difference: what happens when a driver causes a multi-car accident while driving in the wrong direction on a Georgia highway? What if we add to this real-life scenario that the wrong-way driver deliberately entered that way? Would such behavior be ordinary negligence, or recklessness?
Although no drivers died at the scene of the accident (in which the admittedly suicidal driver hit two other cars), one person, the suicidal woman in question, is in critical condition. The condition of another driver taken to the hospital was unclear at the time of the news account, but was less serious.
And although the Atlanta District Attorney’s office has claimed that it can charge her with nothing more than reckless driving and wrong-way driving, any victim of this incident will likely have a solid personal injury claim, which would survive against the estate of the person who caused the accident if she does not survive her injuries.
Causes of car accidents are
varied and unpredictable. Regardless of how unusual the
underlying facts may be, your ability to recover
compensation for injury, property damage or the death of a
loved one is something that your personal injury attorney
may help you to make use of.