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Head-on car accident takes the life of Gainesville man

Every time a car accident robs a family of a loved one, it is tragic to say the very least. The emotional pain and grief of such an experience can haunt a family for a long time, if not forever. According to data from the Georgia Department of Transportation, car accident fatalities appear to be a rising problem in the state.

Over a 10-year period from 2008 through 2017, the number of accident deaths topped out at 1,561 in 2016. Reports occurring in 2017 showed only a minor improvement with 1,549 accident fatalities. Fortunately, these tragedies usually occur outside of Gainesville, but a recent fatal car accident has hit a little closer to home.

According to a sheriff's office employee, a recent Forsyth County head-on collision resulted in the death of a 59-year-old Gainesville man. Reportedly, the 16-year-old driver of a Chevy Malibu crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a Pontiac Grand Prix in which the victim was a passenger. The teen motorist and the driver of the Grand Prix suffered nonlife-threatening injuries in the car accident.

The sheriff's office indicated that the accident is under investigation and that charges against the teen may be filed depending its outcome. If you look at the news report alone, it appears that negligent driving caused the victim's death. However, it is important not to jump to conclusions in the face of tragedy.

When crash investigations do uncover negligence, bereaved family members may feel they need more closure than criminal charges can provide. The law offers victims of wrongful death due to a car accident several options to hold responsible parties to account and help them cope with their loss.

Source: Forsyth County News, "Gainesville man killed in head-on collision involving teen," Alexander Popp, April 23, 2018

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