According to WSB-TV, police are investigating an explosive crash that resulted in three fatalities. The accident occurred at around 2:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning, when the car collided with an electric pole and then a tree before bursting into flames.
WTOC reports that speed may have been a factor in the wreck. By the time police arrived at the scene, the vehicle was already engulfed in flames, and officers surmise that an explosion had occurred because they found debris nearly 200 feet from the site.
Just before the crash, an officer allegedly saw a vehicle matching the description of the one in the crash traveling at a high rate of speed past the gas station where the officer was parked. Responders pronounced all three people who were in the vehicle at the time of the crash dead at the scene.
This accident is a tragic reminder that speeding and other reckless behaviors can have devastating consequences. If you or a member of your family sustained injuries in a crash with a negligent driver in Georgia, contact The Finnell Firm.
Robert Finnell has more than 37 years of experience representing personal-injury victims. Call 866-464-4017 to discuss your case with a Rome accident lawyer.
Can a Passenger Ever Be Liable for a Car Accident?
If you were a passenger in a single- or multi-vehicle collision, you are most likely not at fault. Unless you forcibly took control of the wheel or covered the driver's eyes while the vehicle was in motion, you are not liable for any damages.
All drivers have a duty not to behave in a way that endangers the lives of their passengers and other road users. This is called the duty of due care, and if a driver breaches this duty of care by speeding or breaking other laws, then he or she will be liable for any injuries, death or property damage that results.
It is often easier for passengers to claim damages than it is for drivers because passengers are rarely liable. Depending on the facts of the case, a passenger could file a lawsuit against the driver of his or her vehicle or the driver of another vehicle.
If you were a passenger in a multi-vehicle collision, your attorney might advise you to file a lawsuit against all drivers involved, because each motorist could be partially responsible for the crash and any subsequent injuries. If you were not wearing your seat belt at the time of the collision, you may still file a lawsuit; however, it may be more difficult for you to recover full compensation for your injuries.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, additional parties may also shoulder some of the liability. For example, the vehicle manufacturer might be responsible for a malfunctioning airbag, or a local government agency may have failed to maintain the roads adequately.
If you sustained serious injuries as a passenger and want to discuss your options with an accident lawyer, turn to The Finnell Firm. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule an initial consultation with a Rome personal-injury attorney.