It is not uncommon for head-on collisions to have devastating outcomes. These car accidents have a tendency to cause fatalities, even if vehicles are not traveling at excessive speeds. In many cases, families are left to determine what actions they would like to take in order to handle the aftermath of such a tragic event.
It was recently reported that a head-on crash took place in Alabama. Details on how the accident occurred were not given in the report, but it was noted that two vehicles were involved. The collision took place at approximately 7:20 a.m., and the drivers of both vehicles were reported as being 16 years old. There were at least two passengers under the age of 10 in one of the vehicles.
The incident resulted in the driver of the one car and a 5-year-old passenger in the other car suffering fatal injuries. Additionally, the other driver and a 9-year-old passenger were taken from the scene to an area hospital for undisclosed injuries. At the time of the report, state police were still investigating the fatal incident.
Due to the outcomes of this tragic event, the possibility exists that legal claims could potentially be filed. If the deceased driver is considered at fault for the Alabama accident, the family of the injured survivors and deceased child could have grounds to file wrongful death claims against that driver's estate and other parties considered responsible. If the surviving driver is deemed responsible for the crash, the family of the deceased driver may have reason to take similar actions. The outcomes of the investigation will undoubtedly play a role in any resulting legal steps taken.
Source: al.com, "Head-on crash kills teen driver and a 5-year-old child", Carol Robinson, Oct. 12, 2017