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Georgia motorcyclist killed in collision

A Nov. 30 traffic accident reportedly claimed the life of a 24-year-old motorcyclist. According to authorities, the crash occurred in Buckhead, where county officials have charged a driver suspected to be involved in the crash with second-degree vehicular homicide and failure to yield the right of way.

There was not immediate indication of alcohol or other driver impairment in connection with the collision, authorities reported. Purportedly, the southbound motorcyclist was struck by a northbound Chevrolet Tahoe whose driver failed to yield the right of way while making a left turn. Police indicated that the SUV driver did not notice the motorcyclist traveling in the opposite lane.

While criminal charges are reportedly pending in connection with this crash, any criminal proceedings related to this incident would not preclude eligible family members of the deceased man from pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit that seeks financial compensation for their damages. In part, that is because a fatal car accident can wreak havoc on the bereaved family's financial disposition and overall quality of life, especially if the deceased victim had dependents or contributed income to support the household.

In general, a wrongful death claim requires proof that the victim died as a result of another party's negligent conduct, irrespective of whether that conduct is deemed criminal. In this way, it is possible for at-fault drivers to avoid criminal sanctions after a fatal crash but still be held responsible for the accident in civil court. In the aftermath of accidents like the one in Buckhead on Nov. 30, many families seek the professional counsel of an attorney, who may employ resources, experience and an understanding of the applicable laws to place bereaved families in a position to prevail.

Source: East Cobb Patch , "Marietta Motorcyclist Killed in Buckhead Crash on Sunday", Justin Ove, December 03, 2014

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