What Happens In an Accident When the At-Fault Driver Is Killed?


When you are involved in a serious car accident, the driver responsible for causing the crash can be held accountable for the results. From medical costs to the costs associated with work absences, you can hold the at-fault driver and his or her insurance company responsible. But what happens in situations where the driver at fault is killed?

A fatal accident in which the driver in a single vehicle accident was killed and his passenger survived recently happened in Marietta.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the driver lost control of a BMW convertible on Lower Roswell Road, struck a mailbox and went off the road. As the car left the road, it began to flip and came to rest against a utility pole.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His 34-year-old passenger was trapped in the vehicle, and firefighters had to extract her from the vehicle. She was treated at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital for minor injuries.

Even in cases like this, the driver can still be held responsible for the accident by filing an injury claim on the driver’s auto insurance.

In most injury accidents, compensation comes from the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. This is true whether the driver is injured or killed.

Fatal accidents like this one are tragic, and the surviving victim may feel some remorse in filing a claim against the deceased’s insurance, particularly if they were friends. While that is understandable, insurance claims are not something to feel bad about. We are legally required to cover our vehicles with insurance precisely for situations like this.

If you’ve been involved in an accident and have questions about your legal options and how it might affect the at-fault driver, contact our offices for a risk-free consultation today.

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