One teen is seriously injured and another has died after a fiery car crash that occurred in Cobb County, GA, according to local police. The accident happened on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at around 7:14 p.m. on Maerson Road at Nevilly Way.
A 2008 Nissan 350Z, driven by 17-year-old Kayleigh S. Neste, of Kennesaw, was driving west on Jamerson Road toward Neville Way when she lost control of the vehicle. Another 16-year-old driver was driving a 2012 Kia Forte and was heading eastbound on Jamerson Road when Neste crossed into her lane of travel in front of the Kia. The Kia hit the right side of Neste's vehicle.
According to police, the Nissan immediately caught fire after the accident. A man was able to pull Neste out of the car before it was fully on fire. Other drivers used a car to pull the Kia away from the burning Nissan to prevent it from catching fire as well. The driver of the Kia was also trapped in her car but was later removed by firefighters.
Neste was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The 16-year-old driver of the Kia was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The Danger of Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions such as those described above can have devastating consequences for everyone involved. Both the driver at fault and the innocent victim can both be injured or even killed. Head-on collisions are especially dangerous because of the high rate of speeds at which these accidents often occur. The sudden and violent nature of a head-on collision can more easily result in serious injury or death than other types of accidents, such as a rear-end accident.
When another driver is at fault for a head-on collision, that fault can be proved in court so that you can recover financial compensation for the injuries you suffered. Whether your injuries were relatively minor or very serious, you have the right to recover for the costs of your injuries, including:
- past medical expenses
- future medical expenses
- costs of rehabilitation services
- lost time off work
- lost future earning capacity
- pain and suffering
- punitive damages (in certain situations)
Wrongful Death Actions
If a loved one was killed as the result of a motor vehicle accident, an action for wrongful death can be brought by the spouse, children, parents, or deceased victim's estate (typically in that order). A wrongful death action is designed to compensate the surviving family members for the "full value of life" of the deceased person. This includes both economic and non-economic factors, such as lost wages or loss of companionship damages. An experienced attorney can represent you and your family during this difficult time, and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Consult an Experienced Georgia Personal Injury Attorney
At The Kaplan Firm, PC, our personal injury attorneys have decades of experience fighting for our clients against distracted drivers and their insurance companies. We work on a contingency basis and will never collect any fees until you get the compensation you deserve.
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