When someone is charged criminally for their involvement in a vehicle accident, it does seem to point to their fault in the matter. Keep in mind, though, that being charged isn’t the same thing as being guilty or being convicted. Even if someone is convicted, a civil settlement still requires a civil lawsuit. Families who have lost someone in a tragic accident might want to speak with a personal injury or wrongful death lawyer to find out what actions they can take civilly.
In a recent case, a 24-year-old police officer in Georgia is being charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving after he was involved in an accident that resulted in the death of a pedestrian. The officer was reportedly traveling at speeds of 97 miles per hour when the accident occurred.
The accident occurred on Jan. 29. The officer was in the process of responding to a call about a pedestrian accident. According to information captured by the data recorder in his patrol car, the officer was driving almost 60 miles per hour above the speed limit at the time of the incident. He reportedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into two older teens who were pedestrians nearby.
One of the teens only suffered from minor injuries. The other teen died from his injuries, which led to the vehicular homicide charges. The police officer involved was also fired because he violated department policy in driving so fast.
Losing a loved on in a sudden accident can be traumatic, and you might think you can’t move on. Seeking civil restitution can be one way to find closure and financial remedies that can help you recover.
Source: Reuters, “Speeding Georgia ex-officer charged with pedestrian’s death,” David Beasley, Feb. 07, 2017