A 19-year-old was driving at least 96 mph, more than double the speed limit, when he caused a crash that killed a Cobb County grandfather last February. Outz was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide and reckless driving last week when he was arrested Wednesday afternoon and booked into the Cobb jail, later posting a $20,000 bond for his release pending trial. Colin William Outz of Marietta was driving a white 2010 Mercedes C300 southbound on Johnson Ferry Road at the time of the Feb. 21 crash into Rob Higginbotham, a local businessman who was ejected from his car and died at the scene, only 100 yards from his home. Outz was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with injuries.
Georgia is a Comparative Fault State allowing accident victims to seek damages up to 50% for partial responsibility. Wrongful death legal action must support a claim of negligence, where the victim was owed a duty of care, there was a breach in that duty, and the breach caused the injuries or loss. Motor vehicle accident victims and their families have the right to pursue compensation from insurance under Georgia law, and settlements may be impacted by criminal case judgments for reckless driving and vehicular homicide charges. Civil suits often reflect criminal suit outcomes when addressing wrongful death losses.
A wrongful death legal action is a particular type of lawsuit that is brought by loved ones of someone who dies because of the negligent, reckless, or deliberate act of someone. Damages in these lawsuits can include:
- Medical bills and burial expenses
- Compensation for lost wages
- Compensation for the pain and suffering
- Punitive damages that are intended to punish the person who caused the death.
A formal legal action may be initiated with the assistance of legal counsel, but must be undertaken in Georgia within two years from the date of the death caused by the accident, but can be tolled up to five years if the estate of the person who died has not been settled. Speak to a lawyer about your individual case specifics.
Compensation for any loss sustained as a result of a car accident, due to partial, or full negligence of another person, is in a victim’s reach to assist in the payment of any significant medical expenses, loss of wages, funeral expenses, and wrongful death claims caused by car accidents.
If you have lost a loved one due to an automobile accident near Roswell, the best course of action is to contact experienced counsel at Imbriale Injury Law Offices, who can navigate the legal process toward a strong settlement in Georgia.
Imbriale Injury Law
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Marietta, GA 30060
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