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Accident caused by police officer kills 2 teens, injures 2 others

As members of the community who are meant to uphold the letter of the law, most people expect police officers to behave to a certain standard. Unfortunately, Georgia officers do not always meet this expectation, and indeed some seem to act in direct defiance of it. Two teens were recently killed in a terrible car accident that has been blamed on the reckless and negligent behavior of a police officer.

The accident occurred on Georgia Highway 1, where authorities say the officer was traveling approximately 35 mph over the posted 55 mph speed limit. It is possible that the officer might have tried to apply the brakes just prior to striking the vehicle that the two teen girls were in, as an investigation revealed that their car was struck by the cruiser when it was going 65 mph. Two other passengers were also in the car at the time -- teenage boys -- and both had to be transported to an area hospital for treatment.

While certain situations do warrant excessive speed by an officer, such as responding to an emergency, the local police station say that was not the case. Not only was the officer not responding to any type of call or emergency at the time of the wreck, neither his sirens nor his lights were in use at the time. He has since been fired from the Georgia police force, and it was noted that he was also disciplined twice in the past for causing on-duty crashes.

Being struck at such a high rate of speed typically results in catastrophic or fatal injuries, both of which occurred in this accident. Moreover, the financial damages felt by everyone affected can be devastating, especially when faced with the bill for life-saving medical care or unexpected funeral costs. While no parent should ever have to bury their own child, pursuing a wrongful death claim to a successful end can help ease the burden of end-of-life costs and other financial losses. Those who were seriously injured have a similar right to pursue personal injury claims in a Georgia civil court.

Source: wsbtv.com, "GSP trooper fired after wreck that killed 2 teens", Oct. 2, 2015

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