A driver died in a single-vehicle accident that blocked the northbound lanes of the Downtown Connector in Atlanta. According to the Atlanta Police Department, the Atlanta Downtown Connector crash happened early Friday morning, January 14th. The cause of the crash was not immediately available.
The police said they responded to the accident scene near 10th Street shortly after 5;30 a.m. When they arrived, they found the driver dead. The investigators began the preliminary investigation, shutting down the lanes until 8:45 a.m, when they cleared the scene.
The Atlanta Downtown Connector crash crash led to a massive delay through Midtown, with backups stretching past Interstate 20. The victim remains unidentified, and the APD investigators are still working to uncover what led to the crash.
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. According to the United States Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 20,160 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the first six months of 2021, up 18.4% over 2020. These accidents are the results of driver’s negligence.
When a person survives, they suffer from minor to severe injuries. Some severe wounds sustained in traffic collisions include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, back injuries, knee injuries, etc. Georgia law allows an accident victim to recover financial compensation from the at-fault party.
This happens through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. If the victim succeeds with their claim, they can recover economic and non-economic damages. In a successful personal injury lawsuit, the victim gets punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages.
An experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer can explain how the compensation process works and help you get the maximum settlement. Contact Calvin Smith Law today for a free care review.