As we have written on this blog in the last several weeks about car accidents in the Atlanta area, it is apparent that many accidents are caused when people are unprepared for conditions that arise. This may be because a driver is distracted; a cell phone call or an argumentative passenger can mean that an unexpected hazard in the road could lead to an accident.

It is not clear what caused a recent crash in Forsyth County, but the end result is that a 43-year-old woman from Cumming was killed. The 17-year-old driver of a pickup truck apparently went through a stop sign or other traffic sign and struck an SUV with the woman inside. The impact of the crash pushed the SUV into a school bus that was stopped at a red light. Fortunately, no students were on the bus at the time of the crash; the school bus driver escaped without injury.

As a result of the accident and the woman’s death, the boy was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide. He is also facing one count of failing to obey a traffic signal. The 17-year-old could face a long stretch in prison if he is convicted of the charges against him.

The family of the woman who died may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney. Through no fault of her own, a person lost her life and now her family will have to proceed without her. An attorney may be able to help families in this situation obtain compensation for their losses.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Teen charged in fatal Forsyth County wreck,” Angel K. Brooks, March 15, 2013