Three people were killed and nine others were injured in an car accident that resulted in two arrests. The fatal crash occurred on Greene County Road 231 near Eutaw. An Oldsmobile Cutlass was involved in a street race with a Monte Carlo when the Cutlass struck the pedestrian victims. The fatally injured victims include three people from Eutaw aged 30, 22, and 3. Of the nine people injured, three were children under age 9.
Both racing drivers fled the scene. The driver of the Cutlass turned himself in to Alabama State Troopers at a local hospital. The driver of the Chevrolet was taken into custody in Huntsville. The two men each face three counts of manslaughter and one count of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
Street racing in Alabama is a serious crime. Under Alabama Code 32-5A-178: “No person shall drive any vehicle on any highway in any race, speed competition or contest, drag race or acceleration contest, test of physical endurance, exhibition of speed or acceleration, or for the purpose of making a speed record.” Drivers racing on public streets can face criminal charges for their actions. Furthermore, they can be held liable for the damages they cause.
Surviving victims of dangerous drivers and the families of those killed by racing drivers can pursue compensation for their losses by filing claims against the at-fault drivers. A personal injury claim against a reckless Alabama motorist can result in support for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages. A wrongful death claim against a driver responsible for a fatal crash can result in support for losses such as burial and funeral costs, lost future income, and pain and suffering.
If you have suffered a loss due to the actions of a negligent or dangerous driver, make sure you research your legal options right away. An Alabama car accident attorney can help protect your rights and hold the at-fault parties accountable.
Guster Law Firm, LLC can help. Contact us at (205) 581-9777