Traffic accidents in Georgia often result in some level of injuries. When vehicles are moving at highway speeds, the outcome may be much more serious. In the event that the collision happens because of a vehicle traveling the wrong way—whether due to driver error, road issues, vehicle malfunction or some other reason—fatalities are almost inevitable.

11 Alive reported on one such Georgia accident that recently occurred on I-85 when an SUV crossed over the median into traffic moving in the opposite direction. The SUV struck a Chevrolet van, knocking it into an E-350 van in the next lane. It is not known what caused the SUV driver to move into oncoming traffic. The driver of the SUV, as well as an adult passenger and a 3-year-old girl, sustained fatal injuries. All four occupants of the Chevrolet van also sustained fatal injuries.

Three children in the SUV suffered nonfatal injuries, and a helicopter took them to a nearby hospital for treatment. The E-350 van and other nearby vehicles sustained damage from the collision, but none of the vehicle occupants reported suffering any injuries.

When someone dies in a traffic accident, family members left behind often suffer more than the emotional trauma of losing a loved one. Medical expenses, funeral costs and loss of support can result in serious financial difficulties, as well. Compensation may be available in a wrongful death case, and more than one party may be liable for the damages. Many people choose to speak to an attorney about exploring their legal options.