Two brothers from Atlanta, who both attended Georgia Southern University, had come home for Thanksgiving. When it came time to drive back to school, they decided to drive late at night in an effort to avoid holiday traffic congestion.
Tragically, that put them in the path of a wrong-way driver on I-16. That driver slammed into their vehicle shortly after one in the morning, and their car caught on fire. Officials said that they passed away at the scene of the accident.
The wrong-way driver survived. He is 27 years old. He was hurt in the wreck, and the authorities took him to Navicent Health Medical Center, which is located over in Macon.
Family and friends said that the brothers were very close. One person even said that, while the accident was certainly tragic, it did fit in some senses that the two passed away together. They had such a tight bond.
This was not the first time that Georgia Southern was impacted by a deadly wreck on I-16. In the spring of 2017, a crash took the lives of five nursing students. They were about to finish their clinical rotations and were headed to their last day when they were killed.
An accident that takes the lives of multiple family members can leave the rest of the family reeling. While financial compensation is not going to erase that pain, the family may realistically be facing high medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and much more. It's important for them to know all of the potential rights they may have to financial compensation.
Source: AJC, "Cobb brothers’ holiday return to college turns tragic on I-16," Ben Brasch, Nov. 28, 2017