A wreck in Jefferson County claimed the lives of two people and injured two others during the weekend before Christmas. The fatal accident was one of two that occurred within the county during the same weekend.
The accident occurred shortly after 7 p.m. at Church Road on Old Highway 31, when a Ford F-150 struck a Chevrolet Lumina head on. The Jefferson County Coroner's Office reported that the Ford had been traveling northbound when it crossed the median into oncoming traffic prior to hitting the other vehicle.
The 56-year-old driver of the Lumina and the front passenger, his 32-year-old son, were killed in the accident. In addition, a woman and a child in the back seat who were critically injured remain in stable condition. According to authorities, no one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The 20-year-old driver of the Ford pickup and his 19-year-old female passenger were also taken to a hospital. The driver has since been released, but his passenger remains in stable condition.
Many factors can cause accidents, including inexperience, driving under the influence and reckless driving. This accident remains under investigation, and it is not clear what caused the Ford to cross over into opposing traffic. If the family of the deceased decides to file a wrongful death suit, their attorney may opt to speak with authorities in order to review the case. Although loved ones are irreplaceable, the family could be eligible to receive compensation in the form of a monetary settlement, which could aid the family with expenses related to the accident.
Source: AL.com, "3 killed in 2 weekend Jefferson County crashes (Updated)", Carol Robinson, December 23, 2013