Georgia is one of the few states that offer victims compensation packages which include financial assistance. This program can be utilized when a person is hit by a driver found to be intoxicated. By filing an application with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, the accident victim may receive financial compensation for medical expenses, funeral expenses, counseling expenses, economic support expenses, and crime scene sanitation. To qualify, the victim must have suffered serious injuries or died, the victim didn’t cause the accident, the police were notified of the accident within 72 hours, and the victim has pursued other means of compensation such as insurance.
Fox 5 Atlanta reports on a DUI crash involving a school bus in Floyd County.
Just minutes after a Floyd County school bus departed from a school, a driver plowed head-on into the bus.
More than a dozen children were rushed to the hospital, but no one was seriously injured. At the time of the accident, there were 29 elementary, middle, and high school students on the bus. 16 children total went to the hospital, seven of those were taken from the scene by ambulance.
The driver of the car, identified as 33-year-old Mandy Coast, was also taken to the hospital with broken bones. At the time of the accident, Coast had a 3-month-old and a 3-year-old child in the car and was on the way to pick up a third child.
Coast had been driving northbound on Calhoun Road near Perry Road when she veered into the southbound lane. Coast overcorrected, slid into the shoulder lane, and overcorrected once again. This put Coast in the southbound lane in the path of the school bus.
Coast has been charged with DUI-drugs, failure to maintain lane, and two counts of endangering a child under 14 while DUI.
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