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2 injured in accident involving poultry truck

An early-morning Georgia accident on Jan. 27 left two people injured and numerous chickens loose on the road. Both the drivers of a car and of a poultry truck were injured in an auto accident that happened around 5:35 a.m. on Highway 129 at the intersection of Lenox Drive in Gainesville.

The accident happened when a 76-year-old driver pulled his pickup truck into the highway and failed to yield for the oncoming poultry truck, police said. After crashing into the side of the pickup truck, the poultry truck overturned, sending live chickens onto the Highway.

Authorities said that both drivers suffered minor injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was charged with failure to yield when entering or crossing a roadway. Authorities had close the entire highway while they cleared debris and rounded up the chickens that had gotten loose.

If convicted, the driver of the pickup truck would likely face fines and possibly driving penalties if he had a record of other driving offenses. He could also face civil litigation from the driver of the poultry truck. If the truck driver's injuries were severe enough to limit his ability to work, he could pursue compensation for his lost wages. He could also pursue damages for things like medical bills and any rehabilitation that is required. A personal injury attorney could advise him on whether a suit is likely to succeed and the amount of damages to seek. Personal injury suits often result in settlements. A lawyer could negotiate on the driver's behalf to obtain full and fair compensation.

Source: Access North GA, "Two injured in Athens Hwy. crash", January 27, 2014

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