Driving near an 18-wheeler can be terrifying when it seems like the driver of the large vehicle isn’t paying attention to the road. Large trucks have blind spots that make it difficult to see other drivers on the road, and driving next to these vehicles can be a hazard. In some cases, truck accidents cause severe damage and serious injuries to drivers in smaller vehicles.
Our readers in north Georgia may have heard about the recent truck accident involving an 18-wheeler and a van. The driver of the semi, a 47-year-old man, reportedly failed to yield during a left turn and struck a van driven by a 49-year-old man. The accident happened around 7:15 am on Jan. 25, shutting down traffic on the road of the accident for nearly three hours.
The Marietta van driver was killed in the accident, while the truck driver from Florida was charged with vehicular homicide and failure to yield. He was detained in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center pending payment of a $250,000 bond.
This accident shows that speeding does not need to be involved in a collision with a semi truck for it to be fatal. Even when collisions are not fatal, these accidents can cause serious injuries. Individuals involved in a semi truck accident should know what courses of action they can take to receive payment of their medical bills, lost wages and other expenses incurred as a result of the accident.
Source: Marietta Patch, “Truck driver charged in Cobb crash,” Jan. 26, 2013