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Truck jack-knifes on Interstate 75

Far south of Atlanta is Macon, Georgia, the site of a truck accident that is the subject of today's post. The accident involved a 60-year-old man who was driving a tractor trailer dump truck that jack-knifed on Interstate 75. The wreck caused traffic to become congested, but there were no reports of injuries in our source article. It appears that unfortunate, other than a damaged truck, occurred here.

However, there are still a couple of key lessons to take away from this story. The first is how this crash happened. At the moment, we have no details about this. Was the driver fatigued? Did he make a mistake while driving? Was the vehicle unsafe in some way, or did a mechanical failure lead to the truck careening off its course?

The other lesson here is that the dump truck was not carrying any cargo -- which certainly was a good thing in this case. If there was cargo in the tractor trailer, it could have spilled all over the road and turned a minor accident into a major one. Even a fatal one. The cargo of trucks and tractor trailers is a critical factor in any accident they are involved in. In some cases, the cargo is a contributing factor to, or direct cause of, the wreck. In others, the cargo spills off the vehicle and makes an accident worse.

If you are involved in a truck accident, consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

Source: The Telegraph, "Truck crash on I-75 snarls traffic in Macon," Laura Corley, March 15, 2017

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