Two people were killed and one person was left in critical condition after two trucks — a dump truck and a garbage truck — collided in Forsyth County recently. The wreck happened in the afternoon at an intersection, and both people int he garbage truck were killed in the crash. The two trucks collided head on in the wreck, and the driver of the garbage truck was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

Little else is known about this crash as the police have launched an investigation. Hopefully we’ll have some answers soon, but as we’ve said before, the police investigations into motor vehicle accidents often take some time. We won’t know more for some time.

Until then, we can only speculate. Truck accidents often happen because of the unwieldy nature of the vehicle. The cargo on board can often contribute to a wreck because the load is imbalanced, improperly secured, or dangerous in some other way. Additionally, if these trucks aren’t operated in a safe manner, regardless of cargo, then they can topple over during turns or on curvy roads.

The truck driver is also a common reason why a truck accident occurs. The driver may be fatigued or intoxicated in some way. Or, as we mentioned in the above paragraph, the driver may not be operating the vehicle at a safe speed or in a safe manner. In either scenario, the driver could be held liable for his or her actions.

Source: AJC, “2 killed, 1 critical after head-on collision between dump truck, garbage truck,” Ellen Eldridge, Sept. 18, 2017