Last Monday, a devastating accident between a van and a tractor trailer occurred in Atlanta, Georgia. The wreck happened at about 10 a.m. and the circumstances certainly sound like ones that are typical for truck drivers. The driver of the van had a green light and was proceeding through an intersection before being hit by a truck. The driver of the van and one of the passengers were listed in critical condition after the wreck, with two other passengers suffering injuries. The driver of the truck was in stable condition.
Given the photographs from the scene, it is amazing that the injuries weren’t worse. However, information regarding fault in this crash still hasn’t been released. Officials are still investigating the crash, and hopefully there will be more information soon.
It certainly seem like the truck driver wasn’t paying attention, because he or she went through a red light to cause the crash. But without official word yet, it is impossible to assume fault.
In the meantime, this crash serves as an important reminder that trucks carry awesome momentum and power into other vehicles when they are involved in a crash. That force can cause serious, or even fatal, injuries to unsuspecting and otherwise innocent people.
The road to recovery for these victims can be long, arduous, and costly. Their medical bills can be immense. And if the driver at fault for all of this pain and suffering is deemed to be negligent, then they must be held responsible for their actions.
Source: AJC, “Fault still ‘undetermined’ in crash that injured 5 in Atlanta,” Lauren Foreman and John Spink, Dec. 6, 2017