A usual drive turned into a tragic incident after an 18-year-old homecoming queen was killed in a crash with a tractor trailer in Dawson County. The wreck occurred early Monday morning about a mile away from the 18-year-old’s high school. She was navigating a turn in the road when she over-corrected and lost control of the vehicle she was driving. This caused her vehicle to veer into the oncoming lanes, ultimately leading to a head-on crash with the tractor trailer.

Though both people were wearing seat belts in the crash, the 18-year-old lost her life. The truck driver was not injured in the wreck.

Even in a brutal and deadly accident like this, there are lessons to be learned. The first is that seat belts were worn by both parties in the crash. Unfortunately, wearing a seat belt doesn’t guarantee safety — but it does significantly improve your odds, and you should never be in a car without your seat belt on.

The other lesson here is that curves in the road can cause horrible accidents. Any driver out there that is attempting to navigate a turn, regardless of weather conditions, needs to do so carefully and safely.

Too many fatalities occur every year due to car accidents. The only way to start bringing this number down is if we all, collectively, operate our vehicles in a safe manner. For those that operate their vehicle in a negligent manner — and there is no indication that is the case in this story — they could held liable in civil court.

Source: AJC, “Georgia homecoming queen killed in crash with tractor-trailer,” Lauren Foreman, Feb. 12, 2018