In any wreck that involves a car and a big rig, the occupants of the passenger vehicle are at risk of suffering catastrophic injuries and possibly even lose their lives. Such was also the outcome of a truck accident in Georgia that claimed the lives of four people in Decatur. The sheer size and weight of a tractor-trailer, semi-truck, or an 18-wheeler, compared to the size and weight of a passenger vehicle explain most outcomes of such collisions.
An accident reconstruction team launched an investigation to determine the cause and circumstances of the crash. According to a preliminary accident report, the accident occurred in a traffic light-controlled intersection shortly before 2:45 a.m. on a recent Monday. Authorities say the car had six occupants, and five were rushed to a hospital.
Reportedly, two women and one man, ages 19, 20, and 23, died soon after the accident due to head trauma and massive internal injuries. A 23-year-old man succumbed to his injuries shortly after 6 a.m. while undergoing surgery. No news was provided about the fifth victim. The sixth occupant of the car was the driver, and authorities say he fled the scene but was soon located. The truck operator was not injured.
It remains unclear who was at fault. Regardless, the surviving family members of the four deceased passengers will likely have grounds to pursue wrongful death claims against either the truck driver, separate owner of the vehicle and/or the car driver, depending on whose negligence caused the collision. A Georgia attorney with extensive experience in dealing with truck accident lawsuits can provide the necessary support and guidance in pursuit of damage recovery.
For more information on how Dozier Law Firm can help you recover from car and truck accidents near Atlanta, pedestrian accidents, slips and falls, wrongful deaths, dog bites, and more, call one of our locations in Macon (478-742-8441), Savannah (912-239-4395), Albany-Tifton (229-299-9590), or Atlanta (404-800-0308). You can also visit us online at https://dozierlaw.com/.