Such an accident occurred on Interstate 75 when a rental moving truck crashed into a larger truck that was pulled over in the emergency lane. The driver of the truck, which was hauling combustible material, had pulled over into the right emergency lane to fix a flat tire. The rental truck was driving southbound and veered into the emergency lane, clipping the driver’s side of the stopped vehicle. After colliding with the truck, the rental truck then crashed into a passenger van, which flipped and landed upside down on the road’s left shoulder. Authorities do not know the exact reason why the rental truck initially veered into the emergency lane.
When first responders arrived on the scene, they saw that the passenger’s side of the rental truck had been ripped open. The individual sitting in the passenger’s seat of the rental truck died in the crash. Four other people suffered injuries and were sent to a nearby medical center for treatment.
Georgia drivers traveling on large roadways like Interstate 75 have become accustomed to sharing the lanes with large trucks. Seeing one of these vehicles pulled over on the side of the road is not entirely out of the ordinary. However, it is at these times that other drivers must take proper precautions so that accidents do not occur. Victims of a truck accident may consider speaking with a professional in order to discuss what compensation they might be entitled to. Victims and their families may be able to use this compensation to help with medical bills and funeral costs or to pay for property damages and repairs.
Source: macon.com, “U-haul ripped open in fatal accident with parked tractor trailer on I-75,” Liz Fabian, Oct. 19, 2017