According to Dawson County Sheriff's Department officials, a collision involving a tractor-trailer and a car on Dec. 18 claimed the life of one person and injured three others. Reportedly, the collision occurred around 11:30 a.m. on Highway 53 near Dawsonville.
The truck's driver was a 36-year-old Oakwood man who was hauling a load of chicken feed. He allegedly failed to appropriately negotiate a curve in the highway. A Dawsonville woman was driving a Chevy Impala and the man's truck collided with her car. The force of the collision caused the truck to overturn, and the Impala apparently went through the truck's cab.
The truck's driver was alive when emergency responders arrived, but he later succumbed to his injuries. The woman and a 15-year-old passenger in the Impala both required transport to an area hospital for treatment. Another passenger in the woman's car, a 16-year-old, also received minor injuries but apparently refused treatment. Both lanes of the highway were shut down for more than five hours while authorities investigated and performed cleanup of the accident scene.
When trucks cause car wrecks, others are often seriously injured in the resulting accidents. In the event a person suffers serious personal injury in an accident involving an at-fault commercial truck driver, both the driver as well as his or her employer may be held to be civilly liable for the damages caused in the accident. When the driver dies as a result of the accident, victim plaintiffs may still be able to recover from his or her estates as well as from his or her employer. Those who have been injured in a truck accident caused by the negligence of another may wish to speak with a personal injury attorney to determine how to proceed.
Source: DawsonNews.com, "Oakwood man killed in fatal Hwy. 53 crash", Michele Hester and David Renner, December 19, 2014