Cell phones and other electronic devices are the causes of multiple car accidents in Georgia and across the nation every day. Often, these accidents occur on major roadways and interstates. However, residents of Milton were recently reminded that these crashes can occur in residential areas as well when a truck accident left two people injured.
The accident occurred on a local road when a commercial dump truck lost control and struck a stone mailbox as well as another vehicle. The driver of the dump truck had apparently looked away from the road to check the GPS on his phone, and when he did so, the truck dropped off of the side of the road. When he attempted to correct the vehicle, he hit the mailbox. The vehicle then slid sideways across the double yellow line and struck a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction.
Both drivers suffered serious injuries and were taken to Wellstar North Fulton Hospital. Fortunately, they are expected to recover. However, police have charged the dump truck driver with wireless communication while operating a commercial motor vehicle, failure to maintain lane and failure to use a seatbelt.
Nearly everyone has a cell phone, and many are guilty of using one while driving. The driver's attention only needs to be away from the road for a split second for a truck accident to occur. Georgia victims of vehicle accidents could benefit from speaking with a local attorney. If the victim suffered injuries or had property damaged in the accident, then he or she may be entitled to compensation.
Source: Alpharetta, GA Patch, "2 Injured In Crash Involving Dump Truck In Milton," Kristal Dixon, Dec. 1, 2017