In many communities, local residents know exactly where dangerous intersections and roads are located. These are areas where traffic accidents happen frequently and often are a source of contention between the people who have to often utilize them and transportation officials. This is what some residents in Georgia say tied into a recent fatal truck accident that has resulted in criminal charges for the driver that authorities say is responsible.
Officials say that the accident happened when a semitrailer pulled into traffic in an attempt to make a left turn. The truck allegedly ended up blocking traffic, causing a driver to crash into it. Though the man was rushed to a local hospital, he did not survive.
The driver of the truck has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, failure to yield and obstruction of an intersection. Workers in the area around the crash claim that a traffic light could have prevented this kind of accident. One woman said that she frequently witnesses car crashes at that intersection. Representatives for the Department of Transportation say that they will need to conduct a study before making any changes.
Whether the presence of a traffic light would have prevented this or not, the family of the man who died could pursue a civil claim against the truck driver and other any party deemed responsible for the fatality. A truck accident like this one here in Georgia could leave a family in a dire financial situation. A successful claim could help a family cover outstanding medical or funeral expenses, and compensate for their pain and suffering.