Fatal motor vehicle accident occurs at dangerous intersection even after officials install traffic signals in an effort to make area safer for motorists.
On Friday evening, a fatal motor vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Georgia’s Highway 365 and Howard Road in Gainesville, Georgia. The intersection has been the site of multiple accidents. Over a dozen motor vehicle accidents occurred there in 2012 alone. Recently, a traffic light was installed at the intersection in order to increase safety for motorists.
Based on a preliminary accident report issued by Gainesville law enforcement officials, last week’s motor vehicle accident took place after a pickup truck that was traveling southbound on the highway attempted to make a left turn onto Howard Road, where a Race Trac convenience store is located. This put the pickup truck in the path of a tractor trailer that was traveling northbound on the highway. The tractor trailer was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision with the pickup truck. A third vehicle, which was also traveling northbound, was unable to see the collision in time to stop, due to the darkness, and struck the tractor trailer in the rear.
Both occupants of the pickup truck were killed in the motor vehicle collision. In addition, the passenger of the third vehicle was fatally injured. Both the driver of the third vehicle and the driver of the tractor trailer sustained serious injuries.
It took law enforcement officers and first responders over eight hours to clean up the accident scene. In addition to stabilizing injured parties and recovering the bodies of those who died in the motor vehicle accident, crews also handled a fuel spill and removed the overturned tractor trailer, which was a refrigerated truck fully loaded with frozen chicken.
40 percent of the nearly 6 million motor vehicle accidents which occur every year take place at or near an intersection.
According to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 40 percent of the nearly 6 million motor vehicle collisions that occur in the United States are intersectionrelated. This is because driver activities which occur at or nearby intersections, such as turning and crossing over, leave room for conflicts in motorists’ understanding of what is going on around them. Of the motor vehicle accidents which occur at or near intersections, over 20 percent result in fatalities. This amounts to more than 7,000 deaths a year resulting from intersection related motor vehicle accidents. In total, motor vehicle accidents cost in excess of $96 billion annually.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an intersection related motor vehicle accident, or if your loved one has been killed in an intersection related motor vehicle accident, you should contact an attorney immediately. An attorney will be able to review the fact of your case and to determine whether another party is liable for your losses. If so, an attorney can provide you with representation and help you receive the compensation you deserve.