Three members of a single family were killed last week in a truck accident in Walker County, Georgia. According to news reports, a tree trimming truck traveling on Highway 136, struck and car and a pickup truck. The truck driver Charles Keen, seems to have crossed the centerline, and collided with the two vehicles. One passenger in the car was injured, while all the three occupants of the pickup truck were killed. The dead included a minor female. Keen was employed by a tree service company in Walker County.
Last year, 180 people were killed in truck accidents in Georgia. Any time a large truck is involved in an accident with smaller passenger cars or light trucks, the consequences for the occupants of the smaller vehicles can be deadly. Victims in smaller vehicles may also suffer severe injuries, including multiple body trauma injuries, and catastrophic injuries like spinal cord fractures and brain injuries. That's why drivers of large trucks need to be especially careful and vigilant while on the roads.
Driving errors like allowing the vehicle to drift out of its travel lane and crossing the center line are often the result of distracted driving. A driver who is distracted because he is snacking, reaching for an object or any other activity that requires him to take his eyes off the road, is at a higher risk for an accident. Cell phone use can also cause a driver to lose focus and make driving errors. Mistakes can also occur when a truck driver is fatigued or tired. Whatever the cause, the consequences of a trucker’s error is highly likely to result in death for those sharing the roads.
Jason Schultz is an experienced Georgia truck accident lawyer and represents victims of serious injury and wrongful death arsing from truck, tractor trailer and 18 wheeler accidents across Georgia.