Hot on the heels of my last post, which concerned a Georgia initiative to reduce the incidence of crashes between commercial trucks and lighter-weight vehicles, came a grisly Suwannee accident involving a head-on collision between a tractor-trailer and a pickup truck.
On Wednesday afternoon,the pickup reportedly crossed the road’s center line and struck the tractor-trailer coming in the other direction. Its driver, a Valdosta, Ga. man who had not been wearing a seat belt, was ejected and died that night. The semi driver, a man from Live Oak, is still in critical condition at Shands at UF.
Often, the commercial vehicle driver gets out of a major auto accident with only minor injuries, but this one caused the trailer to separate from the cab as a result of the head-on impact. Had the semi driver not been wearing his seat belt, his fate might have been the same as that of the pickup driver.
A head-on collision involving a vehicle going the wrong way involves death all too often, due to the force of impact from huge masses travelling in opposite directions. This is nearly always, if not always, the fault of the vehicle going in the wrong direction. Not only is it an obvious traffic violation, but also the risk of fatality is far too great to warrant a mere slap on the wrist. On the other hand, it results in death for the violator as often as for the victim.
Wrong-way driving can cut a life short instantly, and often does. If a family member or loved one of yours has suffered this fate, please know that there are compassionate, knowledgeable people here to help you. At the Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle, P.C., we have ample experience in cases involving wrong-way drivers. Give us a call or send us a message to set up a confidential, free consultation, and we will do everything in our power to get you the assistance you need and the compensation you deserve.