Tractor-trailers are often considered the backbone of the economy in the United States. Highways and interstates across the state of Georgia are heavily utilized by these big trucks nearly 24 hours a day. Although tractor-trailers are an efficient way to ship goods and merchandise, they can also be very dangerous to motorists in smaller passenger vehicles. Since tractor-trailers are so massive, truck wrecks involving passenger vehicles are more likely to result in serious injuries or death.
A recent crash in Dawsonville involving two tractor-trailers and an SUV resulted in a driver suffering very serious injuries. The wreck happened on Highway 53 near Amicalola Forest Drive just before noon. According to reports, two tractor-trailers traveling on Highway 53 collided, causing one of them to begin to overturn as it rounded a curve in the roadway.
Reports said an SUV traveling west on Highway 53 was struck by the tractor-trailer as it overturned. Reportedly, the driver of the SUV became trapped in the wreckage. Authorities said the SUV driver was extracted and airlifted to a local hospital with serious injuries. No other injuries were reported. The roadway was closed for most of the afternoon while police investigated the wreck.
As shipping needs increase across the country, commercial traffic is only going to increase in the coming years. Although truck drivers are required to undergo extensive training and obtain special licenses to legally operate tractor-trailers, they are still human and will make mistakes. Those in Georgia who have suffered injury or loss due to negligence in truck wrecks may want to consider discussions with an experienced legal representative. A lawsuit, if successful, could provide much-needed compensation for victims and families.