Most drivers in Georgia know that they are likely to encounter tractor-trailers any time they travel along interstates or highways here. Tractor-trailers are massive trucks and can cause major damage in a crash. However, it’s not only their size that makes these trucks dangerous. Tractor-trailers are often used for transporting hazardous materials or flammable liquids. Tragically, thousands of people are injured or killed every year in truck wrecks throughout the United States and most of the victims are occupants of passenger vehicles.
A recent tragic wreck in Bulloch County involving multiple vehicles claimed the lives of a high school principal and his family. The crash occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 16 during the afternoon hours near mile marker 137. According to reports, the chain-reaction wreck started when the family’s car was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer and crashed into another tractor-trailer. The second tractor-trailer then hit another vehicle and caught fire.
Tragically, the principal, his wife and son were all killed in the wreck, authorities said. A spokesperson from the school said the entire community is shocked and heartbroken over the loss of the family. Reportedly, Interstate 16 was backed up for several hours as authorities investigated the crash.
There are more tractor-trailers on the road today than ever before, making wrecks more likely. Those in Georgia who have suffered injuries or the loss of loved ones due to negligence in truck wrecks could benefit by contacting a legal representative. A successful lawsuit could provide victims and/or families with vital financial relief to help in recovering from such a traumatic experience.