Recently in Georgia, a head-on collision involving a truck and a car resulted in serious injuries. According to reports, the car, a Pontiac Torrent, was hit by a truck, a Chevrolet Silverado. The truck accident occurred outside of Harlem, Georgia.
Before the incident, the 65-year-old driver of the car was traveling east when, unexpectedly, the truck, which was traveling in the other direction, crossed the center line. The two vehicles crashed head on. The truck driver was a 35-year-old man from Dearing. Both drivers and the 59-year-old passenger who was riding in the car were taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. According to sources, the truck driver was at fault in the accident. Charges regarding the collision are still pending.
Whenever a truck is involved in an accident, the results can be severe. This is true because trucks like 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers and other kinds of trucks are larger than most cars. These trucks are designed and built with materials that are capable of carrying heavy loads. Because of this, trucks can be dangerous to other vehicles in the event of a collision.
With truck accidents, theories of negligence can hold not only the truck driver liable for damages but also the trucking company. Negligence may involve a driver's failure to exercise care while operating the vehicle. Drivers have a duty to comply with the traffic rules and regulations, not to drink and drive, and to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians. Failure to do so may make a driver negligent when it comes to accidents and injuries.
Truck accident victims may have the right to receive compensation, especially if the truck driver is proven negligent. Compensation may help alleviate the financial and emotional burden of the injured party. Compensation may vary based on the situation but may carry on until the victims are completely recovered.
Source: The Columbia County News-Times, "Update: Two men seriously injured after head-on crash," Jenna Martin, Jan. 7, 2013