A man from Georgia was killed recently in a fiery crash on Interstate 85. The driver of the tractor-trailer involved in this truck accident has been taken into custody in connection with his death. The driver has been charged with not signaling before making a lane change, making an unsafe lane change and vehicular homicide in the second degree.
According to reports, the Georgia man was traveling in the outside lane heading south in the interstate. On his left was the tractor-trailer. The driver of the semi-truck moved into the outside lane, cutting off the other driver. The victim was forced to move onto the shoulder to avoid being hit by the truck.
Unfortunately, this sudden move onto the shoulder caused the vehicle driver to lose control. As he tried to regain control, he re-entered the highway, slammed into the semi-truck, and became wedged underneath the truck's trailer. The vehicle then burst into flames with the driver trapped inside. By the time emergency personnel got to the man, he was dead.
At last report, the driver was still being held at the Gwinnett Detention Center in the absence of posting bond. While the family of the victim awaits the outcome of the driver's criminal charges, they may be contemplating whether to file a civil action against him as well. The events of that day cannot be undone, but a successfully litigated civil lawsuit may help the family achieve some financial restitution to cover the damages incurred as a result of this horrific truck accident.
Source: Suwanee, GA Patch, Tractor-Trailer Driver Charged in Fatal Accident on I-85, Steve Burns, Oct. 28, 2013