Family Vacation Ends in Tragedy Following Late-Night Georgia Accident


August 29, 2017

Family Vacation Ends in Tragedy Following Late-Night Georgia Tractor Trailer Truck Accident

Kentucky.com reported recently that a family of four was returning from a Florida vacation on their way back to Kentucky.  When the family was crossing through Georgia, they were involved in an accident around 1:00 A.M.  The 50-year-old husband and father was driving the family's Honda Pilot when he was trying to enter the Eisenhower freeway.  His vehicle was reportedly struck and pushed off the road by another vehicle entering the highway.  The impact caused the Honda Pilot to hit the guardrail, spin around, and land in the center lane of the Eisenhower freeway.

The mother and two daughters exited the Honda Pilot and ran to the shoulder of the highway.  The two daughters made it across the highway safely, but unfortunately, as the mother was trying to reach the shoulder of the highway, she was struck by a tractor-trailer.  It is unclear whether the mother saw the truck coming given it was so late and dark at the time the accident occurred.  The vehicle that allegedly caused this accident also fled the scene.  The Kentucky woman struck by the tractor-trailer was a middle school teacher who lost her life far too soon.

What Can We Learn From This Tragic Accident?

First, is important to keep in mind that our highways tend to be busier during the summer.  This means that drivers and passengers may be at a greater risk of being involved in an accident that can result in injuries or death.  Additionally, driving at night in the dark can already be dangerous for any driver, no matter how experienced and wide awake that driver is, but doing so during a busy traffic season can be even worse.

Second, there is a correlation between a busy summer season and the number of people driving on the roadway that may be under the influence of alcohol, and this is more likely to happen at night than during the day.  As such, driving at night in the summer months around a holiday can be very dangerous for a family trying to get home from a vacation.  Because our highways can be more dangerous at night and around busy holidays, it is important for families to plan accordingly, and travel in daytime hours to get to their vacation spot, or perhaps take alternative routes that may be safer even if the route takes a family longer to get to their final destination.

Could This Accident Have Been Prevented?

It is hard to say whether the mother could have avoided being struck by the tractor-trailer.  Perhaps she did not see the oncoming tractor-trailer given how dark it was, or perhaps she tried to run as quickly as possible without checking to see if there was an oncoming vehicle.  Whatever the case may be, the fact remains that an innocent woman was killed in a situation where she had few options.  It is hopeful that the driver that forced the Honda Pilot off the roadway will be found and the driver brought to justice.

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Source: http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/article159017139.html

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