Tree Falls on Truck Causing Fatal Crash on I-90
DOUGLAS COUNTY- Ajc.com reports that a tree fell onto a vehicle in Douglas County killing the driver. The incident took place on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, on Interstate 20. The man was driving west when the tree fell at about 10:30 in the morning. The driver died at the scene. No other individuals were injured in the accident.*
The tree was most likely a pine tree, and it fell straight across the pickup truck’s cab. The driver’s identity has not been reported. The accident caused the closure of lanes in both directions.The interstate was reopened by around 12:30 p.m.
Falling trees can be extremely dangerous. In many cases, trees may become unstable following big storms. In these cases, branches could fall, or the whole tree could collapse. For a person who is in the wrong place at the wrong time, the results can be fatal.
Still, the risk of being killed by a falling tree is quite slim. Winning the lottery and being struck by lightning are both far more likely than dying because of a falling tree. Car accidents are 600 times more likely to kill a person.
While being killed by a tree is unlikely, there is a greater chance of your car being damaged by a tree. This issue often leads to questions about liability because in many cases, a falling tree or tree branch is not something we can predict or control. In some limited instances, such as if your vehicle is parked in your garage and a tree falls on it, your home owner’s insurance will likely kick in to cover the cost of repairs. However, in most situations, your car insurance is going to have to cover the expenses of a car damaged by a falling tree. Frustratingly, this coverage may not cover the cost of removing the tree from your vehicle. This might be a task you have to take care of or pay for yourself.
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