Man From Georgia Tragically Dies and Three Others Injured in Multi-Vehicle Accident
CLEBURNE COUNTY, GA – According to an online news report at al.com, a man from Georgia tragically died and three others sustained injuries earlier this week in a multi-vehicle accident involving a UPS 18-wheeler and two Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) trucks on Interstate 20 west, per authorities.*
A 2017 Freightliner UPS 18-wheeler crashed into an ALDOT tractor-trailer on Interstate 20 west, per authorities. The accident occurred close to mile marker 200 in Cleburne County in the late morning hours, per a trooper with the Georgia State Patrol. The impact of the accident caused another accident involving another ALDOT vehicle.
The status of the two injury victims has not yet been released to the public. It is not clear which vehicle the deceased individual was riding in at the time of the accident. The accident remains under investigation at this time. There are no further details that have been reported on the accident.
Every fifteen minutes, a person tragically dies or sustains injuries in an accident involving a tractor-trailer. In fact, about 500,000 truck accidents happen on an annual basis in the United States, with approximately 5,000 involving fatal injuries.
Surprisingly, 68% of all deadly trucking accidents occurred in rural – not urban/suburban – areas. More than one-half of all deadly trucking accidents happened during the daytime hours, with about 80% occurring over the weekend. Approximately 70% of large trucking accidents happen during clear weather and when the roads are dry.
18-wheelers are much more likely to cause deadly multiple-vehicle accidents than are regular passenger cars. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, in accidents involving tractor-trailers and other automobiles, over 95% of the deaths happen to individuals in passenger vehicles.
More than 35% of all deadly large truck accidents are caused by a trucker who has had at least one previous speeding citation prior to being involved in a deadly crash. The amount of fatal trucking accidents has increased over the past decade, with many being caused by driver fatigue, careless operation, driving while distracted, driving while impaired, defective equipment and poor vehicle maintenance.
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