A fatal accident in Georgia involving two pickup trucks and one tractor trailer is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol, and it appears that negligence could be a factor in the wreck.
An 81-year-old man was driving his pickup truck when he tried to make a left turn onto Highway 112. A tractor trailer plowed into him, and then the vehicles eventually struck a third vehicle. It appears that the 81-year-old did not yield the right of way when he attempted that left turn, according to the police. The elder man lost his life in this truck accident, and another person was hospitalized.
There are a couple of things to learn from this accident, and the first is that any motor vehicle accident investigation is going to take some time to complete. It could be done in a few days, but more than likely the investigation will take a week or two (or possibly longer). This is important to understand because some people who are hurt in car accidents want to pursue legal action right away, holding the allegedly negligent person responsible for their actions. However, having patience and awaiting the results of the investigation can be very helpful. The investigation could support your claims, giving you a strong case to work with.
The other aspect here is the elderly driver. It is very unfortunate he lost his life. However, the fact that an older driver was involved in this wreck can’t be overlooked. Elderly driving is a big issue right now. When is the right time to give up the keys? How does a family approach the conversation? Should state laws be amended to force elderly people to stop driving? It’s controversial, yes, but as we age, we naturally degenerate and lose skills we once possessed. Driving can (and usually is) one of these skills.
Source: FOX 31, “Georgia State Patrol investigating fatal Worth County accident,” Jan. 17, 2014