Florida motorists may have heard that five people were killed in a car accident after a semi truck collided with two vehicles on May 19. Officials reported that crash took place on Interstate 16 near the junction with Interstate 95 in Savannah, Georgia. Seven vehicles were ultimately involved in the incident.
It appeared that construction on the interstate resulted in stopped traffic prior to the crash. Witnesses stated that they saw the semi-truck drifting between several lanes prior to colliding with the two vehicles, prompting officials to investigate if the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel. Officials stated that the semi sideswiped a vehicle before colliding with the back end of a Hyundai. The second vehicle became crushed between the semi and another truck.
The five deceased individuals were identified as a 71-year-old man, a 72-year-old woman and a 39-year-old woman. Two teenagers, aged 16 and 19, were also killed in the wreck. The driver of the vehicle, who was not identified in the report, did not suffer any serious injuries. It was not known if the officials intended to charge the truck driver for his involvement in the accident.
Truck accidents can result in serious injuries or even death due to their overall size and mass. Surviving family members of a person who was killed in such an accident that was caused by a drowsy, distracted or otherwise negligent driver may wish to speak to an attorney to determine what steps can be taken. It may be appropriate in some cases to file a wrongful death lawsuit against both the driver and the trucking company, seeking damages that are permitted by statute.
ABC News, "Officials Probe Whether Trucker in Georgia Crash Fell Asleep", Russ Bynum, May 20, 2015