Georgia tractor-trailer accident kills five nursing students

A tractor-trailer accident that recently occurred on a Georgia interstate killed five nursing students who were going to the hospital for training.

Recently, according to ABC News, a tractor-trailer did not slow down fast enough during a period of heavy traffic on an interstate in Georgia. As the tractor-trailer tried to come to a stop, it collided with the back of an SUV and then rolled over into a smaller car. Then, the smaller car burst into flames. As a result, three people sustained catastrophic injuries and five nursing students died.

All five of the nursing students who passed away were on their way to a local hospital to finish their final day of clinical training for the school year. Right now, investigators are working to determine what exactly caused the accident and the tractor-trailer driver who caused it has not yet been cited.

Why truck accidents are so dangerous

One of the main reasons why tractor-trailer accidents like this one are extremely dangerous is because passenger vehicles are so much smaller than these large, commercial vehicles. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, trucks usually weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles. They are also much taller and have more ground clearance. This can result in smaller cars going under the bottom of a truck during a collision.

Additionally, failure to brake appropriately during fatal truck accidents is a common factor because these vehicles require 20 to 40 percent more space than smaller vehicles to come to a complete stop. The amount of space needed for a large truck to stop also increases when the road is wet and slippery or if the truck uses brakes that are poorly maintained.

Truck accidents are on the rise

Fatal truck accidents in Georgia and throughout the rest of the country are not an uncommon occurrence. According to the IIHS, in 2013, 3,602 people died in a large truck accident. Of those who died in these fatal accidents:

  • 15 percent were bicyclists, motorcyclists or pedestrians
  • 67 percent were passengers or drivers of smaller vehicles
  • 16 percent were passengers in a commercial vehicle

The number of people who die in motor vehicle accidents involving a large truck or a tractor-trailer is also on the rise. The IIHS states that the number of people who passed away as a result of a large truck accident was 14 percent higher in 2013 than in 2009.

Contact an attorney

Those who survive a truck accident in Georgia may suffer from injuries that require extensive medical and rehabilitative care. If you were involved in a truck accident, speak with an attorney to determine what compensation may be available to you.

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