Fox 5 Atlanta reports on a crash where a garbage truck’s brakes were believed to have failed, causing it to crash into an Atlanta home.
Thaddeus Hodges was at home with his older brother, his father, and his grandmother when a garbage truck plowed into their home.
The accident happened on Kimball Road at approximately 10:45 a.m. last Wednesday morning, June 13th.
Hodges’ grandmother, who is 78, was taken to the hospital where she was examined for a possible head injury.
After crashing into Hodges’ home, the garbage truck continued next door, where it hit the carport.
The Deputy Commissioner for the Atlanta Public Works stated that preliminary investigation indicated that the driver engaged the parking brake before leaving the vehicle, which is procedure.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the accident was caused by mechanical failure and was not the fault of the truck’s operator.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that a whopping 94% of crashes are caused by the decisions made by drivers on the roadways. Only about 2% of crashes can be attributed to mechanical failure, but that number may be underreported. Malfunctioning tires or wheels accounted for 35% of mechanical failures leading to auto accidents. Brake failure led to approximately 22% of accidents attributed to mechanical failure. Steering and suspension accounted for only 3% of accidents thought to be brought about by mechanical failure.
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