Rear-end collisions are the most frequent kind of collisions that take place. There are about 1.7 million of these types of collisions each year. About 1,700 people die in these collisions and about 500,000 people are hurt. It is believed that most of these collisions can be avoided if auto makers made collision avoidance systems standard in their vehicle. According to the NTSB, about 80% of all rear-end collisions could be avoided with these systems. The most effective type of these systems are the kind that can brake automatically. According to the NHTSA, 80% of rear-end collisions occur simply because the driver was not paying attention.
The Canton-Sixes Patch reports on a deadly Cherokee County crash that claimed the life of one of the drivers.
The accident occurred last Thursday night at around 5:45 p.m. on Georgia 20 near Shady Lane in the Macedonia community east of Canton.
According to Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, a pickup carrying four people was traveling westbound on Georgia 20. That vehicle stopped to make a left turn into a driveway when it was rear-ended by a van.
The driver of the van, 60-year-old Robert Norton, of Ball Ground, was taken to Northside Cherokee Hospital where he died of his injuries. The van had no other passengers.
The driver of the truck, 26-year-old Jonathan Franklin, was also transported to Northside Cherokee with non-life-threatening injuries, as was passenger Brittany Franklin, 26. Two other passengers, 30-year-old Jacob Frankin, and a 5-year-old boy were taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Their injuries were not life threatening.
The accident is still under investigation, but preliminary findings indicate that speed and weather conditions were factors in the accident.
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