When a tree falls and causes property damage or even injury, it can be hard to determine who is liable. When that tree fall occurs along state-owned property, it can lead to lawsuits. One Manhattan woman who was injured by a tree that fell in Central Park filed a $200 million dollar lawsuit against New York City. In Washington, the survivors of a couple killed in a highway tree fall crash were paid $10 million. More recently, a tree fell onto a truck on Interstate 20 in Georgia, as WSB TV reports.
The Georgia Department of Transportation is in charge of maintaining the trees that line Georgia’s interstates. According to the GDOT, it is unknown what caused the tree to fall. The tree was not dead or dying and there were no heavy winds at the time.
The tree still fell onto the truck traveling along Interstate 20 in Douglas Country. The driver of the truck was killed in what is being called a “freak accident.”
Commuters expressed shock. One witness said that the driver was in the left-hand lane when the tree fell heading westbound towards Fairburn Road. He lost control of his truck and ended up in the median.
The accident snarled traffic for hours in both directions along the interstate. GDOT workers were able to clear the tree from the roadway and are investigating what caused the tree to fall.
While it may seem like this is a once-in-a-lifetime incident, falling trees cause hundreds of accidents each year. Many, as stated above, have led to lawsuits.
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