Tractor-trailer drivers undergo some of the most comprehensive training of any drivers out on the roadways. The statistics are behind this, with a majority of the accidents showing to be caused by other drivers. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that of 8,309 fatal car-truck crashes, 81% of the time, the driver in the other vehicle and not the truck driver was at fault. A similar study done by the NHTSA studied 10,092 accidents and in head-on collisions, the other driver was at fault 91% of the time.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on an accident involving a tractor-trailer that snarled traffic for hours on Wednesday, June 27th.
The accident started just before daybreak when a sedan slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer was slowing as it entered a work zone at the time of the crash.
33-year-old Derrien O’Neal and 31-year-old Syndi Hackett were killed in the crash. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured, nor were any of the construction workers.
I-285 West in Sandy Springs was closed down for nearly four hours as the accident was cleared and investigated.
The traffic back up from the crash stretched all the way to Spaghetti Junction, causing traffic issues for Fulton, Cobb, and Dekalb Counties.
There is no indication that alcohol was a factor in the accident.
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