According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatal large truck accidents rose in 2017. In 2016, there were 725 fatal crashes. In 2017, that number rose to 841, representing a 16% increase. This bucked trends in every other category, where the number of fatalities declined. When it comes to tractor-trailer accidents that were fatal, the number rose 5.8% from 2016 to 2017. 40% of these fatalities recorded by the agency were for persons that were not wearing seatbelts. Distracted driving may be a cause of the increase, but since overall fatalities declined, the agency was not willing to state that this was a definitive cause.
WSB TV reports on a family that is suing a trucking company after a fiery wreck claimed four lives.
Security camera video is providing insight into a deadly crash that killed four people on Interstate 75 in Henry County last month.
Fermin Martinez Cervantes, Jaime Sanchez-Ibarra, Josa Ibarra, and Juana Ortiz-Martinez were all killed in the fiery crash. Authorities some may have survived the initial collision, only to succumb to the fire.
Now, a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Cervantes and Sanchez-Ibarra. The attorney representing the family said that a lawsuit has been filed against a group of trucking industry businesses, insurance, and individuals.
The video clearly shows that the tractor-trailer that caused the accident did not brake. One witness came forward to state that the driver of the tractor-trailer had his head down and was not paying attention to the road.
The attorney stated that four drivers in total are being sued: two of the tractor-trailer drivers, and the drivers of two vehicles that had stopped on the interstate to avoid a tire tread.
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