When a tractor-trailer is involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle, the majority of times, the fatalities are in the passenger vehicle. In 2018, there were 4,136 people killed in crashes involving large trucks. 16% of those fatalities were the truck drivers, 67% were occupants of passenger vehicles, and 15% were pedestrians. These deaths accounted for 11% of all motor vehicle fatalities. Of the large truck occupants who were killed, 62% of those fatalities involved another large truck. Only 33% of tractor-trailer crashes occurred on the freeway, while 52% occurred on major roadways other than highways or interstates.
Fox 5 Atlanta reports that an overturned semi-truck crash damaged 10 cars and sent at least one person to the hospital. The incident occurred on January 2, just off Jimmy Carter Boulevard near Brook Hollow Parkway in Norcross.
An 18-wheeler went out of control, spilling over an embankment and only coming to a stop as it overturned just short of gas pumps. The tractor-trailer damaged ten vehicles during the chaotic event. Two of the vehicles were stopped at a red light and eight were parked at the Quik Trip. 42-year old Robert Lassiter was in one of the vehicles that were stopped at the traffic light.
The damage to his vehicle was so extensive, he had to be extricated from the car. He is suffering injuries to his ribs, back, spleen, and knee.
The truck driver, who was employed by BLM Logistics, is expected to be facing charges. The charges include driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, and having an unsecured load.
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