Report from Georgia State Patrol states Amanda Lynn Pardue of Gainesville, 34, crossed over a raised concrete median into the southbound lanes of GA 11/ U.S. 29, slamming head-on into an oncoming tractor-trailer.
Pardue and her daughter Kayleigh Pardue, 8, were pronounced dead on the scene. Pardue’s neighbor and friend Robbie Hollis, 54, and his grandson Dalton Martin, 13, also died at the scene, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Pardue’s youngest child, 2 year-old Eli Emfinger, initially survived impact and was taken to the Scottish Rights Children Hospital in Atlanta. But little Eli succumbed to his injuries later that day.
Pardue’s family told the Journal-Constitution that she had a 6 year-old son who decided to stay home and play while the others went out to run errands.
The truck driver also suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was listed in stable condition today. Police said he was not responsible for the accident.
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused Pardue to cross over into oncoming traffic.
Although the investigation is not complete it would appear that this accident was caused by the passenger vehicle motorists. The American Truck Association estimates that 80 percent of all truck accidents are caused by motorists. Twenty-seven percent of truck accidents are caused by negligent truck drivers.
Fatigued driving is a primary cause of deadly for injurious truck accidents and has gotten a great deal of media attention lately. In early June, an allegedly fatigued truck driver caused a devastating accident in the New Jersey turnpike that left one man dead and left actor/comedian Tracy Morgan.
A preliminary report from the NTSB also concluded that speed played a role in the accident and it also happens to be one of the leading causes of deadly or devastating truck accidents.
Speed and fatigue together is an understandably lethal combination and a common one among truck drivers. Since their pay is tied to how quickly they can drop off one load and pick up another, both truck drivers and trucking companies are under immense pressure to deliver goods as quickly as possible. And, unfortunately, this kind of pressure can encourage an individual or company to take risks and put their drivers’ and motorists’ in jeopardy of being harmed or killed in a serious truck accident.
A DeKalb County truck accident attorney will use their experience and skills to build a solid injury claim on the behalf of their clients and assure they receive a generous settlement. Because medical care can for truck accident injuries can be very costly, victims need someone they can count on to advocating for their rights and their present and future well-being.
When you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, a practiced and qualified DeKalb truck accident attorney will be your advocate and do what they can to be certain you are treated fairly.