Savannah, GA- Accidents involving tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks have many causes. In a large number of incidents, a passenger vehicle motorist make and mistake that can lead to a catastrophic truck accident. But there are many incidents in which a truck driver acts negligently and causes serious harm or death to another motorist.
It’s taken over a year, but the truck driver responsible for a fatal accident that occurred last year in the Savannah-area has finally been charged in connection to the collision. Donald Patrick is now facing two misdemeanor charges which include failure to obey a stop sign and homicide by motor vehicle, according to WSAV Channel 3.
On March 29, 2012, Peggy Preveaux, 49, was driving along Midland Road in Guyton when she approached the intersection of Blue Jay Road. As Patrick was approaching the four-way stop at the same time as Preveaux, he failed to stop and slammed into her vehicle. Preveaux suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Patrick was not injured. Why he didn’t come to a stop at the intersection is not clear, but what is clear is that he will now have to answer for his reckless actions.
A number of reckless behaviors can contribute to fatal accidents, like this one, those behaviors can included inattention, intoxication and speeding. If you have suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one due to the negligent actions of a driver or trucking company, you can rely on a Savannah truck accident attorney to get you the compensation you deserve.
Not paying attention to the conditions of the road or traffic signs can create very dangerous situations. We’ve all missed a stop sign once or twice, but this accident shows how grave the consequences of failing to stop for a red light or stop sign can be for both the negligent driver and the accident victim.
Speeding is a common contributor to many truck accidents including the ones occurring at intersections. When a driver is traveling too fast, they may be unable to stop before a light changes or they reach a four-way stop. It takes a longer distance to stop a large and heavy commercial truck so truck drivers must adjust their speed when they are traveling through areas with a high saturation of traffic signs and signals. Failing to follow safe speeds and take the necessary safety precautions can lead to injuries or death.
The majority of truck drivers are well-trained and take their’s and the safety of other motorists seriously. But that isn’t the case of all truck drivers or trucking companies, many are in a rush to get their deliveries to their final destination in time. This means some drivers a companies are willing to take risks that endanger the health and safety of others. When a death or serious injuries result, their victims have the right to expect compensation.
When you’ve been injured in a truck accident, don’t take any risks and hire a Savannah truck accident attorney to craft your injury or wrongful death claim. With the right attorney on your side, you can be certain you will get a just settlement amount that reflects the extent of your injuries and suffering.