As the summer driving season comes to a close, drivers still need to be watchful on the road, especially on highways and areas with a lot of tractor trailer traffic. Our Atlanta truck accident lawyers saw a news story just last week about a fatal car vs. tractor trailer accident in Gwinnett County. Unfortunately, these fatal kinds of accidents are all too common.
Last Wednesday at around 10:15pm in Suwanee, a tractor trailer, driven by 50 year old Eddie Scott from Lawrenceville, was heading north on Satellite Boulevard. A PT Cruiser tried to turn left onto Satellite Boulevard from Shawnee Industrial Way, and pulled into the path of the tractor trailer, which could not stop in time. The tractor trailer hit the car, then drove off the road and into a wooded center area, leaking fuel. The PT Cruiser was driven by 20 year old Ethan Ashline, who was killed in the accident. His front seat passenger, 25 year old Adrianna Romero from Norcross, also died in the accident. Another person was in the backseat, 31 year old Justin Kyall from Cumming, and he was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Mr. Scott, the driver of the truck, was not injured at all.
The police are still investigating the accident, but don’t believe alcohol was involved and also don’t believe speed was a factor in this accident. Regardless, the above story highlights once again how dangerous these tractor trailer accidents are for people in passenger cars. The driver of the truck is usually totally fine while the accident is often fatal for those in the much smaller and more vulnerable passenger cars.