According to authorities, an accident on Highway 53 involving a tractor-trailer hauling chicken feed fatally wounded a man from Oakwood. The Dec. 18 incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. just east of Dawsonville. Two other people were injured and taken to local hospitals.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was approaching a curve in the roadway when he collided with a Chevy Impala, authorities said. The Impala overturned as a result of the collision. The Impala driver and a 15-year-old passenger in the vehicle were taken by ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. Officials indicated that neither suffered life-threatening injuries. A 16-year-old passenger in the Impala had minor injuries when emergency personnel approached the scene but refused medical treatment, apparently.
Authorities reported that it took emergency service crews close to an hour to extricate the truck driver from the wrecked vehicle. The 36-year-old man was ultimately pronounced dead on the scene by a Dawson County Deputy. Officials said that the truck driver "failed to maintain his lane of travel while negotiating" the curve and then over-corrected, which accounts for the loss of control resulting in the crash.
In a case where an individual is fatally wounded, police may conduct a thorough investigation in order to determine what circumstances caused the accident. Since the truck driver reportedly lost control of his vehicle, evidence may come to light that hazardous road conditions or a defective auto part factored into the incident in a significant way. If a lawsuit were to rise out of this car accident, a wrongful death lawsuit, for example, the claimant's attorney may likely go back over all of the eyewitness accounts, police reports and accident reconstruction notes in search of evidence and material that bolsters the claimant's wrongful death case.
Source: DawsonNews.com, "Oakwood man killed in fatal Hwy. 53 crash", Michele Hester and David Renner, December 19, 2014