A collision between a dump truck and a car that happened at an intersection on Highway 17 in Effingham County, Georgia, which is an area that is known for many occurrences of motor vehicular accidents, mostly involving trucks – some of which are fatal – resulted in a woman getting hospitalized.
According to Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie, the woman who got injured in the accident was unfamiliar with the area as she was just visiting family members in town, which might have been a factor that contributed to her crash with the dump truck. Also, McDuffie said the highway contains some blind spots and that “the traffic on Highway 17 is running highway speeds, they’re running anywhere from 45 to 65 miles per hour when they come through there…if you pull out in front of [other vehicles] it’s going to be bad”.
A resident, Soctt Pinholster, said severe accidents usually happen on Highway 17, and that even though “the sheriff’s office tells me they’ve added these blinking stop signs on both sides to prevent these crashes, for some reason they’re still happening”.
McDuffie said four people had lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents over the past two to three years along Highway 17, and that the sheriff’s offcie considers the following areas – Highway 17 and Marlow Road; Highway 17 and Courthouse Road; Highway 17 and Blue Jay Road; and Courthouse Road and Midland Road – dangerous and prone to traffic accidents.
Attorneys at Ausband & Dumont say on their website that a case against a truck accident lawsuit defendant is determined on the doctrine of negligence, meaning, since the one accused of an accident is a professional truck driver, many factors and sources of law can be considered in punishing him, for instance, traffic laws and civil liability rules, as well as regulations of the Department of Tranportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.