A Georgia truck driver has been charged with multiple violations after causing a four-vehicle accident that killed two people. According to WDUN, 38-year-old Stephen Scott was driving a box truck when he slammed into the back of a Nissan Altima that was slowed in traffic on I-985 in Gwinnett County. The Altima then smashed into a Dodge Ram pickup and a Saturn minivan towing a trailer with an ATV. The two occupants of the pickup were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but the two occupants of the Altima were killed in the crash.
The two occupants of the Altima that were killed in the accident were 60-year-old Donna Keese and her husband, 62-year-old John Keese of Lawrenceville, Ga. Lithonia native Scott was charged with following too closely and two counts of second degree vehicular homicide, and was arrested after receiving treatment at the hospital. Scott was released from the Gwinnett County jail on $12,700 bond.
Trucks are large and difficult to maneuver, and thus are inherently dangerous. There are around 3.7 million commercial truck drivers in the United States, so there is no shortage of trucking accidents in the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2009, 74,000 people were injured and 3,380 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks. If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Contact an experienced trucking accident lawyer to see if you have legal recourse to recover damages for your trucking injury.