Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) March 29, 2013
A truck hit a school bus head on in Odum, Georgia. The accident left the truck driver dead and a number of students with minor injuries. According to WJCL News, the pickup hydroplaned into the path of the school bus. Rain creates many unique dangers that increase the chances of serious bus, truck, motorcycle and auto accidents, said Atlanta car accident lawyer Greg Stokes.
“Hydroplaning, otherwise known as skidding on water, causes many vehicular accidents because sliding can change the vehicle’s speed and direction of travel instantaneously,” said Stokes. “Often times, hydroplaning also results in a loss of control over the vehicle, causing the driver to lose some or all steering or braking ability.”
A common cause of hydroplaning is speeding. Slamming on the brakes in the rain can result in the car or truck skidding and a driver losing control. Whether the truck was speeding or not was unreported by WJCL News.
“Sometimes, the government or a company may be found responsible for the damages in an auto accident caused by hydroplaning. The road could be at fault if it wasn’t maintained properly and water was pooling because of poor drainage. Then the driver who hydroplaned, or his surviving relatives, may have a case,” Stokes said.
Fourteen students and three adults were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries following the bus accident, said WJCL News report, February 26, 2013.
According to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, approximately 24% of car crashes are weather-related. Wet pavement and driving during rainfall caused the vast majority (75%) of most weather-related crashes.
The students on the bus were from Cedar Wood School in Wayne County.
The auto accident attorneys at Stokes & Kopitsky, P.A.in Atlanta have helped many individuals, and/or their loved ones, obtain the compensation they deserve following auto accidents in Georgia. Contact Stokes & Kopitsky at 404-857-4762.
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