You see it every day when you’re sitting in traffic. Someone gets tired of waiting, they see the intersection they want to turn at is clear, and so they pull into the courtesy lane, swerve into the left turn lane, venture off-road, or pass into opposing traffic to get to the intersection and make their turn. Their impatience seems galling, but nobody got hurt, so what’s the problem? Unfortunately, the problem is that they are breaking traffic laws, and when you break traffic laws, you put everyone around you at risk.
It was Thursday afternoon and Creekside Elementary School in Milledgeville had just finished another day of classes when a music teacher got in her car to start her journey home. She drove down Blandy Road and stopped at the intersection of GA. 49 right next to Baldwin High School. To her left, a tractor-trailer was taking a wide right-hand turn, which cleared the road of cross traffic and allowed her to make a left-hand turn onto 49. She pulled out, but never completed the turn.
According to police reports, a GMC 3500 pickup truck pulled out from behind the wide-turning 18-wheeler and slammed into the driver’s side of the little Scion car carrying the elementary school music teacher. The blunt force injuries she sustained were too great, and the teacher passed on the scene at around 5:25 p.m.
Unfortunately accidents like this happen all the time on roads all across our nation. It is estimated that over 100 people die on American roads every day, and negligent drivers are one of the top causes of these wrecks. A global report from the World Health Organization estimated that 90 percent of the world’s traffic accidents are caused by human error, which means that how you choose to drive affects the lives of everyone around you.
People in a rush who neglect traffic laws and slam into other vehicles are just as careless as those who choose to text while driving, or drink while driving, and the consequences can be just as dire. To learn more about auto accidents and the consequences, keep following our blog and check out our Twitter and Facebook accounts.