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Athens, AL – One Killed in Garbage Truck Crash on US-72 near Hastings Rd

Athens, AL (October 16, 2023) – A truck accident reported in North Alabama claimed the life of one victim. The accident was reported at around 9:00 a.m. on October 13.


Reports from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency show that on Friday, a garbage truck and an SUV collided on the eastbound lanes of US Highway 72. The incident caused delays in the area near Hastings Road.


Authorities arrived at the scene and shut down the 22,000 block of the roadway while assisting.


A driver involved in the accident, who has not been identified to the public, was fatally injured.


No other injuries were reported as a result of this crash.


At this time, the incident is being investigated.


Our thoughts go out to the family of the victim who died in this accident.


Fatal Auto Accidents in Alabama

Fatal accidents take the lives of hundreds of people in Alabama every year. Unfortunately, the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one can be incredibly difficult to deal with. Families often deal with overwhelming mental and emotional impacts. To make the situation even more difficult, families often face significant financial burdens as well.


In many cases, the accidents that claim the lives of innocent people are completely preventable. There are far too many accidents that take place as a result of negligent and reckless drivers. Some of the leading factors identified in fatal collisions across our state include:


Distractions: It is all too common to see innocent people lose their lives as a result of drivers who are distracted. When drivers are not paying attention to the road ahead, they run the risk of losing control of their vehicles and crashing into others nearby.

Failing To Yield: When drivers switch lanes, turn at intersections, or engage in other traffic actions without yielding the right-of-way to other motorists, they can cause serious injury accidents. Unfortunately, these accidents are all too common here in Alabama.

Impairment: When motorists are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they are likely to lose control of their vehicles and crash into others. Impairment significantly impacts a driver’s judgment, their ability to stay awake, and their reaction time, all of which can lead to deadly collisions.


If your loved one has lost their life as a result of a fatal crash, your family may be able to take legal action. Seeking guidance from an Athens wrongful death lawyer can help to ensure your family is in the best position possible to protect your rights and hold the negligent driver accountable.


Our team at Cockrell, Cockrell, Ritchey & Ritchey LLP is here to support and guide you through this difficult time. We are dedicated to seeking justice for your family and ensuring that you receive fair compensation for your loss. With our experienced Alabama lawyers by your side, you can focus on healing and honoring the memory of your loved one while we handle the legal aspects of your case. Do not hesitate to reach out to our Alabama personal injury law firm by calling 205-349-2009 for compassionate and skilled assistance during this painful journey.


Notes: Our writers relied on secondary sources to create this article. Our staff has not independently verified all of the circumstances surrounding this accident; therefore, if you find any incorrect information, please contact Cockrell, Cockrell, Ritchey & Ritchey, LLP immediately so that we can update the post to reflect the most accurate information available. The post may be deleted upon request.


Disclaimer: This post's content is not intended to serve as legal or medical advice. The image used in this post was not taken at the described accident scene. This post is not intended as a business solicitation.

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