• June 15, 2022

Cody Hauser, John Hunter Lane Killed in Truck Accident in Floyd County, GA

Floyd County, GA -- June 14, 2022, Cody Hauser and John Hunter Lane were killed in Floyd County, GA, due to an accident where a construction truck crashed.

Investigators reported that the crash took place along Old Dalton Road at a construction site.

Officials said that 19-year-old Cody Hauser and 21-year-old John Hunter Lane were in a Bobcat working a private driveway construction. It appears another construction truck rolled into the Bobcat, causing both to roll down an embankment.

Due to the accident, both Hauser and Lane sustained fatal injuries. Police say it's possible the brakes on the truck failed, but the cause of the accident has yet to be confirmed.

Commentary on Cody Hauser, John Hunter Lane Truck Accident in Floyd County

It's incredibly concerning to see claims that brake failure may have led to this deadly accident. That said, there are a few incredibly likely explanations, and there is one far less likely yet still important possibility to consider. What are those possibilities?

Cody Hauser, John Hunter Lane Killed in Truck Accident in Floyd County, GA

One of the more likely scenarios is simply that there was no brake failure, rather someone forgot to put the parking brake on, causing the truck to roll. That's all too common, and it's entirely avoidable. Alternatively, another common factor is that the brakes did fail, but it was the result of poor maintenance. Any construction worker with a few years of experience knows there are companies that simply neglect to do repairs, forcing employees to work in dangerous conditions that will ultimately get someone hurt or killed. Did that happen here?

Finally, while not very common, it is important to consider the possibility there was sudden, unpredictable brake failure. If brakes fail during normal use, and the owners have every reason to believe the brakes were in good condition, that can be a sign of a manufacturing issue. Not only would that company need to answer for this accident, but they may have problems to address before more people get hurt. That's not always the sort of thing authorities or OSHA look into on their own, which is one of the reasons independent accident reconstructionists may be a more valuable ally for the families involved here.

Whatever led to this tragedy, getting clear answers for a grieving family must be the priority. That's why ensuring the right people are asking the questions is crucial, and I'm not sure I can confidently say that's happening based on the reports I've seen so far.


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