One Killed in Rear-End Crash with 18-Wheeler on Marietta Blvd in Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, GA — September 4, 2022, a woman died in a rear-end crash with a tractor-trailer on Marietta Boulevard in Atlanta.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 4:30 a.m. on Marietta Blvd near an Amazon Prime building and involved a Ford Escape and a commercial 18-wheeler. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving the SUV at alleged high speeds along the roadway when she slammed into the rear of the big rig. The Ford became wedged beneath the back of the trailer after the impact.
The SUV's driver was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Atlanta 18-Wheeler Accident on Marietta Blvd
Many folks believe someone who rear-ends another vehicle is automatically at fault, but that's not actually true. The context of a crash can make all the difference, which is why it's always important to investigate carefully and learn all the facts. Details like both vehicles' speeds, if they were both in good repair, what the drivers were doing at the time, if the big rig braked or switched lanes suddenly ahead of the car, if the road was wet or hazardous, and the weather at the time, among many others, might wholly change how the crash is understood.
Another detail that often gets overlooked is whether the 18-wheeler had an intact underride guard, also called a Mansfield bar, meant to keep vehicles from going underneath the trailer during rear-end crashes. If properly maintained, those guards can often keep a serious collision from being far worse. Unfortunately, like most auto parts they're much less effective if they rust through or are damaged, but many trucking companies don't maintain or replace them. In fact, a frustrated truck driver once played us recordings of his supervisor telling drivers to spray-paint over rusted guards instead of replacing them as a cost-cutting measure.
Reports don't say the truck driver did anything wrong or that their truck was in bad shape, and I'm not suggesting either just by asking that all potential factors be considered. People just read about someone rear-ending a truck and think "case closed," but without a full investigation no one can be sure exactly what happened. At the very least the victim deserves the benefit of the doubt and her family should know that every effort was made to find the truth. Any steps beyond that would depend on what is learned.