California residents may be interested to learn that the former mayor of Atlanta, Andrew Young, was slightly injured in an accident in which a cement truck fell on top of his car as well as that of another driver. The man in the other car reportedly suffered serious injuries when both cars were crushed by the falling truck.
According to reports, the cement truck driver ran a red light and was allegedly driving too fast for conditions at the time of the accident. After losing control of vehicle, the truck fell on the two cars and spilled diesel fuel on the roadway. While Mr. Young reportedly was treated at the accident scene and then taken to the hospital as a precaution, the other man suffered serious injuries to his head and hands.
Authorities did not release the identity of the cement truck driver, although they did state that he was cited for failing to obey the traffic signal and with driving too fast. In addition to being the former mayor of Atlanta, Mr. Young was heavily involved with the civil rights movement and worked closely with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was also an United Nations ambassador and is currently 83 years old.
Car and truck accidents can leave people with serious injuries, sometimes that can leave victims with a lifetime of disabilities. When a negligent driver is working on the job for a trucking company at the time of the accident, both the driver and the employer may be named as defendants in a subsequent personal injury lawsuit brought by the victim. Employers can be held vicariously liable for the actions of their employees while they are performing work-related duties.
Source: USA Today, "Andrew Young involved in accident with cement truck," May 12, 2015
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