December 23, 2010 - McDuffie County, Ga. - A single-vehicle accident in McDuffie County claimed the life of one man Monday evening.
WJBF-TV reports that the accident happened Monday evening on Mt. Pleasant Road not far from Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in McDuffie County. James Blackmon, 56, of McDuffie County, was travelling southbound in his Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck when he veered off of the left shoulder of the roadway.
Blackmon overcorrected and the vehicle crashed into an embankment. The truck then began to roll, finally coming to rest in a nearby field.
Blackmon died on the scene. According to McDuffie County coroner Rusha Mack, the official cause of death was blunt force trauma. All available evidence suggests that Blackmon was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
There were no other vehicles were involved in the accident. There were no further injuries or fatalities.
The fatal motor vehicle accident is under ongoing investigation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 Georgia Crash Statistics show that there were 1,284 fatalities as a result of car accidents in Georgia.
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Some of the most common causes of accidents in Georgia include, but are not limited to:
- motorcycle accidents;
- tractor-trailer accidents;
- distracted or intoxicated drivers; and
- single-vehicle accidents.
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