Truck Accidents | Georgia Personal Injury Blog
The American economy relies on semi-trucks and their drivers. Without them, goods could not be efficiently transported from state to state. However, trucks can pose a serious danger while on the road. Tractor-trailers often weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds, meaning they can easily crush any obstacles in their path, including other vehicles. However, one of the most dangerous aspects of a truck is the cargo it carries. If that cargo spills, depending on what it is, it can cause catastrophic damage.
It’s amazing how a simple act of negligence can bring tragedy to a young family in a matter of seconds. According to a story on Atlanta’s 11alive news last month, a small truck carrying a married couple and their two young daughters was struck by a runaway tractor trailer while driving down Highway 41 in Emerson, Georgia. The mother, Kyra Karr, 31, was killed in the truck accident; her husband, Reed Karr, 36, and their two daughter were hospitalized in serious but stable condition. It took rescue crews two hours to extract the three survivors from their wrecked vehicle.
2015 has been a tragic year on Georgia’s roadways. Less than a month after a semi-truck accident killed five nursing students from Georgia Southern University, another big rig collision was responsible for five more deaths. Both multi-fatality accidents occurred on Interstate 16 near Savannah. According to a report on from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website, witnesses described the tractor trailer as “drifting in and out of lanes” before smashing into cars in front of it. Authorities suspect the truck’s driver may have fallen asleep.
A 20-year-old woman was put on life support and four others were injured in an Atlanta car accident when her Honda Passport was sent into the path of an oncoming Ford-150 by a box truck. According to a news report in The Newnan Times-Herald, the truck accident occurred on Highway 16 near Martin Mill Road in Coweta County. Officials say the 28-year-old driver of the box truck was traveling too closely and struck the Honda from behind. The Honda was sent into oncoming traffic where it collided with the Ford head-on.
The 20-year-old driver of the Honda is on life support. Her 2-year-old daughter has been released and the hospital says her 13-year-old sister is said to be in stable condition. The driver of the Ford-150 was taken to the hospital as was his passenger but both have been released. The driver of the box truck refused treatment and was charged with following too closely.
A 29-year-old man has been killed in an Atlanta pickup truck accident involving a Dodge 3500, a 1989 red Dodge Ram 50 truck, a tractor-trailer, and a mower. According to a news report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the fatal car accident occurred on Georgia 316 in Barrow County. Officials say the Dodge 3500 came to a stop because the driver was unable to navigate around the mower.
The driver of the pickup slowed down as it approached but the tractor-trailer failed to avoid the collision and struck the back of the pickup which then hit the Dodge 3500. The pickup truck and the trailer of the truck overturned. A 29-year-old man was killed, a 44-year-old Athens man was injured, and the 40-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer was charged for homicide by vehicle in the second degree and following too closely.
A 22-year-old woman narrowly escaped serious injury when her car was pinned under an 18-wheeler. According to a My Fox Atlanta news report, the truck accident occurred on Interstate 85 near Hamilton Mill Road in Atlanta. Officials say her car was struck by a piece of tire and that the car in front of her slammed on its brakes.
The woman swerved out of the way and ended up underneath the 18-wheeler. Her vehicle was dragged for about a minute under the truck before she was able to crawl out of the driver’s side. The report states that her mouth was full of glass but she escaped without any serious cuts or other injuries. Investigators say the big rig was able to stop quickly because the car cut the pressure line to the brakes.
On the early morning of January 27, a poultry truck transporting live chickens was overturned in a collision that took place on Highway 129 at Lenox Drive, according to a report by AccessNorthyGa.com.
An official with the Georgia State Patrol said the crash, which occurred east of Gainesville, was caused by a 76-year-old man, a deputy with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, who drove his vehicle into the path of the poultry-carrying truck. He was going to work when the accident happened.
On November 14, a disastrous chain-reaction accident involving a semi-truck took place on Interstate 75, resulting in the deaths of two people.
According to a report by myfoxatlanta.com, in the early afternoon, a 40-year-old truck driver was heading north on the highway past the Hickory Grove Road overpass when he failed to stop in time for traffic that was slowed due to construction.
His tractor trailer rammed into a BMW, forcing it into a white 2011 Chrysler Town and Country minivan followed by several other vehicles.
A “jackknife accident” occurs when a tractor-trailer folds in on itself like a pocketknife. In other words, the semi truck comes to a halt while the heavy trailer maintains momentum and pushes the tractor from behind, causing the trailer to swing around until it is nearly side-by-side with the tractor.
Jackknife accidents, although less fatal than other types of truck accidents, can be catastrophic to the involved motorists. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), jackknife accidents caused 254 fatalities along with more than 1,000 injuries in 2005. In addition to personal damages, jackknife accidents are responsible for thousands of dollars in property damage annually.
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