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Our Atlanta car accident attorneys read about a tragic car accident in which five people died, including three children. The accident happened around 10:45 a.m. in Hall County on a Monday morning. A Ford Explorer was driving on Athens Highway near Oak Grove Road and left its lane, crossing the concrete median and going into the oncoming lane. At that time, a tractor trailer travelling in the opposite direction smashed into the Explorer head on. Four people in the Explorer died at the scene, members of two families that had been friends and neighbors for decades, including the 34-year-old driver Amanda Lynn Pardue, and a 53-year-old passenger, Robbie Hollis. Also among the tragic deaths were an eight-year-old girl, Kaleigh Emfinger, the daughter of Ms. Pardue, and a 13-year-old, Dalton Martin, Mr. Hollis’s grandson. A two-year-old, who was riding in a booster seat, was still alive when rescue workers got there, and he was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. But the child, Elli Emfinger, also Ms. Pardue’s child, died at the hospital from his injuries later that night.  He would have turned three this month.

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A six-year-old boy, Ethan Emfinger, another son of Ms. Pardue, was also supposed to be in the car, but asked to stay home that day. The family told reporters they are grateful that this little boy is still alive. The Hollises had been friends with Ms. Pardue and her family, and were almost as connected as family, spending time at each others houses and looking after each others children.

The driver of the tractor trailer was also taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center and was in stable condition.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Department, Hall County Fire Services, and Georgia State Patrol are investigating the accident. Police are unsure why the families were on the road, although they suspect it was to run errands. Family member Brandy Poole told reporters her uncle called and told her about the crash and said, “We don’t know yet. We’re still in shock as far as the why.”No autopsy was done on any of the victims of the accident. Blood work was sent to the lab by the GBI, but it takes about 8-12 weeks to get a report.

Ms. Pardue’s fiancé told reporters he suspects that she had a seizure while driving, which was the cause of the accident. Craig Emfinger said, “She wasn’t supposed to be driving anyway because of epilepsy.” Ms. Poole added, “She’d had epilepsy for about eight months. There always had to be someone with her when she was driving. Her doctor felt like they had it under control.”

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss any steps to move forward with legal options in your case, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident attorneys read about a fatal tractor trailer accident that happened in Barrow County. Earlier this month, a Dodge 3500 with a trailer was driving westbound on Georgia 316 near Patrick Mill Road. The driver, 44-year-old Richard Shane Moore, stopped because he couldn’t pass a lawn mower that was in the middle of the road between lanes. Following the Dodge 3500 was a 1989 Dodge Ram 50 pickup truck. The pickup truck, driven by 29-year-old Cody Grayson Brantley, slowed down to stop for the Dodge 3500, but a tractor trailer slammed into the back of the pick up, causing the pickup to crash into the Dodge 3500 right in front of it in a chain reaction crash. The tractor trailer overturned, as did the trailer the Dodge 3500 was pulling, and Mr. Brantley was killed in the accident.  Mr. Moore was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center, and no information was released on his condition. Photographs show how the Dodge Ram pick up truck was flattened, and the tractor trailer had careened into a guard rail, bending it.

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The driver of the tractor trailer was Roger Bly, a 40-year-old man from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Police arrested him and he was booked into Barrow County jail. He has now been charged with second degree homicide by a vehicle and following too closely. Both are misdemeanor crimes.

The fatal crash backed up traffic in both directions for almost ten hours as police and emergency personnel tried to deal with the tragic accident, and also the resulting diesel spill. While this was ongoing, a second crash happened in the eastbound lanes of 316, according to the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office.

Mr. Brantley owned a lawn care business, sang in his church choir, and had a wife, Amie, and a young daughter, Ayla Reese. A friend said, “Cody was a special guy— always had a smile on his face and something positive to say.”His sister-in-law, Amber Marquardt Drake, started a fund on GoFundMe.com hoping to raise $25,000 dollars for the little girl’s future education. She told reporters, “All donations will go to the fund and preserving Cody’s memory, so Ayla will know what a special man her daddy was!” By the Monday of the week following the tragic crash, it had already raised $16,000.

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These kind of unnecessary tragedies happen all too often, and could be reduced if drivers, especially of large and powerful vehicles, took care to be responsible and safe on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a tractor trailer or other large commercial vehicle, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss your case and any steps to move forward with legal options to get any needed compensation, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident attorneys read about a deadly accident that closed Georgia 316 this week involving a tractor trailer and a pickup truck. And that accident was only the first of two, the second of which happened while officials were on the scene investigating the first accident.

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In the first accident, which happened on Wednesday around 1:30 p.m., a red pickup truck towing a trailer was hit from behind by a tractor trailer, which caused the pickup truck to overturn near Patrick Mill Road in Barrow County. Barrow County Sheriff’s Office also stated that a second commercial vehicle was involved in this accident, a tractor cutting grass along the highway. Reports say another car might have been involved as well. Photographs from the scene show the red pickup nearly flattened from the impact of the crash. The driver of that truck, 29-year-old Cody Grayson Brantley from Winder, died at the scene of the accident. The accident closed down Georgia 316. Another person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries, according to Lieutenant Scott Darkin of the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office. The westbound lanes were closed from Highway 81 to Patrick Mill Road, and the eastbound lanes at Patrick Mill Road for several hours, with traffic backed up in both directions. Westbound lanes had to be closed even longer to clear debris from the road. This was complicated by a diesel fuel spill from the tractor trailer that started this chain of events, which emergency personnel had to work to try to contain. Drivers were asked to find alternative routes to get where they were going. The roads were closed for eight hours and didn’t reopen until 11 p.m.

The second accident happened in the eastbound lanes immediately across from the wreckage in the westbound lane, according to the sheriff’s office. One person from this second accident also had to be taken to the hospital with injuries. Both crashes are still under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol, according to Lieutenant Darkin.

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The second accident likely wouldn’t have happened without the first, and also the spilled diesel fuel was a dangerous addition to the already deadly crash. Crashes involving large commercial vehicles can be very dangerous and have more of a risk of these additional effects, particularly of spilled fuel or chemicals. Accidents can also build off each other, as this shows, and one driver’s recklessness can cause numerous injuries or even deaths to innocent bystanders in other vehicles. If you or a loved one has been hurt by a negligent driver of a tractor trailer or other large commercial vehicle, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward in legal avenues to help pay for any injuries and suffering, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident lawyers read a recent news story about a logging truck that hit a passenger vehicle; fortunately no one was hurt.

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A young woman, 19-year-old Kiersten Close, was on her way for a beach day. She was about to pick up her friend and was turning into the friend’s driveway when her planned fun day was ruined by an accident around 12 p.m. The Toyota Corolla she was driving was hit by a Neidlinger log truck on Highway 17 in Guyton, totalling the car. It happened as she was turning, and the truck driver tried to go around her but accidentally hit the Toyota from an angle. The Toyota Corolla spun out and eventually stopped facing the opposite direction. The log truck flipped over after hitting her car and spilled logs across the highway. Kiersten said, “It happened so fast, and afterward I was sitting there and I just prayed, honestly. I was like, ‘Thank you, Lord.’” The young woman walked away from the crash, and was incredibly lucky not to have been hurt. She said she was a little sore and had hit her head on the side of the car but otherwise she was fine. “I just kind of got started spinning and I hit my head, but (the impact) didn’t feel that bad. Then I realized it was kind of bad when I tried to get out of my car and I couldn’t even open my door. So I was very shocked,” said Kiersten of the moments after the crash. She knows how lucky she was, saying, “They said if I would’ve been two feet farther, I would’ve died. I guess that God was with me, so I’m very, very grateful.” In an unusual occurrence, the truck driver was the one injured, and had to be taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The stretch of road where the accident happened has a bad reputation however. Kiersten said people “fly” down the road, blaming this for the accident. She told reporters, “People just come too fast, and log trucks and stuff can’t stop very well. I think that was part of the problem.” Georgia State Patrol spokesman Joel Mock said that the investigation into the logging truck crash is on-going and that charges could be filed if it is determined it is appropriate.

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If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a truck, tractor trailer, or other large commercial vehicle, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. These cases involving tractor trailers or commercial vehicles are often more complicated, and it is important to discuss the issue with a qualified attorney. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward in legal avenues to help pay for any injuries and suffering, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident attorneys saw a news story last week about a fiery crash involving no less than four tractor trailers.

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The crash occurred in the far right lane of I-20 as trucks slowed down for the exit to the weigh station between Lee Road and Thornton Road on Thursday afternoon, March 13. The first truck slowed down and then the second truck smashed into the rear of the first truck. It caused a chain reaction with the third truck hitting the second truck, and the fourth truck hitting the third truck.

Sergeant Keith Smalley, field operations sergeant with the state patrol’s motor carrier compliance division, said although trucks were slowing down, traffic was not stopped.  He said, “According to state patrol investigating agency, they were actually moving at about a 25 to 30 mile-per-hour pace.” He also said that road construction in the area had disabled the electronic system that tells drivers when the weigh station is full, but that a manual system was still in place at the time. An eye witness, Benjamin Jefferson, was stuck in the traffic that resulted. He drove up to the accident scene soon after it happened. “There was all sorts of thick black smoke going up in flames way up into the trees. That went on for about 15 minutes and then the fire people sort of got it under control,” he told reporters.

The driver in the second truck had to be pulled to safety, according to Douglas County spokesman Wes Tallon. That driver was identified as 59 year old Alan Harrison from Lawrenceville. He was saved by nine good Samaritans and two firefighters who pulled him out of his truck after it caught on fire from the accident. Mr. Tallon said, “The driver’s clothing was on fire when he was rescued.” Because of the debris from this crash, the ambulance carrying Mr. Harrison had to drive with a flat tire all the way to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He was in serious but stable condition. The drivers of the other three trucks involved were treated by emergency workers on the scene.

Investigators had to shut down I-20 eastbound for several hours to clear the debris and the spilled diesel fuel. Drivers were being routed to the Lee Road exit and told to use side streets. The road was finally cleared by about 6:30 in the evening, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. Charges might be filed in the accident, according to Georgia State Patrol, but it is still under investigation.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or tractor trailer crash, contact a personal injury lawyer with experience in different types of vehicle accident and personal injury cases. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward in legal avenues, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Georgia has been hit with storm after storm in the last few months, as our Georgia truck accident lawyers know. Another storm last week, this one involving heavy rains, high winds and tornadoes, slammed parts of Georgia, causing power outages and other damage. According to news reports, the bad weather also hindered efforts to clear a tractor trailer accident, which was stopping traffic on both I-285 and I-20.

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The tractor trailer was hauling copper wire. It overturned at about 3:30 a.m., hitting the median wall and knocking pieces of it into the opposing lane on I-285. The rain and wind made it extremely difficult to clear this accident and get everything moving again. It was fortunate there were not more accidents in this latest bout of bad weather.

Most accidents are unrelated to bad weather, though, and another accident in the news recently shows again how dangerous road accidents can be. In Valdosta, several people were injured when a SUV and a minivan crashed at an intersection on Tuesday morning. The SUV tried to make a left turn and the minivan ran straight into it. People from both cars were taken to local hospitals for treatment, although none were seriously injured, according to Valdosta Fire Captain Ronald Skrine. The driver of the SUV had to be extricated from the vehicle by rescuers, but was incredibly lucky to only have cuts and bruises. Especially since one witness described the accident as, “Silver [SUV] popped up in the air, flipped, smashed down. It was bad.”  Captain Skrine said, “She was conscious, she could move a little bit. She did have some severe cuts and bruises.”  The same witness also said of the other vehicle, “The fella in the gold van, he got out, took his kids out [and] handed them to the pedestrians.” Captain Skrine said, “I don’t know the extent of [the driver of the gold van's] injuries, he didn’t appear to be hurt as bad as the driver in the rolled over vehicle.” He also noted, “There were several kids that were reported to us to be involved in the accident, however they were not in the vehicle that rolled over and they appear to be okay.” Investigators are still looking into the accident to determine exactly what happened.

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Bad weather brings extra road hazards and requires drivers to be even more careful than normal, or to stay off the roads entirely. But safe driving habits need to be practiced, rain or shine, and even in good weather roads can be dangerous if there are reckless drivers around. If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward in legal avenues, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident lawyers read about a strange coincidence of two accidents involving trucks carrying live chickens, with one of the accidents tragically costing the life of a man and seriously injuring his young daughter.

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The accidents happened in late January. The first was early on a Monday morning on U.S. 129 near the intersection of Athens Street in Gainesville in Hall County. A truck driven by 76-year-old George Shellie Knapp, who was on his way to work, pulled out in front of a tractor trailer, driven by 43-year-old Abel Mendieta, carrying live chickens for Pilgrim’s Pride. The tractor trailer overturned, blocking lanes during morning rush hour. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in this accident, although Mr. Knapp and Mr. Mendieta suffered minor injuries, according to the Georgia State Patrol. However, PETA is requesting a memorial to the chickens that died at the scene, saying at a minimum it would remind passing motorists to be more alert and prevent future crashes. Mr. Knapp, who is a deputy at the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, was charged with failure to yield when entering or crossing a roadway.

There was a second accident in the same week, on Tuesday evening, involving a truck carrying live chickens as well. Jason D. Johnson Jr., 32 years old, was driving a 2000 Honda CRX with his nine-year-old daughter as a passenger in the car. At the same time, 56-year-old Jeffrey L. Akins was driving a 2005 International tractor with a trailer loaded full of live chickens. The tractor stopped at an intersection and was about to cross the northbound lanes when the emergency air-line supply to the trailer malfunctioned, locking the trailer wheels. The tractor stopped in the roadway, blocking the northbound lanes. Mr. Akins tried to maneuver the tractor out of the way of oncoming cars, but could not. Mr. Johnson was on the road in the wrong place at the wrong time and smashed into the trailer between the rear wheels. The Honda CRX slid under the trailer. Mr. Johnson died at the scene. His daughter, who was sitting in the back seat, was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital by emergency workers. Mr. Akins was not injured. The accident is still under investigation.

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Vehicle accidents can have serious costs, including injuries and loss of life, as well as bringing stress and financial bills to individuals and families. If you or a loved one has been injured in a road accident with a truck, tractor trailer, or another large commercial vehicle, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter may be able to help get the compensation needed and deserved. There may be complicated issues in these cases, including potential product malfunction like above. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward in legal avenues, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Our Atlanta car and truck accident attorneys read a news story last week about a deadly crash that involved two pick up trucks and one large 18-wheeler semi-truck in Worth County. The drivers of both pick up trucks died as a result of this tragic accident.

On Friday January 17th, around 5:20 in the evening, Charles H. Lunsford, 81-years-old from Sumner, was driving his 2001 grey Chevrolet Silverado west on Shingle Sumner Road in Poulan. Mr. Lunsford tried to turn left onto Highway 112, but he turned into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer, and was hit by the 18-wheeler driving north, driven by 44-year-old Gary Brinkley. Mr. Brinkley tried to avoid hitting the Chevy, but couldn’t brake in time. The impact forced Mr. Lunsford’s Chevy to the east shoulder. Gregory Jacob “Jake” Williams, a 23-year-old from Sylvester in Worth County, was driving a 1998 Ford F150 pick up truck southbound at the time. The tractor trailer also hit him, forcing his truck into the west shoulder.

Jake Williams died at the scene from his injuries. Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Walter Spurlin told reporters that the day of the accident was Jake’s 23rd birthday. He had lived in Worth County his entire life and had a young daughter, Adalynn. Jake worked at Driller Services in Ashburn, and was a member or Worth Lodge 194 F&AM.

Mr. Lunsford was airlifted to Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, but he later died of his injuries while being treated. Mr. Brinkley was taken to Tift Regional Medical Center by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

Georgia State Patrol says they do not believe drug or alcohol impairment was a factor in this tragic accident. The investigation determined that Mr. Lunsford was at fault for failing to yield the right of way when he turned left. This shows how one driving mistake can cost lives, not only the life of Mr. Lunsford, but Mr. Williams as well. Driving is something we all take for granted, but can be dangerous to others and ourselves and needs to be taken seriously and with care and attention. This is especially true when sharing the road with large tractor trailers. Even if the tractor trailer drivers are responsible and careful drivers, the simple size and weight of their vehicles makes them dangerous if another driver causes an accident, as well.

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If you or a family member have been in an accident with a truck or tractor trailer, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter may be able to help get the compensation needed and deserved. Multi-vehicle accident crashes can be complicated and an attorney can help you understand your potential case. To discuss what happened and how to move forward with a legal case, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Our Atlanta vehicle accident lawyers saw a news story about an accident that happened just before Christmas. The accident happened in Cherokee County and involved three vehicles, one of which was a tractor trailer, a vehicle which this blog discusses often as a danger on the road if driven negligently. Tractor trailers weigh 16 times more than the average passenger vehicle. They also need the length of a football field to be able to come to a complete stop, which is dangerous if a situation requires sudden braking. As the story below shows, they are also difficult to manoeuvre and can cause problems simply by turning. In 2009, 1,200 people died from tractor trailer accidents in Georgia alone, almost all of which were travelling in much smaller and more vulnerable passenger cars, rather than the truck itself. The same year, 1.5 million tractor trailer accidents caused injury in the US, showing the scale of the problem on our roads.

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On a Sunday morning shortly before Christmas, Louella Ann Barber, a 72-year-old woman from Canton, was driving her 2006 Nissan Pathfinder on Highway 20/ Knox Bridge Highway west of the Georgia National Cemetery. A tractor trailer was coming from the opposite direction driven by 40-year-old Roman A. Tinajero. The 18-wheel big rig was trying to get around a curve in the road, which can be difficult with such a large cumbersome vehicle. Mr. Tinajero overcorrected on the turn and crossed into oncoming traffic, hitting Ms. Barber’s Pathfinder head on. The tractor trailer jackknifed, and the Pathfinder flipped off the roadway. As this happened, 18-year-old Trevor Lee Moyer was driving his Toyota Corolla and couldn’t brake in time to avoid hitting the back of the tractor trailer as it came to a stop.

Georgia State Patrol Spokesman Gordy Wright told reporters that Ms. Barber was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, where she was in critical condition. Two passengers in Mr. Moyer’s Corolla, 49-year-old Charles Moyer and 15-year-old Victor Moyer, were also taken to Wellstar Kennestone with injuries. Wright said that charges were pending the completion of the investigation into the crash. Mr. Tinajero has now been charged with failure to maintain a lane, driving too fast for conditions, and driving on the wrong side of the roadway.

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There are many issues with accident cases involving commercial vehicles, as these big 18-wheel tractor trailers usually are.  If you or a loved one has been involved in a vehicle accident with a truck or tractor trailer, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter can help you understand your case and what steps may be taken.  A personal injury attorney may be able to help get the compensation needed and deserved.  To discuss an accident you or a loved one were involved in, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8949, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Our Atlanta car accident attorneys read a terrible story about a Wal-Mart tractor trailer that lost control and caused three accidents on I-285 on Saturday two weeks ago, one of them being fatal. It was a Saturday morning and the Wal-Mart truck was travelling northbound when it struck a median wall, jack-knifed, and damaged a car travelling southbound.  It happened about a mile south of the Donald Lee Hollowell exit at 8:30 am.

Wal-Mart Truck

As the Wal-Mart truck lost control, other vehicles on the road tried to avoid the tractor trailer accident and ended up in more accidents.  A Chevrolet Impala swerved to avoid the accident and hit the rear of a Nissan Maxima, both of them running into the right emergency lane.  A second and third tractor trailer got into an accident too- the second from Flagship Transportation which hit a SWIFT Company tractor trailer, driven by John Hildebrand. The Flagship tractor trailer, driven by John Paul Cromwell, kept going and smashed into the back of a BMW, which pushed the BWM across the road, into the right emergency lane, and then into a fence, finally coming to an uncontrolled stop around the 600 block of Harwell Road.  Sanford Coleman, a 59 year old from Fayetteville, was driving the BMW. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition, where he died of his injuries. Atlanta police department spokesman Sergeant Gregory Lyon said it was unclear how many others were injured in the multiple crashes. He said, “From what I gather, any other injuries suffered [from the crash] were minor.”

John Paul Cromwell is charged with vehicular manslaughter and misdemeanour following too closely for his role in starting the chain of events in this multi-vehicle accident. I-295 both north and southbound were shut down for an hour after this accident, and then only two lanes were open, backing up traffic.

These kind of tractor trailer accidents are all too common. Just last weekend, another tractor trailer crash injured three people in Cherokee County.  A tractor trailer was trying to turn on Sunday and overcorrected, hitting an oncoming car then jack-knifing.  The car it hit overturned, and a second car rear ended the truck’s trailer.  The woman driving the overturned vehicle was seriously injured and two in the second car suffered minor injuries.  These truck accidents are dangerous and destructive and drivers need to be aware that caution must be used when driving large commercial vehicles.

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If you or a family member has been injured in a vehicle accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter may be able to help get the compensation needed and deserved.  Especially in cases involving large commercial vehicles, where it may not just be the driver responsible, an attorney can help you understand the situation and your options.  To discuss whether you have a case and how to move forward, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8949, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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