Just days before Christmas, a mother and her four-year-old daughter were killed in a tractor trailer accident on I-75 in Bartow County. According to news reports, on Friday, December 21 at about 1:30pm, 29-year-old Maria Tabuena was driving her daughter, Melina Tricell, northbound on I-75 when a big rig tractor trailer clipped their 1998 Ford Expedition, sending their car careening into a guardrail. A witness said that when the Expedition hit the guardrail, it was launched into a support pillar and burst into flames. Both mother and daughter were pronounced dead at the scene. They had been residents of Calhoun, Georgia.
Heartlessly and selfishly, the tractor trailer driver didn’t even stop after causing this carnage. Georgia State Police are still looking for him. They say he was driving a dirty, late 1990s, maroon Peterbilt “long nose” truck with a silver trailer. Witnesses say there was visible damage to the truck’s right side as well. News sources say the driver was changing lanes, from the right lane, when it hit the Expedition on the left side with the right side of the tractor trailer.
In Georgia, the law states that it is a crime to hit another vehicle on the road and flee the scene. A driver has an obligation to: stop his/ her vehicle and identify himself and provide the vehicle’s registration; provide his/her driver’s license on request; help the victim or transport the victim if requested; and call emergency services if the victim is unconscious, unable to communicate, or deceased. This tractor trailer driver failed to comply with this law, Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 40-6-20, and he might be found criminally guilty of a felony and faces one to five years incarceration. Georgia also allows evidence of a hit and run to impact a civil trial for damages by the victim or the victims’ family. The fact that a driver failed to stop, identify him or herself, and try to assist the victim can be used by a jury to determine that the driver did not meet the standard of care and was indifferent, which could warrant punitive damages.
Atlanta Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a tractor trailer or other large vehicle, the personal injury lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter are available to help. Hit and run cases can be tricky because of lost evidence or time lapsing. But if the police catch the driver, a hit and run case in civil court may still be possible, and victims and their families often desperately need financial compensation to help with expenses, medical bills, and trying to move on with their lives after a devastating tragedy. Call our law office at 404-814-8949 to discuss your potential case, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation.
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