Fatal Tractor Trailer Accident

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.

Atlanta Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys

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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