Fatal Multi-Truck Crash


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.

Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyers

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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