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Truckers throughout the state of Georgia are on the roads every day delivering products and services. Unfortunately, the job of these truck drivers has become increasingly difficult as trucker shortages have caused trucking companies to become ever more demanding of their employees. Truckers have been forced to drive for longer hours and sometimes to take unnecessary and dangerous risks. This could result in an increase in motor vehicle accidents which affects not only the truck driver, but also every other motorist on the road. Atlanta truck accident lawyer

When a trucker is involved in an accident, the truck driver or his surviving family members could make a workers’ compensation injury or death benefit claim to get medical coverage and disability income or death benefits, regardless of who was at fault for the crash. A trucker could potentially also make a personal injury claim against other drivers to blame for the accident.

Unfortunately, it is often others on the road who get hurt when a truck accident happens, even if the trucker is the one at fault. These victims may be able to pursue a claim not only against the trucker, but also against the trucking company that employs the driver and that caused the driver to take the risks in the first place. An Atlanta truck accident lawyer can provide assistance to both the trucker and other injured motorists with maximizing the benefits available by exploring all possible options for making injury claims.

Over a five year period in the United States, 556 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed in side swipe truck accidents. Left and right hook truck collisions occur when a truck is turning and hits a pedestrian or bike rider who is going straight or who is walking across the road. These accidents can be especially deadly for the bike rider or the pedestrian because the walker or bicyclist is likely to be forced underneath the large wheels of the commercial truck. tow-truck-1192535-m

Side guards could prevent these tragedies and keep pedestrians and bicycle riders from going underneath a truck that hits them; however, there is no federal law mandating the use of side guards and there are few state laws imposing a requirement side guards be used.  Trucking companies that want to reduce the chances of deadly accidents (and thus reduce potential liability) may wish to consider voluntarily installing side guards in order to keep pedestrians and bike riders safer.

If you or someone you love was hurt or killed in a truck accident in Atlanta, you need to contact a truck accident attorney with experience and compassion.  Your attorney can advise you of options for pursuing a claim for compensation and can assist in fighting for full and fair payment for all losses.

Our Atlanta car accident attorneys read about a multi vehicle accident hat happened in Macedonia in Cherokee County last week. The accident happened on Ga. 20 near Beavers Road and Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and Canton Fire spent more than three hours clearing the wreckage.

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At 3:15 p.m. last Wednesday, a white Ford Super Duty F-250 pickup truck, driven by an unidentified teenager, was travelling eastbound on Ga. 20, also known as Cumming Highway. A Toyota Avalon had slowed for traffic, in an effort to avoid a collision according to Georgia State Patrol spokesperson Tracey Watson, when the Ford clipped the back end. Then the Ford went into the westbound lanes and smashed into a tractor trailer head on. The tractor trailer then hit a Chevrolet Silverado, showing how one incident can often cause a chain reaction on the road. The 15-year-old driver of the Ford was taken by helicopter to Grady Hospital in Atlanta. Tim Cavender of the Fire-ES Department said firefighters “worked hard to remove the male driver from the heavily damage truck so he could be life-flighted by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.”“The driver was conscious and alert and had multiple injuries to his lower extremities,” he said. He also said the young driver had been charged with following too closely. The teenage driver’s grandfather, a 77-year-old man, was also in the Ford pickup truck at the time, and was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer, 43-year-old Wilfred D. Bernard, was also hurt and complained of back pain. He was taken to Northside Hospital-Cherokee, according to the Georgia State Patrol. And the driver of the Chevy, 81-year-old Jimmy West, complained of chest pains after the accident. He was taken to North Fulton Hospital. The driver of the Avalon, a 76-year-old woman, appeared to be fine.

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.

Red Pickup TruckIn 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.

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.

LogsA 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.

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.

Earlier this week, our Atlanta car accident lawyers read a story about a head on collision that killed a Georgia man.

On Monday morning around 9 a.m. in Ty Ty, a Ford pick up truck was driving west on Upper Ty Ty Road, when it made an attempt to turn left onto Ray Taylor Road. The white pick up failed to yield to a Chevrolet Blazer driven by 58-year-old Steven Hobbs, a retired teacher from the Tift County School System. Since the pick up failed to yield, the two vehicles collided head on in the eastbound lane of Upper Ty Ty Road. Mr. Hobbs was taken by ambulance from the accident and was on a life flight to the hospital when he died. Jeromy Roberts, from the Georgia State Patrol, said he didn’t believe the driver of the pick up, 76-year-old Johnnie Hall, was on the phone at the time of the accident, and that the driver was tested for drugs and alcohol. Mr. Roberts stated, “the driver of the pickup truck was taken down to the Tift County Hospital, where he provided a voluntary sample of his blood and urine. We’re waiting on the results of that before we file any charges.” Mr. Hall apparently told police he simply didn’t see Mr. Hobbs’ car. Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the crash and charges may be pending for Mr. Hall.

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People who knew Mr. Hobbs described him as a family man, dedicated, and helpful. Friends, co-workers and students remembered him this week. Mr. Hobbs’ friend, Bo Edenfield, said of him, “if you ever needed something, you called Steve Hobbs. He was a jack of all trades….Very, Very well-known throughout the community of Ty Ty and also Tifton because [it was] just his personality. Just the man he was. He was everybody’s friend, for sure.” Mr. Hobbs taught agriculture at Tift County High School and was the head advisor for the Young Farmers program. He retired last year, but continued to volunteer with the Young Farmers program. “He came here and worked for the University of Georgia [and] went into the school systems to give that knowledge to kids to educate them in the field of agriculture,” said Joe West. Another friend, Tiffany Wiggins, said, “it’s a tragic loss for the whole agriculture community, not just in Tift County but also the whole state of Georgia. He was a big influence through everybody.”

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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.