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President Donald J. Trump entered office with a commitment to cut regulations and, in meetings with business leaders during his first week in office, President Trump suggested regulations might be cut by 75 percent or more. One industry looking forward to regulations being slashed is the trucking industry. Many trucking advocacy groups have long advocated for various rules to be repealed and for regulations to be changed to lessen compliance burdens on truck drivers. These advocacy groups are hopeful they will have an ally in the White House who can successfully cut regulations with the help of a Republican congress. Atlanta truck accidents

While cutting regulations can sometimes make sense, there are many situations where regulations are in place because the rules are needed to stop dangerous behavior and save lives. If too many important regulations are rolled back, the risk of truck accidents could rise significantly and there could be more people hurt or killed on Atlanta roads.

Preventing this undesirable outcome is vitally important and trucking companies and truck drivers must continue to follow best practices for safety, even if rules change. If truckers and trucking companies engage in unsafe behavior and cause crashes to happen, victims of these accidents can pursue a legal claim for compensation with help from an Atlanta truck accident lawyerContinue Reading

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) can initiate rules and, if those rules are passed, can impose requirements on vehicle manufacturers. This includes manufacturers of large trucks. The NHTSA will start the rule making process if it is believed there is a legitimate safety need that could be served. i-haul-299523-m

Trucking Info reports that four different highway safety lobbies have petitioned the NHTSA to begin the rule making process to create a rule requiring forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems on all new trucks and buses that have a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 or more. The hope is that these systems would reduce the risk that truck driver error could cause the trucks to hit obstacles in their path. Continue Reading

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.


Specifics of the Accident

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 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.


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.