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Truck accidents frequently occur as a result of drivers who are too tired, who are impaired, or who break the rules of the road. Poorly maintained trucks can also be a leading cause of accidents. Truck drivers and motor carrier companies may be held responsible and an Atlanta truck accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can provide legal representation to victims of collisions who have sustained harm. money dollars

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) knows the common causes of truck crashes and has passed myriad regulations designed to discourage dangerous behaviors and encourage best practices for safety. FMCSA rules, for example, require truckers to keep logs to ensure they do not drive for too long and require drivers to check vehicle parts and load balance before setting off on a trip.

When trucking companies or truck drivers violate FMCSA safety rules, accident risks significantly increase. To try to reduce the number of violations that occur, FMCSA has now made changes to the fines that will be imposed when truckers and trucking companies do not follow the rules.

Our Atlanta vehicle accident lawyers saw a news story about an accident that happened just before Christmas. The accident happened in Cherokee County and involved three vehicles, one of which was a tractor trailer, a vehicle which this blog discusses often as a danger on the road if driven negligently. Tractor trailers weigh 16 times more than the average passenger vehicle. They also need the length of a football field to be able to come to a complete stop, which is dangerous if a situation requires sudden braking. As the story below shows, they are also difficult to manoeuvre and can cause problems simply by turning. In 2009, 1,200 people died from tractor trailer accidents in Georgia alone, almost all of which were travelling in much smaller and more vulnerable passenger cars, rather than the truck itself. The same year, 1.5 million tractor trailer accidents caused injury in the US, showing the scale of the problem on our roads.

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On a Sunday morning shortly before Christmas, Louella Ann Barber, a 72-year-old woman from Canton, was driving her 2006 Nissan Pathfinder on Highway 20/ Knox Bridge Highway west of the Georgia National Cemetery. A tractor trailer was coming from the opposite direction driven by 40-year-old Roman A. Tinajero. The 18-wheel big rig was trying to get around a curve in the road, which can be difficult with such a large cumbersome vehicle. Mr. Tinajero overcorrected on the turn and crossed into oncoming traffic, hitting Ms. Barber’s Pathfinder head on. The tractor trailer jackknifed, and the Pathfinder flipped off the roadway. As this happened, 18-year-old Trevor Lee Moyer was driving his Toyota Corolla and couldn’t brake in time to avoid hitting the back of the tractor trailer as it came to a stop.

Georgia State Patrol Spokesman Gordy Wright told reporters that Ms. Barber was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, where she was in critical condition. Two passengers in Mr. Moyer’s Corolla, 49-year-old Charles Moyer and 15-year-old Victor Moyer, were also taken to Wellstar Kennestone with injuries. Wright said that charges were pending the completion of the investigation into the crash. Mr. Tinajero has now been charged with failure to maintain a lane, driving too fast for conditions, and driving on the wrong side of the roadway.

Last Saturday, a tractor trailer accident caused the death of a 40 year old Marietta, Georgia, man, Hafiz M. Ilyas, according to news sources. Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident attorneys know that these kinds of accidents are all too common and that tractor trailer accidents often result in injuries or fatalities to the people in the passenger car, rather than the truck.

The accident occurred on I-85 southbound in an unincorporated area of Suwanee in Gwinnett County, near the Old Peachtree Street overpass.  Mr. Ilyas car, a green 1994 Toyota Camry, was in the far right lane.  A tractor trailer, driven by Raymond L. Hatt Jr., 35 years old and from Manton, Georgia, was in the lane next to Mr. Ilyas.  Hatt changed lanes without looking properly, cutting off Mr. Ilyas  and forcing him to drive on the shoulder.  He lost control of his car, veered back in the road and hit Hatt’s tractor trailer.  The car got stuck under the trailer of the truck and then caught fire, and Mr. Ilyas was trapped.  People at the scene and video footage shows the trailer engulfed in white smoke, and photographs show the Camry wedged under the trailer.  One witness, Anabela Kovacs from Jackson County, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “The small car was pressed between the tractor trailer and the railing, completely engulfed in fire.”  The accident blocked traffic for most of the day as investigators were on the scene.

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Tragically, Mr. Ilyas died at the scene of the accident.  Hatt was taken to the Gwinnett Detention Center and has now been charged with second degree vehicular homicide, unsafe lane change, and failure to signal a lane change.