Late in December, one person was killed in a multi-vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 75 in Georgia.
Eyewitness accounts revealed that the tragic accident occurred while southbound lanes were stalled with an accident involving two pick up trucks. That’s when:
- A FedEx truck traveling northbound on the shoulder struck a stopped tractor-trailer
- The collision caused the FedEx truck to jackknife, when it then struck another tractor-trailer
- The driver from the first collision had pulled to the shoulder and exited the vehicle
- The FedEx driver struck and killed the other driver
The FedEx driver was injured during the course of the crash, and was transported to an area hospital to be treated.
Though charges were said to be pending, authorities also revealed that they would conduct a follow-up investigation into the incident.
When it comes to large vehicles, like 18-wheeler trucks, the rules of the road aren’t the same. These types of vehicles (and drivers) require training and careful regulation, which is why both states and individual companies have specific guidelines geared towards driver and vehicle safety.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen. It is even more unfortunate that they are often caused by negligence of some sort, whether it is on the part of the trucking company or the individual driver. Perhaps the driver was not properly trained, or perhaps they had not followed the schedule to allow for preventative maintenance or adequate rest. All are some examples of negligent behaviors that can lead to truck accidents.
If you are hoping to prove negligence, you will need the help of an attorney. Typically, these types of claims require careful investigation, as there are a number of factors to examine, including training programs, safety materials, log books and GPS systems. And that’s just if a driver is part of a company. Many truck accidents involve independent contractors, or drivers who may not fall under any corporate entity.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident, you may be eligible to collect damages or other compensation.
At the law firm of Charles J. Argento, our attorneys are highly experienced when it comes to truck accident litigation and investigation. Our attention to detail and commitment to excellence have allowed us to develop an unparalleled reputation when it comes to this area of personal injury law. Let us act as your personal injury advocate and negotiate on your behalf today.
We are happy to offer our services on a contingency basis, and invite you to take advantage of our free initial consultation to assess your case. We also have bilingual staff in Spanish, if necessary. To get started, call our office today at (713) 225-5050.