According to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety, at least 77,000 of the approximately 141,000 truck crashes in 2011 could be blamed on driver error. Truck accident injuries are often severe due to a truck's size and weight and are difficult to avoid because of long stopping distances required by tractor trailers. If you are the victim of a truck accident it is important to have an experienced truck accident attorney in Clayton County.
Four tractor-trailers were recently involved in an I-20 eastbound wreck, which backed up traffic for at least 10 miles. The accident occurred in the far right lane as trucks were slowing down to exit through the weigh station. However, road construction in the area had disabled the electronic system that warned drivers when the weigh station was full. As a result, traffic was moving at 25-to-30 mph as some trucks were stopping.
According to witnesses, the first truck involved was slowing down when the second truck rear-ended it. The third and fourth trucks then hit the backs of the trailers of the trucks in front of them. Multiple fuel tanks ruptured and the cab in the second truck caught fire, trapping the driver inside. Nine Good Samaritans pulled him to safety. An ambulance taking the driver to the hospital blew a tire on the accident debris and drove to the hospital on three tires.
I-20 eastbound was shut down for several hours while debris was removed and road patches could be made where the fire had caused pothole damage.
If you or someone you know has been hurt by a truck driver, meet with a big rig accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We can assist you in every stage of your case including obtaining the available evidence.