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Flying Debris from Garbage Truck Kills Child, Severs Mom's Arm

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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.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a small garbage hauling company with a record of shoddy vehicle maintenance and driving violations may be responsible for the death of an 8-year-old child and severe injuries to his mother.

A garbage truck sent flying transmission parts across I-20 and through the window of a truck. The parts killed the child and severed the arm of the child's mother.

Online records from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revealed that the garbage hauler had maintenance records worse than nearly 95 percent of trucking companies in its size grouping. Its trucks have been cited for loose or missing wheel fasteners, missing or defective axle parts and for failing to secure brake hoses or tubing against mechanical damage. Among other violations were citations for operating without periodic inspections and failure to correct defects following inspections.

The Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating and reconstructing this incident.

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a truck driver, meet with a truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We can assist you in every stage of your case including obtaining the available evidence.

Category: Truck Accidents

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia

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