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 Georgia State Patrol, a 40-year-old tractor trailer driver was traveling too fast and lost control of his truck near Georgia National Cemetery. The driver overcorrected and crossed into oncoming traffic, hitting an SUV head-on. The tractor trailer then jackknifed as the SUV flipped off the roadway. A car driven by an 18-year-old was unable to avoid the big rig and struck the back of it as it continued jackknifing. Two passengers in the car and the SUV's driver were all hospitalized with critical injuries.
The tractor trailer driver was charged with failure to maintain a lane, driving too fast for conditions, and driving on the wrong side of the roadway.
If you or someone you know has been hurt by a truck driver, meet with a truck accident lawyer at Shane Smith Law. We can assist you in every stage of your case including obtaining the available evidence.