According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), there were 23,640 fatalities on Georgia's highways between 1994 and 2008. The most urban area, Fulton County, had 124 deaths. Clayton County highways were ranked third in the greatest number of fatalities with 48. Georgia ranked in the top 20 states for highway fatalities.
Consulting a Clayton County attorney after a car accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident in Clayton County you should discuss your case with a car accident attorney at Shane Smith Law.
A tractor trailer driver miscalculated the clearance height of his load as he was passing under a bridge, causing a serious injury to a delivery driver. The tractor trailer attempted to pass under a railroad bridge when the backhoe it was transporting struck the trestle and fell from the truck. A dislocated backhoe wheel rolled into oncoming traffic, striking a delivery van and seriously injuring its driver. The bridge reportedly had caused other accidents due to its clearance height and the steep angle the road hits the train trestle on one side.
State highway and private railroad inspectors will likely examine the bridge and trestle. The trucking company may also bear some responsibility if it can be proven that the tractor trailer driver did not properly calculate his load's height before driving on a public roadway.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer. Call the Shane Smith Law to schedule a free legal consultation.