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.
Two tractor trailer accidents on I-95 near Glynn County recently tied up traffic for hours.
The first accident involved a tractor trailer that lost one of its tires. The wheel bounced in the road and struck the back of a pickup truck, causing the truck to lose control. Nobody was seriously injured in the accident, though traffic was slowed when the big rig caught fire and emergency crews had to determine if the burning load was hazardous.
The second accident occurred later in the afternoon as traffic was already slowed. A speeding big rig rear-ended a Lexus and another car. A third car and a truck were each rear-ended as they came upon the tractor trailer. The truck was pushed into a second tractor trailer that had slowed. Another car was rear-ended and was pushed into the truck that had struck the second big rig. The second big rig rolled on its side on top of the Lexus, trapping its two occupants, an 80-year-old man and his 76-year-old wife. They both died in the accident and it took hours to extricate their bodies. The driver of one of the cars involved died of his injuries en route to the hospital.
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.