Car accidents are usually preventable and often caused by driver negligence. Many of these accidents cause serious damage and can result in life-altering injuries. Accidents involving trucks on Atlanta highways have the potential to cause even more devastation, due to the sheer size of an 18-wheeler or other commercial truck.
According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia, in 2012, there were 153 fatalities from truck accidents on Georgia roadways. In addition to fatalities, drivers involved in these accidents suffer serious injuries, including broken bones, head trauma, and paralysis. If you have been injured in an accident involving a truck, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To seek an optimal recovery, injured victims are encouraged to contact a local injury attorney who has experience handling truck and car accident claims.
A highly publicized and devastating truck accident took place in New Jersey recently, involving a truck driver from Georgia. According to a recent news article, the driver of a Walmart truck crashed into a bus carrying the comedian Tracy Morgan and several others. One person on the bus died, and four other passengers were injured. There has been some question as to whether or not the driver had slept at all during the 24-hour period preceding the accident. The driver of the truck was charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto. The criminal complaint alleged that the driver of the truck failed to notice that traffic was slowing down in front of him and crashed into the bus carrying Morgan, despite trying to swerve out of the way.