A newlywed woman has been confirmed dead in a commercial truck accident on Interstate 285 in Atlanta earlier this week.According to police, the accident occurred when a tractor-trailer was trying to change lanes on the highway.The truck crashed into a Nissan vehicle, and the impact sent the car into a guardrail, and into another tractor-trailer.Truck accidents are often the most deadly type of accidents on the roadways today. They also cause permanent and disabling injuries. As an Atlanta injury lawyer, this is the reason I have regularly opposed increasing the size of trucks.
The Nissan rolled over on its side, killing the female driver.Her husband, who was a passenger in the vehicle suffered injuries, and was taken to the hospital.
The driver of the tractor-trailer has been charged with vehicular homicide in the second degree and making an improper lane change.Accordingly, a wrongful death action will likely arise due to the accident. Sadly, according to news reports, the couple was newly married.
When you’re driving a vehicle that can weigh up to 80 thousand pounds, there’s little room for driving errors.That may seem harsh, but it’s true.Drivers of tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers simply do not have the luxury of making the mistake of getting distracted while driving.An investigation into this particular truck accident is on, but it will be a few weeks before we know why the tractor-trailer made an unsafe lane change.Driving errors like this are often the result of negligence, or distractions while driving.
Atlanta accidents that are linked to driving errors or distracted driving can result in a truck accident claim being made against the trucking company.As the employees of truck drivers, these companies are responsible for hiring only experienced, qualified and trained drivers.In such cases, an Atlanta truck accident attorney will conduct his own investigation into the accident to determine whether driving error was a factor in the crash.However, an official investigation report by the Georgia Highway Patrol and other agencies can also help support your claim.