A tractor trailer accident in Spalding, Georgia last week left a mother and four children seriously injured.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the accident occurred as Cindy Lynn Fain was driving her minivan. A tractor trailer driver apparently ran a stop sign, and crashed into the passenger side of the van. Fain and her three children aged 2, 4 and 5 were seriously injured in the accident. They have been transported to Atlanta hospitals. Investigations into the accident are going on. The truck driver Solomon Debala, has been charged with failure to stop at a stop sign and other charges.
The huge potential for catastrophic injuries in an accident involving a tractor trailer is why there are federal regulations in place governing the conduct of truck drivers. Truckers must drive with greater care than drivers of passenger vehicles. There is simply no room for traffic violations when you’re in control of a massive rig.
Fortunately, Georgia’s laws allow errant truck drivers and their employers to be held accountable in an accident. In case of injuries, a truck driver can be named in a claim, although it’s his insurance company that may eventually make the payout. An Atlanta truck accident attorney will conduct an investigation into the accident, and this will also involve looking into the drivers’ safety record and history, among several other things. If there is a history of violations, then the trucking company can be hold accountable for its failure to eliminate bad truck drivers from its rolls. Trucking companies have a responsibility to hire truckers with safe records, and can be held liable when drivers break traffic rules, resulting in accidents.