Police in DeKalb County are looking for the driver of a tractor-trailer believed to have triggered a multivehicle truck accident on interstate-285 that left two people dead.
The truck accident occurred on Tuesday when the tractor-trailer apparently hit a Ford Focus, which triggered off a multivehicle crash.The driver of the Focus crashed into a Toyota Camry.The tractor-trailer driver fled the scene of the accident. As a personal injury lawyer, I see far too many hit and run accidents. It is especially shocking that a truck driver who possesses a commercial driver’s license would flee an accident scene.
When the drivers of the Focus and the Toyota Camry got out of the car to check on the damage, they were both struck by an oncoming car.Both drivers sustained fatal injuries, and were declared dead at the scene.The driver of the last vehicle sustained injuries, and was rushed to the hospital.The wrongful death and personal injury suffered by these drivers was tragic and clearly preventable. Had the truck driver stopped his vehicle and immediately placed warning flares out, the other drivers may very well have not been killed on the interstate.
Police have now launched a hunt for the hit-and-run truck driver.They are likely to file charges against the driver of the tractor-trailer as soon as he is found.
When a commercial truck or a tractor-trailer is involved in an accident, the results are often multiple fatalities and catastrophic injuries.Fortunately, Georgia allows victims of tractor-trailer accidents to seek compensation from a number of parties responsible for the accident.Several parties can be named in an Atlanta truck accident claim.These include the truck driver, the owner of the truck, the trucking company and its insurance company.
Trucking companies have a responsibility to hire only responsible, safe and reliable drivers, and failure to do so can lead to liability if an untrained or inexperienced driver causes an accident.Additionally, trucking companies may be exposed to liability if they fail to maintain their trucks.
Maintenance companies and truck repair companies can also be named in a truck accident claim if the accident was caused by poor maintenance of the truck or shoddy repairs.If the truck accident was caused by defective vehicle parts, a truck accident claim can also include the truck manufacturer.Truck drivers can be held accountable in an accident involving rash driving, speeding, intoxicated driving, distracted driving or other behaviors resulting in an accident.
Victims, who have been injured in a truck accident in Atlanta, may be eligible for a number of damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and future lost wages.Additionally, survivors of people who have been killed in a truck accident may be eligible for wrongful death damages.In a wrongful death claim, survivors may be eligible for funeral and burial expenses, lost financial support and other damages.
Filing a truck accident claim is different from filing an auto accident claim in Atlanta.In a truck accident claim, you can expect to be up against the trucking company, lawyers and insurers, all of who can be guaranteed to have experience in accident litigation.It’s the reason why you need an experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyer on your side.
The Atlanta truck accident lawyers at the Katz Law Firm represent persons injured in truck and tractor trailer accidents in the metro Atlanta region and across Georgia.