Terrible Fatal Car Accident Due to Seizure

Our Atlanta car accident attorneys read about a tragic car accident in which five people died, including three children. The accident happened around 10:45 a.m. in Hall County on a Monday morning. A Ford Explorer was driving on Athens Highway near Oak Grove Road and left its lane, crossing the concrete median and going into the oncoming lane. At that time, a tractor trailer travelling in the opposite direction smashed into the Explorer head on. Four people in the Explorer died at the scene, members of two families that had been friends and neighbors for decades, including the 34-year-old driver Amanda Lynn Pardue, and a 53-year-old passenger, Robbie Hollis. Also among the tragic deaths were an eight-year-old girl, Kaleigh Emfinger, the daughter of Ms. Pardue, and a 13-year-old, Dalton Martin, Mr. Hollis’s grandson. A two-year-old, who was riding in a booster seat, was still alive when rescue workers got there, and he was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. But the child, Elli Emfinger, also Ms. Pardue’s child, died at the hospital from his injuries later that night.  He would have turned three this month.

Ford Explorer

A six-year-old boy, Ethan Emfinger, another son of Ms. Pardue, was also supposed to be in the car, but asked to stay home that day. The family told reporters they are grateful that this little boy is still alive. The Hollises had been friends with Ms. Pardue and her family, and were almost as connected as family, spending time at each others houses and looking after each others children.

The driver of the tractor trailer was also taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center and was in stable condition.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Department, Hall County Fire Services, and Georgia State Patrol are investigating the accident. Police are unsure why the families were on the road, although they suspect it was to run errands. Family member Brandy Poole told reporters her uncle called and told her about the crash and said, “We don’t know yet. We’re still in shock as far as the why.”No autopsy was done on any of the victims of the accident. Blood work was sent to the lab by the GBI, but it takes about 8-12 weeks to get a report.

Ms. Pardue’s fiancé told reporters he suspects that she had a seizure while driving, which was the cause of the accident. Craig Emfinger said, “She wasn’t supposed to be driving anyway because of epilepsy.” Ms. Poole added, “She’d had epilepsy for about eight months. There always had to be someone with her when she was driving. Her doctor felt like they had it under control.”

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss any steps to move forward with legal options in your case, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Fatal Tractor Trailer Accident

Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident attorneys read about a fatal tractor trailer accident that happened in Barrow County. Earlier this month, a Dodge 3500 with a trailer was driving westbound on Georgia 316 near Patrick Mill Road. The driver, 44-year-old Richard Shane Moore, stopped because he couldn’t pass a lawn mower that was in the middle of the road between lanes. Following the Dodge 3500 was a 1989 Dodge Ram 50 pickup truck. The pickup truck, driven by 29-year-old Cody Grayson Brantley, slowed down to stop for the Dodge 3500, but a tractor trailer slammed into the back of the pick up, causing the pickup to crash into the Dodge 3500 right in front of it in a chain reaction crash. The tractor trailer overturned, as did the trailer the Dodge 3500 was pulling, and Mr. Brantley was killed in the accident.  Mr. Moore was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center, and no information was released on his condition. Photographs show how the Dodge Ram pick up truck was flattened, and the tractor trailer had careened into a guard rail, bending it.

Dodge Logo

The driver of the tractor trailer was Roger Bly, a 40-year-old man from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Police arrested him and he was booked into Barrow County jail. He has now been charged with second degree homicide by a vehicle and following too closely. Both are misdemeanor crimes.

The fatal crash backed up traffic in both directions for almost ten hours as police and emergency personnel tried to deal with the tragic accident, and also the resulting diesel spill. While this was ongoing, a second crash happened in the eastbound lanes of 316, according to the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office.

Mr. Brantley owned a lawn care business, sang in his church choir, and had a wife, Amie, and a young daughter, Ayla Reese. A friend said, “Cody was a special guy— always had a smile on his face and something positive to say.”His sister-in-law, Amber Marquardt Drake, started a fund on GoFundMe.com hoping to raise $25,000 dollars for the little girl’s future education. She told reporters, “All donations will go to the fund and preserving Cody’s memory, so Ayla will know what a special man her daddy was!” By the Monday of the week following the tragic crash, it had already raised $16,000.

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These kind of unnecessary tragedies happen all too often, and could be reduced if drivers, especially of large and powerful vehicles, took care to be responsible and safe on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a tractor trailer or other large commercial vehicle, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss your case and any steps to move forward with legal options to get any needed compensation, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Deadly Tractor Trailer Crash

Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident attorneys read about a deadly accident that closed Georgia 316 this week involving a tractor trailer and a pickup truck. And that accident was only the first of two, the second of which happened while officials were on the scene investigating the first accident.

Red Pickup Truck

In the first accident, which happened on Wednesday around 1:30 p.m., a red pickup truck towing a trailer was hit from behind by a tractor trailer, which caused the pickup truck to overturn near Patrick Mill Road in Barrow County. Barrow County Sheriff’s Office also stated that a second commercial vehicle was involved in this accident, a tractor cutting grass along the highway. Reports say another car might have been involved as well. Photographs from the scene show the red pickup nearly flattened from the impact of the crash. The driver of that truck, 29-year-old Cody Grayson Brantley from Winder, died at the scene of the accident. The accident closed down Georgia 316. Another person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries, according to Lieutenant Scott Darkin of the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office. The westbound lanes were closed from Highway 81 to Patrick Mill Road, and the eastbound lanes at Patrick Mill Road for several hours, with traffic backed up in both directions. Westbound lanes had to be closed even longer to clear debris from the road. This was complicated by a diesel fuel spill from the tractor trailer that started this chain of events, which emergency personnel had to work to try to contain. Drivers were asked to find alternative routes to get where they were going. The roads were closed for eight hours and didn’t reopen until 11 p.m.

The second accident happened in the eastbound lanes immediately across from the wreckage in the westbound lane, according to the sheriff’s office. One person from this second accident also had to be taken to the hospital with injuries. Both crashes are still under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol, according to Lieutenant Darkin.

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The second accident likely wouldn’t have happened without the first, and also the spilled diesel fuel was a dangerous addition to the already deadly crash. Crashes involving large commercial vehicles can be very dangerous and have more of a risk of these additional effects, particularly of spilled fuel or chemicals. Accidents can also build off each other, as this shows, and one driver’s recklessness can cause numerous injuries or even deaths to innocent bystanders in other vehicles. If you or a loved one has been hurt by a negligent driver of a tractor trailer or other large commercial vehicle, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward in legal avenues to help pay for any injuries and suffering, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Accident with Log Truck

Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident lawyers read a recent news story about a logging truck that hit a passenger vehicle; fortunately no one was hurt.

Logs

A young woman, 19-year-old Kiersten Close, was on her way for a beach day. She was about to pick up her friend and was turning into the friend’s driveway when her planned fun day was ruined by an accident around 12 p.m. The Toyota Corolla she was driving was hit by a Neidlinger log truck on Highway 17 in Guyton, totalling the car. It happened as she was turning, and the truck driver tried to go around her but accidentally hit the Toyota from an angle. The Toyota Corolla spun out and eventually stopped facing the opposite direction. The log truck flipped over after hitting her car and spilled logs across the highway. Kiersten said, “It happened so fast, and afterward I was sitting there and I just prayed, honestly. I was like, ‘Thank you, Lord.’” The young woman walked away from the crash, and was incredibly lucky not to have been hurt. She said she was a little sore and had hit her head on the side of the car but otherwise she was fine. “I just kind of got started spinning and I hit my head, but (the impact) didn’t feel that bad. Then I realized it was kind of bad when I tried to get out of my car and I couldn’t even open my door. So I was very shocked,” said Kiersten of the moments after the crash. She knows how lucky she was, saying, “They said if I would’ve been two feet farther, I would’ve died. I guess that God was with me, so I’m very, very grateful.” In an unusual occurrence, the truck driver was the one injured, and had to be taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The stretch of road where the accident happened has a bad reputation however. Kiersten said people “fly” down the road, blaming this for the accident. She told reporters, “People just come too fast, and log trucks and stuff can’t stop very well. I think that was part of the problem.” Georgia State Patrol spokesman Joel Mock said that the investigation into the logging truck crash is on-going and that charges could be filed if it is determined it is appropriate.

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If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a truck, tractor trailer, or other large commercial vehicle, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. These cases involving tractor trailers or commercial vehicles are often more complicated, and it is important to discuss the issue with a qualified attorney. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward in legal avenues to help pay for any injuries and suffering, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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Fiery Tractor Trailer Crash

Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident attorneys saw a news story last week about a fiery crash involving no less than four tractor trailers.

Fire

The crash occurred in the far right lane of I-20 as trucks slowed down for the exit to the weigh station between Lee Road and Thornton Road on Thursday afternoon, March 13. The first truck slowed down and then the second truck smashed into the rear of the first truck. It caused a chain reaction with the third truck hitting the second truck, and the fourth truck hitting the third truck.

Sergeant Keith Smalley, field operations sergeant with the state patrol’s motor carrier compliance division, said although trucks were slowing down, traffic was not stopped.  He said, “According to state patrol investigating agency, they were actually moving at about a 25 to 30 mile-per-hour pace.” He also said that road construction in the area had disabled the electronic system that tells drivers when the weigh station is full, but that a manual system was still in place at the time. An eye witness, Benjamin Jefferson, was stuck in the traffic that resulted. He drove up to the accident scene soon after it happened. “There was all sorts of thick black smoke going up in flames way up into the trees. That went on for about 15 minutes and then the fire people sort of got it under control,” he told reporters.

The driver in the second truck had to be pulled to safety, according to Douglas County spokesman Wes Tallon. That driver was identified as 59 year old Alan Harrison from Lawrenceville. He was saved by nine good Samaritans and two firefighters who pulled him out of his truck after it caught on fire from the accident. Mr. Tallon said, “The driver’s clothing was on fire when he was rescued.” Because of the debris from this crash, the ambulance carrying Mr. Harrison had to drive with a flat tire all the way to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He was in serious but stable condition. The drivers of the other three trucks involved were treated by emergency workers on the scene.

Investigators had to shut down I-20 eastbound for several hours to clear the debris and the spilled diesel fuel. Drivers were being routed to the Lee Road exit and told to use side streets. The road was finally cleared by about 6:30 in the evening, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. Charges might be filed in the accident, according to Georgia State Patrol, but it is still under investigation.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or tractor trailer crash, contact a personal injury lawyer with experience in different types of vehicle accident and personal injury cases. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward in legal avenues, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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