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.

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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.

Atlanta Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys

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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Road Accidents Last Week in Georgia

Georgia has been hit with storm after storm in the last few months, as our Georgia truck accident lawyers know. Another storm last week, this one involving heavy rains, high winds and tornadoes, slammed parts of Georgia, causing power outages and other damage. According to news reports, the bad weather also hindered efforts to clear a tractor trailer accident, which was stopping traffic on both I-285 and I-20.

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The tractor trailer was hauling copper wire. It overturned at about 3:30 a.m., hitting the median wall and knocking pieces of it into the opposing lane on I-285. The rain and wind made it extremely difficult to clear this accident and get everything moving again. It was fortunate there were not more accidents in this latest bout of bad weather.

Most accidents are unrelated to bad weather, though, and another accident in the news recently shows again how dangerous road accidents can be. In Valdosta, several people were injured when a SUV and a minivan crashed at an intersection on Tuesday morning. The SUV tried to make a left turn and the minivan ran straight into it. People from both cars were taken to local hospitals for treatment, although none were seriously injured, according to Valdosta Fire Captain Ronald Skrine. The driver of the SUV had to be extricated from the vehicle by rescuers, but was incredibly lucky to only have cuts and bruises. Especially since one witness described the accident as, “Silver [SUV] popped up in the air, flipped, smashed down. It was bad.”  Captain Skrine said, “She was conscious, she could move a little bit. She did have some severe cuts and bruises.”  The same witness also said of the other vehicle, “The fella in the gold van, he got out, took his kids out [and] handed them to the pedestrians.” Captain Skrine said, “I don’t know the extent of [the driver of the gold van's] injuries, he didn’t appear to be hurt as bad as the driver in the rolled over vehicle.” He also noted, “There were several kids that were reported to us to be involved in the accident, however they were not in the vehicle that rolled over and they appear to be okay.” Investigators are still looking into the accident to determine exactly what happened.

Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyers

Bad weather brings extra road hazards and requires drivers to be even more careful than normal, or to stay off the roads entirely. But safe driving habits need to be practiced, rain or shine, and even in good weather roads can be dangerous if there are reckless drivers around. If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. 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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Chicken Truck Accidents

Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident lawyers read about a strange coincidence of two accidents involving trucks carrying live chickens, with one of the accidents tragically costing the life of a man and seriously injuring his young daughter.

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The accidents happened in late January. The first was early on a Monday morning on U.S. 129 near the intersection of Athens Street in Gainesville in Hall County. A truck driven by 76-year-old George Shellie Knapp, who was on his way to work, pulled out in front of a tractor trailer, driven by 43-year-old Abel Mendieta, carrying live chickens for Pilgrim’s Pride. The tractor trailer overturned, blocking lanes during morning rush hour. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in this accident, although Mr. Knapp and Mr. Mendieta suffered minor injuries, according to the Georgia State Patrol. However, PETA is requesting a memorial to the chickens that died at the scene, saying at a minimum it would remind passing motorists to be more alert and prevent future crashes. Mr. Knapp, who is a deputy at the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, was charged with failure to yield when entering or crossing a roadway.

There was a second accident in the same week, on Tuesday evening, involving a truck carrying live chickens as well. Jason D. Johnson Jr., 32 years old, was driving a 2000 Honda CRX with his nine-year-old daughter as a passenger in the car. At the same time, 56-year-old Jeffrey L. Akins was driving a 2005 International tractor with a trailer loaded full of live chickens. The tractor stopped at an intersection and was about to cross the northbound lanes when the emergency air-line supply to the trailer malfunctioned, locking the trailer wheels. The tractor stopped in the roadway, blocking the northbound lanes. Mr. Akins tried to maneuver the tractor out of the way of oncoming cars, but could not. Mr. Johnson was on the road in the wrong place at the wrong time and smashed into the trailer between the rear wheels. The Honda CRX slid under the trailer. Mr. Johnson died at the scene. His daughter, who was sitting in the back seat, was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital by emergency workers. Mr. Akins was not injured. The accident is still under investigation.

Atlanta Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers

Vehicle accidents can have serious costs, including injuries and loss of life, as well as bringing stress and financial bills to individuals and families. If you or a loved one has been injured in a road accident with a truck, tractor trailer, or another large commercial vehicle, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter may be able to help get the compensation needed and deserved. There may be complicated issues in these cases, including potential product malfunction like above. 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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Fatal Multi-Truck Crash

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Our Atlanta car and truck accident attorneys read a news story last week about a deadly crash that involved two pick up trucks and one large 18-wheeler semi-truck in Worth County. The drivers of both pick up trucks died as a result of this tragic accident.

On Friday January 17th, around 5:20 in the evening, Charles H. Lunsford, 81-years-old from Sumner, was driving his 2001 grey Chevrolet Silverado west on Shingle Sumner Road in Poulan. Mr. Lunsford tried to turn left onto Highway 112, but he turned into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer, and was hit by the 18-wheeler driving north, driven by 44-year-old Gary Brinkley. Mr. Brinkley tried to avoid hitting the Chevy, but couldn’t brake in time. The impact forced Mr. Lunsford’s Chevy to the east shoulder. Gregory Jacob “Jake” Williams, a 23-year-old from Sylvester in Worth County, was driving a 1998 Ford F150 pick up truck southbound at the time. The tractor trailer also hit him, forcing his truck into the west shoulder.

Jake Williams died at the scene from his injuries. Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Walter Spurlin told reporters that the day of the accident was Jake’s 23rd birthday. He had lived in Worth County his entire life and had a young daughter, Adalynn. Jake worked at Driller Services in Ashburn, and was a member or Worth Lodge 194 F&AM.

Mr. Lunsford was airlifted to Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, but he later died of his injuries while being treated. Mr. Brinkley was taken to Tift Regional Medical Center by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

Georgia State Patrol says they do not believe drug or alcohol impairment was a factor in this tragic accident. The investigation determined that Mr. Lunsford was at fault for failing to yield the right of way when he turned left. This shows how one driving mistake can cost lives, not only the life of Mr. Lunsford, but Mr. Williams as well. Driving is something we all take for granted, but can be dangerous to others and ourselves and needs to be taken seriously and with care and attention. This is especially true when sharing the road with large tractor trailers. Even if the tractor trailer drivers are responsible and careful drivers, the simple size and weight of their vehicles makes them dangerous if another driver causes an accident, as well.

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If you or a family member have been in an accident with a truck or tractor trailer, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter may be able to help get the compensation needed and deserved. Multi-vehicle accident crashes can be complicated and an attorney can help you understand your potential case. To discuss what happened and how to move forward with a legal 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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Tractor Trailer Crash Injures Three

Our Atlanta vehicle accident lawyers saw a news story about an accident that happened just before Christmas. The accident happened in Cherokee County and involved three vehicles, one of which was a tractor trailer, a vehicle which this blog discusses often as a danger on the road if driven negligently. Tractor trailers weigh 16 times more than the average passenger vehicle. They also need the length of a football field to be able to come to a complete stop, which is dangerous if a situation requires sudden braking. As the story below shows, they are also difficult to manoeuvre and can cause problems simply by turning. In 2009, 1,200 people died from tractor trailer accidents in Georgia alone, almost all of which were travelling in much smaller and more vulnerable passenger cars, rather than the truck itself. The same year, 1.5 million tractor trailer accidents caused injury in the US, showing the scale of the problem on our roads.

Big Rig

On a Sunday morning shortly before Christmas, Louella Ann Barber, a 72-year-old woman from Canton, was driving her 2006 Nissan Pathfinder on Highway 20/ Knox Bridge Highway west of the Georgia National Cemetery. A tractor trailer was coming from the opposite direction driven by 40-year-old Roman A. Tinajero. The 18-wheel big rig was trying to get around a curve in the road, which can be difficult with such a large cumbersome vehicle. Mr. Tinajero overcorrected on the turn and crossed into oncoming traffic, hitting Ms. Barber’s Pathfinder head on. The tractor trailer jackknifed, and the Pathfinder flipped off the roadway. As this happened, 18-year-old Trevor Lee Moyer was driving his Toyota Corolla and couldn’t brake in time to avoid hitting the back of the tractor trailer as it came to a stop.

Georgia State Patrol Spokesman Gordy Wright told reporters that Ms. Barber was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, where she was in critical condition. Two passengers in Mr. Moyer’s Corolla, 49-year-old Charles Moyer and 15-year-old Victor Moyer, were also taken to Wellstar Kennestone with injuries. Wright said that charges were pending the completion of the investigation into the crash. Mr. Tinajero has now been charged with failure to maintain a lane, driving too fast for conditions, and driving on the wrong side of the roadway.

Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyers

There are many issues with accident cases involving commercial vehicles, as these big 18-wheel tractor trailers usually are.  If you or a loved one has been involved in a vehicle accident with a truck or tractor trailer, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter can help you understand your case and what steps may be taken.  A personal injury attorney may be able to help get the compensation needed and deserved.  To discuss an accident you or a loved one were involved in, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8949, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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