Late last week, a 66-year-old man was killed after his car was involved in an accident on I-75. The Telegraph reported that a Warner Robins man was driving on I-75 when he ran into a stopped tractor-trailer.
The deceased man was driving a utility truck heading northbound when he crashed into a disabled Nestle company truck. The evidence suggests that the disabled truck had recently hit another truck on the interstate. It is unclear whether the hazard lights were on in the truck, but no one reported seeing any lights. As a result, the victim was unable to notice that the truck was not moving until it was too late.
Emergency personnel attempted to revive the man after he was taken out of his truck, but the man lost consciousness. He was transported to the Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he died a short time later.
Duty of Those Operating Trucks
Truck drivers must often maintain a higher level of care than other drivers because of the weight of their vehicles and the possibility that their cargo may cause even greater damage than a car or smaller truck.
Individuals driving trucks must first ensure that their trucks are in proper working condition before embarking on any journey. They must then also be alert and concentrate on their surroundings while they are driving. Most importantly, if they are in an unfortunate accident, they must take all necessary steps to ensure that no further damage is done.
In the above instance, it seems that the truck driver was involved in an accident and then proceeded to leave his vehicle in the middle of the road. Although it is unclear whether he had his hazard lights on, it is important for all truck drivers to take that step in order to ensure the safety of others.
In order to establish liability an individual must be able to prove that the truck driver was acting negligently. Negligence can include:
– Not abiding by traffic regulations;
– Operating a car in a dangerous or deadly manner;
– Driving under the influence; or
– Leaving a truck unattended in a location that will likely cause an accident.
After proving negligence, the accident victim must also be able to prove that he or she suffered some sort of injury because of the negligence. If an individual is able to do this, he or she may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured as a Result of a Truck Accident?
If you or someone you love has recently been injured as result of a truck accident, you may be eligible for compensation due to the other party’s negligence. You must be able to establish that your injuries were caused by another individual’s actions. It is important that you are able to prove all the necessary elements of negligence. Additionally, you must be able to establish that you were not at fault for the accident. Please contact us by calling 770-284-3727 to set up a free initial consultation with one of our dedicated personal injury attorneys.
See Related Blog Posts
Sheriff’s Deputy Caught in Hit-and-Run Accident, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, July 24, 2014.
Eight-Vehicle Accident on I-75 Kills Four, Injures Thirteen, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, August 21, 2014.