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Georgia Man Dies Following Single-Vehicle Log Trucking Accident

August 20, 2016

A Georgia man tragically lost his life as a result of a single-vehicle trucking accident in Harris County. As the log truck was traveling on Lick Skillet Road near GA 219, the truck driver swerved off the road and plummeted down thirty-five feet from a cliff. There are no details on what specifically may have caused or contributed to the cause of this terrible accident. The fact that no other vehicles were involved in the accident should help investigators to narrow down the potential cause(s) of the accident.

Common Cause of Single-Vehicle Trucking Accidents

Because we do not yet know the specific facts surrounding this Harris County log trucking accident, we can only speculate as to what could have potentially gone wrong. Based on past trucking accidents, there are some causes of single-vehicle trucking accidents that we have seen before. Such causes include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Falling asleep at the wheel – Truck drivers often work long and hard hours that require them to be awake more than the average driver. While there are limits placed on how many hours a truck driver can drive on any given day, the fatigue can still set in and cause a driver to become drowsy and potentially fall asleep at the wheel.
  • Trying to avoid an animal or object in the road – Depending on where a truck driver is at the time of an accident, it is possible that something in the roadway may have caused a truck driver to swerve off the road to avoid an animal or object blocking the way, such as a deer, log or power line, to name a few.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs – Just like any passenger vehicle accident, trucking accidents may involve a truck driver operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Such impairment can certainly cause a driver to leave the roadway.
  • Brake Failure – Trucks must be able to handle extremely heavy loads which can be very hard on a truck's brakes. If brake failure occurs, a truck driver can experience a situation where he or she leaves the roadway, trying to find a way to come to a stop.
  • Tire Failure – Whether a tire becomes flat, or the tread separates or explodes, the consequences can be catastrophic. A tire problem can result in a truck driver being forced off the roadway, leading the truck down a path he or she cannot avoid.

Whatever may have been the cause of this log trucking accident, the fact remains that a man lost his life and has left loved ones behind. This accident is an example of how dangerous single-vehicle trucking accidents can be. There does not need to be another vehicle involved for a trucking accident to turn tragic in an instant.

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If you have been injured, or a lost a loved one as a result of a trucking accident, you should consider contacting an attorney to determine what legal options may be available to you. Trucking accidents have left man individuals seriously injured, and many others have lost their lives.

At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our firm has more than thirty years of experience representing the rights and interests of their injured clients from all across Georgia. If you would like to speak with a Trucking Accident Attorney about your situation, contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law today by calling (800) LAW-NEED (529-6333) to schedule your free consultation. You may also visit us online at, to complete a Free Case Evaluation Form, and you may also participate in a 24-hour Live Online Chat.

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