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Fatal Cherokee County Tractor Trailer Accident Result of Suspected Brake Failure

October 05, 2010

A fatal tractor trailer crash in Cherokee County last week serves as a grim reminder of the dangers posed by commercial trucks that have vital systems fail. The semi-truck plowed through an intersection as it exited Interstate 575 toward Highway 140. The accident which caused the death of the other driver in a passenger vehicle and injury to his passenger is believed to have stemmed from the big rig truck's brake failure. The accident demonstrates the fatal potential of a collision between a massive tractor trailer and small passenger vehicle.

The driver in the passenger vehicle had little chance to avoid the collision and even less chance of surviving uninjured given the massive weight difference between the vehicles. Tragically, fatalities and catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries, spinal chord injuries, and internal organ damage are very common in trucking accidents. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing tractor trailer accident victims for over 39 years in Atlanta and throughout Georgia.

Although the Cherokee County trucking accident is still under investigation, the family of the victim will need legal representation to make sure critical evidence is preserved. The tractor trailer may have been equipped with a computer data recorder referred to in the trucking industry as a "black box." This black box is much like the type used by the FAA in airline crashes to reconstruct the cause of a commercial airline crash. It will provide critical information about the condition of the vehicle and the driver's actions immediately proceeding the Cherokee County tractor trailer accident. Because the police suspect the semi-truck's brakes failed, the black box may be able to provide critical information confirming this system failure.

After a big-rig accident of this type where it is suspected that the brakes may have failed, it is important that a qualified Georgia trucking accident attorney contact the trucking company to make sure the condition of the truck brake system is not altered and that the black box data is not erased. An examination of the vehicle will be necessary to determine if any brake failure was the fault of inadequate maintenance by the trucking company, a third party maintenance company, or a defect in the brake system or its component parts. This information will be critical in determining who is responsible for the victim's injuries.

If you or someone you love is involved in a tragic tractor trailer accident anywhere in the State of Georgia, the compassionate team at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, will carefully investigate the circumstances of the accident and take the necessary actions to ensure that the evidence regarding the cause of the accident is preserved. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing those injured in trucking accidents and car accident victims for over 39 years. Our Georgia truck accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia including, but not limited to, Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at No matter where you are, we are just a phone call away and we will even come to you.

Category: Personal Injury

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