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Semi-Truck Driver Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter after Fiery Rear-Impact Collision

February 07, 2014

When semi-trucks are involved in a collision, the very nature of the accident changes because of the massive size and weight of these large trucks. Although rear-end collisions involving any type of motor vehicle can cause serious injury, vehicle occupants in rear impact crashes often escape serious injury. However, a "rear-ender" involving a commercial truck is different because even low speed collisions can be devastating when one of the vehicles outweighs the other vehicle by more than 25 times, as evidenced by a recent fatal semi-truck accident.

A commercial driver from Lawrenceville in Gwinnett County faces two charges of reckless driving and first-degree vehicular homicide after slamming into the back of a BMW X5, triggering a chain reaction crash involving three vehicles according the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) account. The collisions caused the death of two people and injury to five more. The fiery crash was part of a massive wreck that sent flames and billing smoke into the air and shut down all lanes of I-75.

While the crash is still under investigation, the fact that the truck driver struck a vehicle from behind may be a factor in the commercial driver being charged. There are many causes of rear impact collisions that may constitute negligence, such as:

  • Following too closely
  • Driving at an unsafe speed
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Driver inattention

Although liability is not automatic in a rear-end collision, drivers that strike other vehicles from behind will more often than not be considered negligent because the law requires that motorists observe a safe following distance. Our experienced Georgia trucking accident attorneys recognize that these types of crashes present special evidentiary challenges. The trucking company may repair damage to the semi-truck and place it back into operation as soon as permissible. This can result not only in the loss of vehicular damage that provides insight for an accident reconstruction expert, but also information recorded by the semi-truck's event data recorder.

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Category: Truck Accidents

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