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Mother Killed by Runaway Semi Truck Near Cartersville

September 24, 2015

Recently, a Cartersville family was on their way home when a tractor trailer crashed into their pickup truck, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The parents reportedly worked as missionaries in Italy and had recently returned on furlough. They were traveling with their two young children, ages two and four. Sadly, the 30 year old missionary, wife and mother were killed instantly in the truck accident. The husband and children were injured, but expected to survive the horrific accident.

Investigations have revealed that the truck driver was outside of his vehicle conducting a safety inspection when it started to roll. The driver had reportedly parked his tractor trailer at a chemical plant on Highway 41. Employees report that the truck driver was acting erratic before the accident and police found he was under the influence of a mind-altering drug at the time of the accident. The driver has been charged with DUI, vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. Police believe the parking brake on the truck was either not set or simply failed, causing the truck to roll down the hill and strike the other truck containing the missionary family.

Truck Driver Drug Use Claims Thousands of Lives a Year

Annually, drug usage among truckers claims thousands of lives. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that in 67 percent of all fatal truck accidents over a one year period, the presence of at least one drug was uncovered. Over 33 percent of drivers had drugs and alcohol in their blood stream at the time of the accident.

Strict federal guidelines require employers to frequently monitor their drivers for the use of drugs and alcohol.  Thus, employers must randomly test at least half of all drivers annually. However, these tests do not seem to be much of a deterrent given that drug and alcohol use remains high. New technologies that allow drug or alcohol users to still pass tests are likely at least partially to blame for the seeming ineffectiveness of drug and alcohol tests.

Truck drivers control massive vehicles that often weigh in at up to 80,000 pounds. When not skillfully controlled, these large vehicles can inflict serious damage. Truck drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol can fail to avoid obstacles, perceive circumstances inaccurately, and make costly mistakes. If you are involved in a truck accident with a driver that may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, enlist the assistance of a knowledgeable truck accident attorney as soon as possible so that you can learn of your legal rights as well as take the necessary steps to protect your right to compensation.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Justice for Truck Accident Victims and Their Families

If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a truck accident, the Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. Our firm has over 36 years of experience assisting injured truck accident victims and the bereaved families of deceased truck accident victims. We represent injury and accident victims throughout the State of Georgia and in the Southeast. The sooner you act, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery for your injuries. As such, do not delay in seeking legal assistance as you have a limited time in which to file a personal injury claim following your truck accident. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


Category: Truck Accidents

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