Georgia Woman Loses her Life in Waycross Tanker Truck Accident


March 15, 2016

Some of the most serious (and often deadly) accidents that occur in Georgia each year involve heavy semi-trucks or tractor trailers. In Georgia, there are also many more commercial trucks traveling along interstates and highways than ever before. The increased number of tractor-trailer trucks on the road, the weight of these trucks and highway speeds create a higher risk for Georgia drivers. However, our truck accident attorneys have often represented many accident victims in Georgia who have been hit by a truck along rural roadways. Our attorneys recommend that all drivers become aware of the common causes of truck accidents, which occur along highways, interstates and even rural roadways.

As experienced truck accident attorneys, we have found that each and every truck accident case typically presents a unique set of facts, circumstances and causes. A few common causes of truck accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • speeding,
  • inattentive driving,
  • failure to use a turn signal when changing lanes,
  • driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol,
  • or falling asleep at the wheel.

A recent three-car accident involving a woman from Georgia, a tanker truck, and another passenger vehicle demonstrates that Georgia trucking accidents truly can occur at any given time or place. This particular accident occurred at a roadway intersection, and not along a major highway. However, this accident was just as serious, and resulted in the untimely tragic death of the Georgia woman.

As the woman was attempting to turn left at an intersection, she was struck by an oncoming tanker truck. The collision then resulted in a third vehicle being struck. While the woman tragically lost her life, the occupants of the tanker truck and the third passenger vehicle survived the accident unscathed.

The tanker truck driver was hauling diesel fuel, but luckily there was no explosion. In some truck accidents, where a tanker truck is hauling fuel or other combustibles, the accident can ignite the fuel fumes resulting in catastrophic injuries such as amputations, burns, or death.

Most trucking accidents we hear and read about in Georgia occur on our highways, and involve heavy semi-trucks or tractor trailers. The causes of these accidents vary, and include, but are not limited to, speeding, inattentive driving, failure to use a turn signal when changing lanes, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or falling asleep at the wheel. While most of us know that trucking accidents will typically present their own unique facts and circumstances, we still generally expect trucking accidents to occur on highways where speed tends to be a big factor. We oftentimes forget that serious truck accidents can also take place on our smaller roadways.

One of the first questions that injured victims and their loved ones ask following an accident is "who was at fault?" This burning question is not always easy to answer. The cause of accidents, especially one involving a large and potentially dangerous tanker truck, can be extremely difficult to determine, and is often disputed by those involved in the accident. Therefore, it is crucial to consider how a Georgia Trucking Accident Attorney can help you and your loved ones get to the bottom of what really happened, and take the necessary steps to protect your rights.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Experience to Work For You!

If you, a loved one or someone you know has been involved in a Georgia Trucking Accident, it is important that you act quickly to pursue your legal rights for fair and full compensation. At Montlick and Associates, our firm has been representing personal injury victims throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 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 www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Source:

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/georgia/police-woman-65-killed-in-waycross-crash-involving-tanker-truck/73898779

Category: Truck Accidents

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