Falling Debris from Tractor-Trailer Causes Car Crash on GA 400 Northbound


January 04, 2011

A tractor-trailer caused a car crash on Georgia 400 when debris fell from a commercial truck driving northbound on GA 400. According to police, debris from the tractor-trailer covered the highway damaging cars and causing a car crash after debris went through the windshield of a car and struck the occupant in the face and head. The woman injured by debris falling from the tractor-trailer load was hospitalized for her injuries but is expected to completely recover.

While most commercial truck drivers are well-trained and careful, that is not always the case. Unfortunately, other drivers injured by tractor-trailer loads that are not properly secured can suffer serious injuries which cause permanent disability and even wrongful death. The knowledgeable and experienced legal team at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing Georgia tractor-trailer victims injured by unsecured loads and debris falling from commercial trucks for over a quarter of a century.

Georgia drivers face many roadway hazards that can cause injury including negligent drivers, defective vehicles, and dangerous roadways just to name a few. These risks are compounded when a commercial truck with a load that is not secure or excessive in weight or size is added to the mix. Like the GA 400 accident, debris or parts of the load can fall from the tractor-trailer and directly damage a car or cause serious injuries including head and neck injuries or brain damage by crashing through the window of a car, pickup truck or SUV. Debris or unsecured items being transported can also cause obstructions in the roadway which lead to serious car accidents.

Even when objects do not fall from the tractor-trailer, slight shifts in the load can cause the truck to jackknife or the truck driver to otherwise lose control of the tractor-trailer which can result in fatal car crashes. If the commercial truck has not been loaded properly or the load has not been secured sufficiently, the tractor-trailer's center of gravity may be off- causing the driver to lose control of the truck or the truck to tip or jackknife. When a tractor-trailer collides with a passenger vehicle, the results are often tragic. The massive weight and size differential often means that the occupants of the passenger vehicle suffer catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries, severe spinal cord damage, broken bones or fractures, paralysis and even wrongful death.

Many parties can share responsibility for the improper loading or securing of a load on a tractor-trailer. It is important that there be an immediate investigation following a tractor-trailer accident to determine why the load shifted or fell and to determine all potential responsible parties. This is critical to ensuring that you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.

The caring team at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has obtained fair compensation for families just like yours who have suffered serious injuries or wrongful death in Georgia trucking accidents and automobile accidents. If you or a loved one is involved in a Georgia trucking accident, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, can represent you as we have tractor-trailer accident victims throughout Georgia for over 25 years. Our Georgia commercial trucking accident attorneys 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 www.montlick.com. No matter where you are, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Truck Accidents

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