I-16 Truck Accident in Atlanta That Left Three People Dead


August 26, 2017

Our Georgia Trucking Accident Attorney Discusses Explosive I-16 Truck Accident in Atlanta That Left Three People Dead

An Atlanta area truck driver is facing vehicular homicide charges after allegedly causing a catastrophic and fatal accident on I-16 earlier this month, which has been extensively covered on the news.  The accident happened when the truck driver slammed his tractor-trailer into the back of a Chevy Cobalt and a pickup truck.  Both vehicles caught fire immediately, and the driver of the pickup truck was burned beyond recognition. 

As such, his identity was unknown initially following the accident.  The driver of the Chevy Cobalt also suffered fatal injuries from this accident.  Additionally, a church van was involved in this accident, and one of its occupants died, totaling three fatalities caused by this I-16 accident.  All other victims suffered serious burns and are receiving treatment at various hospitals including burn-victim facilities.

What Went Wrong?

Many questions about this explosive and catastrophic accident only produce more questions instead of providing answers about what went wrong.  We have no explanation from the driver of the tractor-trailer at this point to hear his version of the facts, and why he slammed into two vehicles at such a high speed.  There are many factors that may have potentially played a role in causing this accident.  Such factors include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Whether the driver of the tractor-trailer was operating his truck under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • Whether the tractor-trailer suffered brake failure preventing its ability from stopping to avoid the accident;
  • Whether the driver of the tractor-trailer was fatigued or drowsy at the time of the accident (such as falling asleep at the wheel);
  • Whether the tractor-trailer suffered tire failure at the time this accident occurred; and
  • Whether any other component-related failure contributed to this accident.

The Consequences of a Catastrophic Highway Trucking Accident

It is clear from this I-16 accident that the impact of the tractor-trailer slamming into the back of a pickup truck and Chevy Cobalt was sufficient enough to cause these two vehicles to catch fire.  Such extensive damage demonstrates that the surviving victims of this accident may have suffered severe burns, which could then result in permanent scarring – an injury that lasts a lifetime.

In addition to burns and scarring, many of the I-16 victims may have suffered other debilitating injuries, making their futures uncertain.  Such potential injuries include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), such as concussions and swelling in the brain;
  • Broken, fractured or shattered bones, as well as other orthopedic injuries;
  • Cuts, lacerations, gashes, and other soft tissue injuries that may require stitches;
  • Damage to internal organs (such as organ perforation);
  • Respiratory distress and smoke inhalation;
  • Spinal cord damage; and
  • Amputation.

If you have been injured in any type of truck accident involving someone else's negligence, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights.

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Sources: 

http://www.ajc.com/news/local/metro-atlanta-driver-charged-after-fiery-crash-kills/jX7JV9FJBE5VmvCfF3ibaP/

http://www.wsbradio.com/news/local/names-released-deadly-church-van-crash-tractor-trailer-driver-charged/ZyEbRC9lfDvDljGK9C29vK/  

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