Georgia roads have many trucks going to and through the state. These vehicles must be properly maintained and operated safely to avoid accidents with injuries and fatalities. When there are truck accidents, there are many ways in which people can be injured even if they are not initially involved in a truck-auto crash. If, for example, a part of the truck was improperly secured, it can come loose and hit another vehicle. When any kind of truck accident happens and people are injured or lose their lives, having legal assistance can be one way of pursuing compensation in a lawsuit.
A tire came loose from a truck and hit an a car on Interstate 75. It resulted in the death of a woman in the vehicle. The driver of the truck, 31, was arrested on a misdemeanor for second-degree vehicular homicide. He faces other charges related to the equipment on the truck and its safety requirements. The trucker was driving his 18-wheeler when two tires came off. One went over the median and hit a 2019 model vehicle heading in the opposite direction.
The local coroner said the roof was nearly taken off the second vehicle. After it was hit by the tire, the car crashed into a second tractor-trailer. It then hit the median. The 36-year-old female driver of the second car died on impact. Her parents and child were in the vehicle with her, but their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. The first truck stopped safely. The case is still being investigated.
Truck accidents can be unusual. An example is this case as it is uncommon for tires to come loose from passenger vehicles, but it can happen with large trucks. Other problems with trucks that can cause a crash including aggressive driving, driving while distracted, drowsy driving, truckers ignoring the federal rules for how long they can stay on the road at one time, and other risky behaviors.
When there is a truck accident and an arrest, it does not automatically mean that the victim and the victim’s family will be successful in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. The case must be investigated with evidence gathered to formulate an effective strategy. For the family left behind after this unfortunate accident, it is helpful to speak to an attorney experienced in truck accidents to pursue a civil case.