Posts Tagged ‘Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys’
DECATUR COUNTY, GA – A motorist from Climax, Georgia was killed in Decatur County, GA on Monday, February 6, 2012 when his car struck a semi truck that was blocking both directions of traffic.
BRASELTON, GA – A woman driving under the influence the wrong way on I-85 in Braselton, GA was critically injured after she crashed into two semi trucks and was ejected from her SUV on Friday, November 4, 2011.
ATLANTA, GA – A newlywed was killed on April 25 in Atlanta, GA when her car rolled over after being clipped by a semi truck.
Atlanta is in Fulton County, Georgia in the northwest-central part of the state about 147 miles northwest of Augusta. ... Read More
SAVANNAH, GA – A 3 year old boy was killed when a semi truck crashed into a minivan carrying a family heading south on I-95 about 45 miles outside of Savannah, Georgia in McIntosh County near mile marker 63 on December 27, 2009 about 12:30 pm.
The Thornton family from Pittsburgh, PA was on its way to a vacation in Florida when the semi tractor-trailer plowed into the rear of their minivan, killing 3-year old Sean Thornton who was in a car seat at the time.
According to Georgia State Police, at the time of the accident, the minivan was being driven by his mother, Susan Thornton, 38 years old who is listed in critical condition at a hospital in Savannah, GA.
The boy’s father, Daniel Thornton, 47 years old, and two other children Christopher, age 8 and Sarah, age 5 were also in the vehicle at the time. All sustained injuries – some serious, but all were reported as non-life-threatening.
The accident occurred when heavy traffic forced the family’s vehicle to slow down to about 5 mph when the 18 wheeler, driven by Willie Hill, 50 years old from Jacksonville, FL, slammed into the back of the minivan. The force of the accident caused the vehicles to become entangled and to be shoved off the roadway into the woods by the side of the road, knocking down a couple of trees along the way.
According to witnesses, the big rig was travelling about 70 mph at the time and never braked before plowing into the van. According to a story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Hill could face criminal charges. Georgia State Patrol said that the accident is being investigated, but as of this morning, a spokeswoman from the district attorney’s office in McIntosh County said no charges had been filed.
Below is a Google street view of the approximate stretch of highway where the accident occurrred on Interstate 95 about 45 miles south of Savannah, GA. You can click and drag the mouse button to get a 360 degree view of the scene.
EDGEFIELD, SC – On Monday, Oct 26, 2009 at about 7:00 am, a man driving a small pickup truck was killed when a piece of heavy equipment fell off the flatbed of a tractor trailer truck onto the pickup truck after the semi truck ran into a train trestle in Edgefield, SC. The semi truck accident occurred on a stretch of Augusta Road (Highway 25) about 25 miles from Augusta, GA. Investigators believe that this fatal accident could have been avoided because the semi truck was driving on a stretch of road that is not intended for trucks.
The semi truck accident occurred because the trestle has a 13 foot clearance but the load that the semi truck was carrying was 14 feet. That is what caused the heavy load to fall off the flatbed trailer. Trucks are supposed to take a bypass route when they enter Edgefield on Hwy 25. The bypass is clearly marked with a sign that says “Thru Trucks Prohibited.”
The deceased pickup truck driver has been identified by Deputy Coroner David Burnett as Jeremy Jay, 27 years old, from Edgefield. Burnett said that massive head trauma was the cause of death.
The semi truck driver was charged with failing to obey warning signs and for the height of the load. The heavy equipment was being hauled to Greenwood, SC. The driver was from Houston, Texas.
The NBC station in Augusta, GA has provided a video where a residents in the area near the trestle tell a reporter that similar truck accidents are common and occur for the same reason. A neighbor points out that just a few months ago a truck hit the trestle and flipped over onto its side. Fortunately, in that accident, no one was hurt. Truck drivers are either unaware of the bypass route or rely too heavily on GPS systems instead of paying attention to the many signs on the road.
Below is a Google Street View of the scene of the accident. You can see a clear view of the Augusta Highway and the trestle where the accident occurred. You can click your mouse button and drag it around to get a feel of the lay of the land.
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