From the Atlantic coast of Savannah to the plains west of Atlanta, transport by truck remains the best way to get produce and manufactured goods to communities in Georgia. Semitrucks and other heavy vehicles can also cause more than their share of problems on the road, as the sheer weight and speed of moving trucks can cause serious damage, injury or even death when drivers lose control or are distracted from the road.
A husband and wife were recently killed when their pickup truck collided with a tractor-trailer on the Fall Line Freeway in Baldwin County. The Georgia State Police stated that the semi was traveling south on Vinson Highway and failed to stop at a stop sign before blocking the freeway. The victims' truck then struck driver's side of the semi, which then rolled onto the pickup, trapping the couple.
The two victims were identified by the Georgia State Police as they attempted to reconstruct and investigate the scene of the accident. The driver of the semi, identified as a 30-year-old man from Milledgeville, may be charged after the investigation is complete, according to officers.
Regardless of any criminal charges, the victims of a trucking accident or their survivors may be able to claim financial damages in civil court. These may include reimbursement for expenses related to a crash, compensation for pain and emotional distress, funeral costs, the loss of companionship or guidance and the other consequences of a tragic event.
Trying to deal with the insurance companies working on behalf of a trucking company can be an impossible task for anyone unfamiliar with the process. Insurers are never eager to pay out what they should in a large claim. That's why it's often best for victims or the families of victims to have experienced legal representation. Truck accident lawsuits are unlike other lawsuits regarding vehicular accidents because of the many possible complications and the sheer size of the potential damages.