Interstate traffic can at times be difficult to maneuver. Vehicles and drivers can also have a hard time merging back into the flow of traffic if they have had to stop for some reason. If a truck driver does not ensure that a lane is clear before attempting to get back on the roadway, a semi truck accident could occur. In turn, if serious injuries or a fatality results from such an accident, a legal situation could also arise.
It was recently reported that an accident involving two semi trucks took place in Georgia. One of the trucks was in the emergency lane and was working to merge back into moving traffic. However, when merging, the driver moved into the path of an oncoming truck, which led to the second semi truck colliding with the first.
The driver of the second semi truck suffered fatal injuries in the accident. That driver was not considered at fault in the crash. An investigation is currently open regarding the accident, and it was not disclosed at the time of the report whether the driver of the first semi truck will be facing any charges.
A semi-truck accident that results in the death of another driver can also lead to serious legal ramifications. The driver of the first truck could face criminal charges, and the family members of the victim will likely face their own hardships as they come to terms with their loss. While working through the emotional pain, financial burdens may also be a concern, and as a result, the family may wish to consider filing a wrongful death claim in Georgia that could help in the pursuit of compensation.
Source: wtoc.com, “Driver killed in I-16 wreck ID’ed“, March 4, 2015