Fatal Truck Crash in Gwinnett Under Investigation

Thumbnail image for Truck4.jpgA truck driver is in custody after a crash early this morning in Gwinnett County that has ended in the loss of a man’s life. This accident involved a car and a tractor trailer at an intersection — which, from my practice as a Gwinnett County tractor trailer accident lawyer, I know can be a recipe for potential disaster.

What we know thus far from the account reported in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution is that the tragedy occurred this morning on Georgia Route 316 at 6:45 in the morning. The driver of a Nissan Maxima was apparently driving westbound on Georgia 316. The truck was driving in an eastbound direction and turning left onto Hurricane Trail when the car ended up under the tractor-trailer. The car became lodged under the tractor trailer and in order to remove it, the Gwinnett Fire Department’s rescue team used both lumber and air bags to lift the heavy truck up so that the car could be removed from under it. The car had to be cut so that the car’s driver could be taken from the vehicle.

The road was closed in one direction during the rescue of the driver. The driver of the Nissan was taken to the hospital and was in critical condition immediately after the accident, but did not survive his injuries. This is a terrible tragedy that is under investigation and the truck driver has been criminally charged in the accident.

Until the facts are known we can only surmise what might have happened. It is always necessary for a vehicle making a left turn to yield to oncoming traffic. Because this is the case, it seems likely that the authorities believe the tractor trailer driver made the left turn without yielding to the oncoming car.

Criminal charges are often brought after a fatal truck or car accident. The decision to bring charges can be based on several factors. If a person is driving under the influence or is otherwise driving in a reckless manner and a death results, the person can be charged with homicide by vehicle under Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 40-6-393 and related provisions. The severity of the charges can also depend on whether the person left the scene of the accident, had intention to cause harm or did not have the intention to cause harm.

In my practice as a truck crash lawyer, I deal with families and their loved ones after serious or fatal injury. It can take a long while for families to overcome the emotional impact of an accident that results in the loss of a loved one. My job is take on the responsibility for the legal and financial guidance, and sometimes the estate administration that is often needed. If you would like to talk with me personally and at no charge regarding a truck or car accident or other personal injury matter, please contact me at your convenience. I will listen and provide advice to you about your situation.

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