On Wednesday, June 4th, a tractor-trailer driver slammed into the rear of a Dodge pickup which then slammed into another Dodge pickup truck towing a trailer. Authorities say all three trucks were traveling in the westbound lanes when they came upon a mower which was straddling the right lane and the shoulder according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
Investigators believe the first pickup was unable to get around the mower so the driver came to a complete stop. The second pickup truck stopped in time to avoid colliding with the first pickup. But the tractor-trailer was not and rear-ended the second pickup which was pushed into the first pickup. Both the tractor-trailer and the pickup overturned.
The driver of the second pickup truck struck by the tractor-trailer, Cody Grayson Brantley, 29, of Winder, Georgia, was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the first pickup suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The truck driver, Robert Bly of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was charged with two misdemeanors; second-degree homicide by vehicle and following too closely, the Journal-Constitution reported.
The accident tied up both directions of Hwy 316 for several hours as investigators worked the scene and the debris was cleared.
Police did not say whether Bly was speeding but, speaking from experience, the majority of motorists on the interstates and highways in the metropolitan Atlanta-area travel at high rates of speed, often in excess of 70 miles. So, speed plays a role in many Atlanta truck accidents.
Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things a person must go through, and it is especially hard to comprehend when that loss was the fault of negligent driver who was not paying attention to the road or how fast they are going. On top of their grief, surviving family members must also deal with medical bills and funeral expenses. This can be an unimaginable burden for a family when the loved killed is also the primary provider. The money recovered through a wrongful death suit won’t alleviate a person’s grief, but it will ensure survivors are not overwhelmed with debt and they receive compensation that recognizes their pain.
Medical costs in the U.S. are among the highest worldwide and relatively minor injury can set an accident victims back thousands. The costs of a serious injury skyrocket and soon a truck accident victim and their family will accumulate unimaginable medical debt. If they are not at-fault for an accident then they shouldn’t have to cover those costs out of their paycheck or savings and a Georgia truck accident attorney will make certain they don’t by pursing a careless driver for compensation.
Truck accident victims and their surviving family members face many challenges, the last thing they need is the hassle of trying to get compensation. When a truck accident victim retains an Atlanta truck accident attorney, they don’t have to worry about how they are going to cover their bills or put food on the table because they have an adept legal team working on their case.