DeKalb County, GA- The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest days on Georgia roads especially on the interstates in and around the Atlanta Metropolitan area. An accident occurring in DeKalb County on left a mother and son dead and forced police to shut down the northbound lanes of I-285.

According to Fox 5 Atlanta, the accident occurred just after 6 a.m. on Friday, July 4th when a minivan carrying two parents and their two sons slammed into the rear of a tractor-trailer. In video footage at the scene, the viewer can see that the minivan struck the tractor-trailer with such force that the front passenger side was smashed almost completely underneath the side of tractor-trailer.

The van was being driven by a Sandy Springs man, who was returning home with his wife and two sons after a vacation, Fox 5 learned. The mother, who was in the front passenger seat, was pronounced dead on the scene and had to be extricated from the van. A ten year-old boy initially survived the crash and was flown to a local hospital where he later died.

Both the father and a 13 year-old boy survived the crash.

The accident is still under investigation so no cause has been determined and no one has been charged.

This accident is a poignant reminder of how deadly accidents with tractor-trailers can be and how these accidents can tear apart a family. Those who have lost a loved one in a devastating truck accident will have many questions such as: Who is responsible for my truck accident? What do I do next? Who is responsible for my medical bills? Can I get a settlement that also takes into account the emotional suffering I have endured?

A DeKalb County truck accident attorney understands the confusion and pain a family goes through when they lose a loved one in a devastating truck accident. Your truck accident attorney will have the answers to your questions  and will vigorously fight to assure you get every last penny of compensation you deserve. They we will negligent parties responsible for their actions and assure their clients get the compensation they need.

Also, this accident highlights an issue about truck safety that is often ignored: underride guards. These guards, which can be seen on the rear of tractor-trailers, help keep cars from going under the trailer of a truck when an accident occurs and saves numerous lives each year. But in many cases, these underride guards are damaged and insufficient enough to protect motorists from sliding underneath a trailer.

Federal regulations require all tractor-trailers operating on U.S. roads must have an underride guards on the rear but there is no requirement to have these guards on the side, a safety measure that could save even more lives. Another issue with underride guards is the fact that they are rarely maintained and inadequately regulated.

When you have been injured in a truck accident caused by a faulty underride guard, driver negligence, mechanical failure or any of the other many causes of truck accidents, a DeKalb County truck accident attorney will be your voice and fight to assure you get justice for your physical and emotional anguish.