Fulton County, GA- Truck accidents can be hazardous no matter what type of vehicle a person is driving, but two recent accidents show just how deadly a collision between and large commercial truck and motorcycle or moped can be.
Earlier this month on September, 2nd a motorcyclist was killed in Fulton County on Lenox Road when a truck driver made an illegal U-turn.
According to WGCL-TV Atlanta, a motorcyclist was traveling in the southbound lanes of Lenox Road near Ferncliff Drive around 9 a.m. when he slammed into the rear of a tractor-trailer truck.
Police said that a truck driver, later identified as Eugene Holmes, was making an illegal U-turn in the intersection as the motorcycle, driven by 46 year-old Derek Davis. According to WGCL-TV, Davis struck the large truck just behind the cab.
Davis survived the initial impact and was taken to Grady Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a few hours later.
Police have charged Holmes with second-degree homicide by vehicle and making an improper U-turn.
More recently, on September 9th, police cited another truck driver for striking a moped, leaving one woman dead. WMAZ News 13 reported that 53 year-old Gary Willis was charged with running a red a stop sign in Bibb County.
Latrailia Faye Johnson, 46, was killed instantly after he moped became trapped underneath the big rig.
Davis told police he stopped at the intersection and proceeded through it when he didn’t see any other vehicles. After striking Johnson, WMAZ reported that Willis saw yellow debris in the road, but thought he ran over a construction barrel. It wasn’t until he saw Johnson’s body in the road that he realized he struck a person.
Police charged Willis with failure to obey a traffic sign or signal.
Both of these accidents show how a simple and seemingly harmless traffic violation can cut short a person’s life. It is at all uncommon for all motorists, whether they are in command of a large truck, a passenger vehicle or motorcycle, to disobey traffic laws. When this disregard or inattention causes harm or death, the at-fault driver can, and should be held accountable for their negligent behavior. Our Fulton County truck accident attorneys will use their broad knowledge of Georgia personal injury laws to build a persuasive and successful injury claim on behalf of every client they represent.
Each year in Georgia, there are an estimated 200 fatal truck accidents, and an additional 5,000 truck accidents, many of which involve injuries. When a deadly or injurious accident can be directly attributed to a truck driver or trucking company, a Georgia truck accident attorney can ensure they take financial responsibility for the harm resulting from their carelessness or disregard for the safety of other motorists. If you or a loved one has been in a truck accident call one of our truck accident attorneys immediately and set up a consultation to discuss your accident.