Dekalb County, GA- A Georgia woman was killed earlier this month when she was struck by a tractor-trailer about 15 miles outside of Atlanta.

The fatal collision occurred on October 11th at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Mableton Parkway. Investigators speculate that 57 year-old Barbara Simms was trying to turn into the Sierra Forest apartments when her small sedan was struck by a semi-truck on the driver’s side, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

Simms was pronounced dead on the scene.

The truck driver, identified as Moses Asemota, 54, of Conley, Georgia, was not injured. There are no charges pending against Asemota.

There are no more details about the accident available, so it is unclear if Simms or the truck driver were responsible for the accident. To justify a wrongful death lawsuit, Simms’ family would need the help of a truck accident attorney to determine if the truck driver or their deceased loved one was responsible for the collision.

The interstates and surface streets in Atlanta and Dekalb County are very congested with both passenger vehicles and large commercial trucks. Atlanta-area drivers are notoriously aggressive and tend to drive at a high rate of speed. Accidents involving commercial vehicles are not uncommon and large fraction of truck accidents are caused by the negligence of motorists other than the truck driver.

Truck accidents are far more deadly than passenger vehicle accidents. According to the American Truck Association, 1 percent of truck accidents result in fatalities compared to .05 percent of passenger vehicle accidents. Ninety-eight percent of the fatalities are occupants of passenger vehicles.

A number of fatal truck accidents are caused by the truck driver who engage in reckless actions such as driving while intoxicated, distracted driving, speeding or drowsy driving. When a fatal accident is the direct result of a truck driver’s carelessness then a wrongful death suit may not only be justified but may be necessary.

Accidents involving semis, tractor trailers, and other large commercial vehicles are significantly different than passenger vehicle accidents. When a victim wants to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit they will need someone with specialized knowledge that can only be provided by someone familiar with the circumstances and specifics surrounding a truck accident.

With any accidental injury or wrongful death lawsuit, evidence is a crucial tool in obtaining the settlement amount you deserve. A Dekalb truck accident attorney is capable of understanding crucial evidence such as truck logs, cell phone records, the trucking company’s safety record, a driver’s safety record and driving history in order to bolster their client’s case.

A Dekalb County truck accident attorney also has access to the medical experts, and accident reconstruction specialist along with resources that will help assure they get a generous settlement for the accident victims they represent.

It doesn’t matter if you want to settle your wrongful death or personal injury claim out of court or want a court trial, a Dekalb truck accident attorney will guide you through either process and help you make a decision that will best benefit you.