Can an Insurance Company Be Liable for Negligence under the Good Samaritan Doctrine in a Truck Accident?
In October 2008, James Maier was driving north on I-95 near Savannah when car problems forced him to pull off to the side of the road. He was standing in the emergency lane next to his car when a semi hit and killed him. The truck was driven by Faustino Jimenez, an employee of a… read moreRead More
Can a Semi Driver Be on the Road If They Have COVID?
The short answer? No, the driver shouldn’t. That’s because truck drivers must be physically and mentally fit to drive a big rig on Georgia roads. If they’re sick with the coronavirus, they’re in no condition to be driving an 18-wheeler with a loaded trailer that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Like any other illness,… read moreRead More
Country Singer Miranda Lambert Unhurt in Hit-and-Run Accident in Georgia Involving Truck
Country star Miranda Lambert and her husband, Brendan McLoughlin, were involved in a hit-and-run accident in Atlanta on February 6th as they headed back to Nashville. The 37-year-old country star explained that the couple was on I-20 W when a small sedan driving erratically tried to squeeze between her car and a tractor-trailer. Lambert said… read moreRead More
Georgia Wrongful Death Case Dismissed Against Truck Company Because Deadline Expired
What follows in this article demonstrates why having a knowledgeable Atlanta truck accident lawyer on your side can really make the difference between winning and losing. Debra Baldwin appealed the dismissal of her renewal action against a truck driver and his employer, a freight shipping and trucking company running freight hauling business from Georgia (“the… read moreRead More
Georgia Traffic Fatalities Increased in 2020
Despite the pandemic, school closures, and more people working from home, traffic fatalities increased in 2020 compared to 2019. At the height of pandemic closures, traffic on Georgia roadways decreased by approximately 40-50%. The problem is nationwide as all fifty states and the District of Columbia saw traffic-related deaths increase in 2020. For the past… read moreRead More
Estate of Accident Victim Settles for $1.9m When Semi Blocked Traffic to Back Up
A truck driver attempted to back his semi into a driveway at one night about 9PM in Newnan, Georgia. He blocked three lanes of the road, and his big rig was struck by an elderly driver who couldn’t stop in time. The victim died several months later from his injuries. His estate subsequently received a… read moreRead More
Marietta Teacher Killed in Truck-Motorcycle Collision
The school and community surrounding Marietta in Cobb County are mourning the loss of a beloved teacher and football coach at Osborne High. The Georgia State Patrol says that 29-year-old Teco Browning was riding his motorcycle on Georgia Highway 92 in Douglasville on January 20th when a work truck turned left into his path causing… read moreRead More
Where are a Semi-Truck’s Blind Spots and Why Should I Avoid Them?
“If You Can Read This, I Can’t See You.” You may have seen this on the back of a semi-tractor-trailer. Semi trucks in the U.S. are an average of 72 feet long, 8½ feet wide, and 13½ feet tall. A big rig can have a gross weight of up to 80,000 pounds. That’s indeed a… read moreRead More
Can You Get Punitive Damages in a Tractor-Trailer Accident?
A federal district court in Georgia recently ruled that an accident victim’s claim for punitive damages under state law could proceed. The lawsuit stemmed from an accident in which a tractor-trailer rear-ended Plaintiffs Willie Moore and Martha Moore’s vehicle on Interstate 20 in McDuffie County, resulting in a violent collision. The Victim’s Allegations The Moore’s… read moreRead More
How Insurance Policies May Be Interpreted in Trucking Accident Cases
A recent lawsuit in Georgia federal district court examined a commercial automobile insurance policy issued by Progressive to one of the defendants in a wrongful death case. Exactly who and what vehicle was covered under the policy was the question presented to the court. In December 2016, a Mack truck (the “Tractor”) collided with another… read moreRead More