Our Atlanta trucking accident lawyers know that highways are dangerous places. I-95, a major east coast artery running from Maine to Florida, is notorious for deadly accidents. Drivers disregard speed limits and tractor trailers clog the road. The trucks often go just as fast but with even less maneuverability and breaking power as those in personal vehicles. This is a recipe for fatal accidents.
Unfortunately that is what happened earlier this week. On Tuesday morning a chain of events led to the death of a Florida woman on I-95 near Brunswick, highlighting this dangerous issue. In the early hours of the morning, Jossay Abreu, a 29 year old Delta employee, was driving to her new home in New York when her Dodge Stratus ran off the road, hit a guardrail, and bounced back into the road near Brunswick's Exit 29, according to news reports. She was travelling alone at the time.
The Georgia State Patrol investigating the incident did not know what caused this original accident. But the real tragedy struck when Ms. Abreu called 911 to report her accident, standing beside her car which had no lights working at the time. A northbound 2000 International Eagle tractor trailer hit her while she was on the phone with a Glynn County dispatcher giving details of the incident and telling them the car did not have lights. The investigating officer, Steve Drury, told reporters that the dispatcher heard Ms. Abreu say, "Oh my god" and then heard the tractor trailer hit the young woman. She died on the way to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. The driver of the tractor trailer was identified as Carlos Borges Sores, a 48 year old from Miami. Officer Drury said he has not been charged with anything at this point.
Regardless of criminal charges, our Atlanta truck accident lawyers know that drivers on the road owe each other a duty of care. Drivers of tractor trailers must be especially vigilant due to the dangerous power of their vehicles. There are valid questions in this instance as to why Mr. Borges Sores did not see the inoperable car in front of him--even at night he should have had fairly powerful headlights. Perhaps he was simply going too fast to stop in time, as is so often the case. Perhaps he was too fatigued from driving through the night as the accident happened around 3am (see our post on tractor trailer driver fatigue here). These are valid questions, not only to get answers in the tragic death of Ms. Abreu, but to prevent more needless deaths from road accidents in the future.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car or tractor trailer accident, the Atlanta tractor trailer accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter can help. With property losses, injuries, or even death resulting from these road accidents, our attorneys can determine whether you have a valid case and, if so, how to go forward. To get in touch with an experienced attorney, call at 404-814-8949 or fill out our confidential case evaluation form online to schedule a free consultation.
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