Our Atlanta tractor trailer accident attorneys have stressed in this blog time and again how much more dangerous tractor trailers are on the road and how much more careful tractor trailer drivers must be because of their vehicles’ destructive power. Accidents keep happening, though, and Georgians keep getting hurt or killed by these large and powerful trucks.
On November 16, Peter Trione was driving his 2007 black Ford F150 truck eastbound on Highway 369 near Hubert Martin Road. He left the road for reasons unknown, and then when he returned to the highway he turned into the westbound lane, where he was struck on the passenger side of his truck according to news reports.His pickup was pushed into the driveway of a home on the 4400 block of Matt Highway. Mr. Trione was 43-years-old and from Cumming, Georgia. The accident occurred around 7:30am, and Mr. Trione was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Forsyth County Sherriff’s Office. The driver of the tractor trailer, 52-year-old Troy Lee Emanuel of Dahlonega, was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth with minor injuries. The semi he was driving, which ended up in a pasture due to the accident, is owned by Mountain Milk of Gainesville, which normally transports chickens. On the day of the accident, however, the trailer was filled with only the empty chicken cages. The trailer did not overturn in the crash. The accident is still under investigation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), part of the Department of Transportation, has a report on accidents involving large trucks. Their statistics show that one out of every nine road fatalities in the United States in 2008 involved a tractor trailer. Of those fatalities, 74 percent were occupants of the other vehicle and ten percent were non-occupants (like the bicyclist discussed in a previous blog post here. Only 16 percent of the fatalities were the drivers of the large trucks.
Another problem with tractor trailers that may worsen in the future is the ongoing shortage of tractor trailer drivers. Even in a weak economy, many view being a trucker as a difficult and undesirable job- long trips on the road away from family and friends. Experts estimate that there will be a shortage of about 330,000 truckers by the end of the decade. The shortage of trained, qualified drivers, as well as the high job turnover rate for truckers, means that there are fewer drivers trying to cover more miles, leading to fatigue and stress, both of which can lead to road accidents.
Atlanta Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a tractor trailer, contact the personal injury lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter. Our firm has experience dealing with all types of vehicle accidents in Georgia and we work hard to achieve the best outcome for each of our clients. Give us a call at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation.
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