On December 23, 2015, a multi-vehicle crash on I-75 near Perry, Georgia took the life of a tractor-trailer driver. The accident happened before 6 a.m. and started when one pickup truck rear-ended another. Two tractor-trailers stopped, one on the east shoulder and one on the west shoulder. A Fed Ex truck traveling on I-75 came upon the accident scene and struck the tractor-trailer that was stopped in the east shoulder. The driver of that tractor-trailer was outside of his truck at the time and was killed as a result of the impact. The Fed Ex driver was injured and taken to the hospital. Because of the chain reaction nature of this multi-vehicle collision, police will have to sort through a lot of details to determine who was at fault. The police investigation will likely involve interviewing witnesses, taking measurements of the accident scene, inspecting the vehicles involved in the crash, and perhaps doing an accident reconstruction. The insurance companies that insured the drivers involved, as well as the trucking companies–especially Fed Ex, will likely devote significant resources to determining liability in an attempt to limit their financial exposure in any subsequent legal action.
In accidents like this, it is very important to seek the advice of an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. The trucking companies and their insurers are working hard to limit their liability. A Georgia personal injury attorney can start investigating the claim immediately and gathering evidence, making sure evidence is preserved, and hiring experts.