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Concerning truck accidents on Georgia roads

Even Atlanta's most careful drivers cannot predict every dangerous situation. Truck accidents are an unfortunate reality that will always exist. No one can prevent other drivers from texting and driving, listening to music too loud, or putting on makeup behind the wheel. The best we can do is drive as defensively as possible and know the best course of action if an accident occurs.

About a month ago, an accident occurred in Senoia. A woman was changing lanes when a tractor-trailer truck slammed into her Chevy Cobalt. The woman was trapped in her vehicle for fifteen minutes before she was rescued and then airlifted to the nearest hospital, where she was placed in an induced coma. The woman was recently taken off of life support and passed away.

Truck accidents can occur for many reasons. The driver may have been negligent in driving the vehicle, the trucking company may have been negligent in keeping the vehicle up to code, or the company that created parts of the vehicle may have been negligent, resulting in a faulty product such as bad brakes or tires prone to blow out.

Tragic accidents are always difficult for victims, families and friends. It is important to keep in mind, however, that the legal system allows victims to seek compensation for the loss that they have incurred when another party is found negligent. To receive compensation from a negligent party, the injured party must show that there was a duty, that duty was violated and the injury was the result of that violation.

Injured parties, or families are able to receive compensation for missed time at work, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Wrongful death suits are an option for families that unfortunately lose a loved one. It is extremely useful for Georgia residents to gain the assistance of experienced legal professionals when establishing negligence and uncovering evidence in cases like these.

Source: The Newnan Times-Herald, "Woman injured in April wreck dies," John A. Winters, May 22, 2013

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