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Semi driver failed to stop after causing fatal crash

Atlanta drivers are likely familiar with the experience of sharing the road with semi trucks. They also probably realize if they were to be involved in a semi truck accident, they could be seriously injured or even killed due to the sheer size and momentum of an 18-wheeler.

In a recent crash reported by authorities on Interstate 75 northwest of Atlanta, a car was suddenly pushed from its lane by a semi truck. The car collided with a guardrail and a pillar and then caught fire. Two people were killed. The semi failed to stop at the scene of the accident, and at the time of this posting, law enforcement officers were reportedly still searching for the truck and its driver.

In cases like this, once the at-fault party is identified, the relatives of any victim killed could be able to file a lawsuit for wrongful death. Wrongful death claims are civil suits based on negligence law. When truck drivers fail to exercise reasonable care when operating their vehicles and then fail to stop and render aid after striking a car, they can be held liable for any resulting damage.

Additionally, if they are owned or leased to a hauling company, that company could be held liable as well. Shippers who were paying for the truck's services might also come under scrutiny.

An attorney experienced in personal injury cases can help assess the potential claims in such instances. In a wrongful death suit, a court can order a negligent truck driver or their employer to compensate a victim's relatives for that person's medical expenses, funeral expenses and pain and suffering.

While no amount of money can turn back time and prevent a truck driver from behaving negligently, a monetary award may help a victim's loved ones deal with the heavy, unexpected financial burden that resulted and perhaps provide an additional sense of justice being served.

Source: WGCL-TV, "Officers searching for tractor-trailer driver in fatal I-75 crash," Jennifer Banks, Dec. 21, 2012

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