The Georgia State Patrol reported an incident that sent two big-rig operators to hospitals. As with many truck accidents, cargo loads were spilled, blocking all the traffic lanes of Interstate 20. GSP says the crash, which was initially believed to have resulted in a fatality, occurred on a recent Friday.
According to a preliminary accident report, one truck was parked in the striped area between the travel lanes and the exit lane. When a second tractor-trailer attempted to enter the exit lane, his vehicle struck the stationary truck’s rear end. The impact was enormous, causing the chassis and body of the truck that was hit to separate.
Authorities say the driver of the truck that was illegally parked in the gore was asleep in the truck, and he became trapped when his vehicle broke apart. He was extricated and airlifted to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The other driver was also transported to a hospital, but his injuries were less severe.
Truck accidents often cause severe, and even fatal injuries. Truckers can typically recover some expenses through their employers’ workers’ compensation insurance coverage, but when a third party’s negligence is to blame, there might also be grounds for a civil lawsuit. With the support and guidance of an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney, both workers’ comp benefits and third party claims for monetary damages may be achieved. A third party claim could include restitution for pain and suffering, loss of life enjoyment and other emotional losses. Such a lawsuit can be filed in addition to a workers’ compensation benefits claim.