All the eastbound traffic lanes of Interstate 75 were closed after a recent accident to allow the Georgia Department of Transportation to complete its investigation. Truck accidents such as this one place the safety of those occupying small vehicles at risk. One person was hospitalized in this crash, which occurred on the Hartley Bridge Road on a recent Friday afternoon.
Reportedly, deputies responded to the accident scene shortly after 3 p.m. after a tractor-trailer damaged the bridge. The load that the truck was hauling included a piece of equipment that was too large to navigate under the bridge safely. Without checking whether the load could pass under the bridge, the driver proceeded to pass through, smashing the equipment into the bridge and causing significant damage.
Although the trucker did not suffer any injuries, the driver of a car behind his truck was hurt by pieces falling from the damaged bridge. The 55-year-old driver of that car was transported to a hospital for treatment of the injuries she suffered when the debris struck her car. Fortunately, her injuries were not life-threatening.
Even injuries that are not life-threatening can have significant financial consequences. Along with doctors’ and hospital bills, there will likely be property damage, and lost wages can adversely affect the finances of victims of road accidents. Damage recovery might be possible through the civil justice system of Georgia, but it is a complicated field of the law. An experienced personal injury attorney can help determine the parties to include as defendants and then pursue the claim through the court system. There are usually multiple defendants in civil claims arising from truck accidents.