A pedestrian died in Hall County, Georgia on Dec. 5 when a tractor trailer separated and the trailer flipped over onto him.
The pedestrian died at a local hospital, after the detached trailer overturned onto him on Browns Bridge Road near Gainesville, Georgia. The pedestrian was walking on the shoulder and was not on the road.
A witness reported that the cab continued to travel across the road into a parking lot, where it hit two cars that were not occupied.
The Georgia State Police are continuing to investigate.
Our Virginia and North Carolina personal injury attorneys have seen many types of accidents over the years, but this is a particularly tragic truck crash. One of the most important things that all commercial drivers must do before they start driving for the day is to ensure the safety of their truck and trailer.
Each truck driver should perform a thorough safety inspection before that day’s trip begins. This safety inspection should include checking to ensure that the trailer is safely linked to the tractor.
This is a terrible accident, and we are saddened that a family has lost a loved one in a preventable truck accident. When a pedestrian is killed by a tractor trailer and was on the shoulder of the road, the trucking company and trucker could be found negligent in a civil lawsuit. Our Virginia personal injury attorneys have represented clients in the past who won a $1.25 million wrongful death settlement in a case where a passing truck hit and killed the family’s loved one.