John Jones Killed In Port Wentworth Semi-Truck Accident At Georgia Welcome Center

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Georgia State Patrol (GSP) Blames Speeding 18-Wheeler For Deadly Port Wentworth Tractor Trailer Truck Accident That Killed John Jones, 62, At The Georgia Welcome Center off Interstate 95

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PORT WENTWORTH, GEORGIA (February 23, 2024)John Jones was identified as one of two people who died in a six-vehicle collision involving multiple semi-trucks at the Georgia Welcome Center in Port Wentworth.

Chatham County officials said that the collision took place on Wednesday night. A semi-truck was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed in a parking lot when it caused a chain reaction crash with multiple other trucks.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the crash at the Georgia Welcome Center. Multiple trucks caught fire, which made the crash site even more chaotic than it already was.

John Jones, 62, of Savannah, was identified as one of the people in one of the vehicles rear-ended by the speeding truck. Despite life-saving measures, he was pronounced dead due to the extent of his injuries.

Investigators believe that John Jones was asleep in his parked truck prior to the violent collision. Investigators are unsure what may have contributed to the crash.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Port Wentworth Semi-Truck Accidents

Driving a commercial truck is one of the most demanding and dangerous jobs out there. According to the IIHS, “A total of 4,714 people died in large truck crashes in 2021, a 17% increase compared with 2020. Sixteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 68% were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 15% were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.” There are many different reasons why commercial trucks can be particularly dangerous.

  • A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs, thereby making even a low-impact collision potentially catastrophic.
  • A semi-truck traveling at 65 mph can take the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop.
  • Semi-trucks have large blind spots that can easily obscure the presence of smaller vehicles.

Truck drivers are required to get a commercial license. They must be intimately familiar with how their particular rig operates and exercise the care of a very cautious driver in order to avoid collisions. Many collisions are due to speeding. Pursuant to Georgia Vehicle Code 40-6-180, no person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed greater than what would be reasonable given the prevailing conditions and hazards on the roadway. There is a rebuttable presumption of negligence on the part of any driver who fails to slow down to avoid a collision with a vehicle in their own lane. 

There could potentially be numerous liable parties after any semi-truck accident. If a truck driver was at fault for a collision, their employer could potentially be responsible. Generally speaking, employers can be held liable for the wrongful acts of their employees. The company that manufactured a truck or its component parts could also be liable for a collision. Many truck accidents are due in part to vehicle system failures. It is important that certain steps are taken after any semi-truck accident.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken. A photo can help reveal the presence of skid marks on the roadway.
  • The event data recorder (EDR) of the truck that caused a collision should be reviewed. A truck’s EDR shows crucial details about how the truck was being operated prior to any collision.
  • Surveillance footage of the crash should be sought. Most large businesses have security cameras. These cameras may have captured any accident in a parking lot.

Truck accidents are often very preventable. The factors that may have contributed to any semi-truck collision may have taken place hours, days, or weeks beforehand. This is why it is so important that a thorough investigation be conducted. Any investigation can help reveal all potentially liable parties. It is important that accident victims and their families understand that they do have rights.

Investigating Port Wentworth Semi-Truck Accidents

We at Butler Kahn extend our deepest condolences to the family of John Jones. Any person who may have more information about what took place should reach out to the Georgia State Patrol. Truck drivers are the backbone of our economy and must be protected, particularly in their places of rest. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.

Do you need more information about a Port Wentworth semi-truck accident? Our team of roadway safety advocates is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any crash, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 678-940-1444.

Our firm recently settled a truck accident case for $2 million, the full insurance limits.

Jeb Butler
Jeb Butler’s career as a Georgia trial lawyer has led to a $150 million verdict in a product liability case against Chrysler for a dangerous vehicle design that caused the death of a child, a $45 million settlement for a young man who permanently lost the ability to walk and talk, and numerous other verdicts and settlements, many of which are confidential at the defendant’s insistence. Jeb has worked on several cases that led to systemic changes and improvements in public safety. He has been repeatedly recognized as a Georgia SuperLawyer and ranks among Georgia’s legal elite. Jeb graduated in the top 10% of his class at UGA Law, argued on the National Moot Court team, and published in the Law Review. He is the founding partner of Butler Kahn law firm. Connect with me on LinkedIn

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