GILMER COUNTY, GEORGIA (October 26, 2023) – A man identified as Robert Green was injured in a Gilmer County dump truck accident on Highway 515 by Whitepath Springs Road.
The Times Courier is reporting that the accident took place around 2:49 p.m. on October 12. A 2013 Kenworth truck was traveling west on Whitepath Springs Road.
The driver made a left turn directly into the path of a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Robert Green before both vehicles collided. Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.
A medical helicopter took Robert Green to Kennestone Hospital so that he could receive treatment for major injuries. An investigation into the Gilmer County collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Gilmer County Dump Truck Accidents
Dump trucks weigh substantially more than passenger vehicles and can be more dangerous even at reduced speeds. According to the Engineering News Record, “Dump truck accidents severe enough that the vehicle had to be towed away rose 9%, hitting 8,206 in 2016, the latest year statistics are available. The number of dump truck accidents (which includes many non-construction-related uses) involving injuries rose 2.7%, to 5,483.” There are many steps that dump truck drivers should take in order to prevent collisions.
- Dump truck drivers should check their blind spots before making turns.
- Dump truck drivers should be well rested before heading out onto the road.
- Dump truck drivers should slow down at intersections.
Dump truck drivers will need to get a commercial license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. They must exercise due care in order to avoid collisions. Pursuant to Georgia Vehicle Code § 40-6-71, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right of way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.” If a driver makes an abrupt left turn and hits another vehicle, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.
Depending on the facts of any case, liability for a dump truck accident could extend beyond any driver. The company that a dump truck driver was working for could be held at fault for a collision. Generally speaking, companies are vicariously liable for the wrongful actions of their employees. However, the employees must have been working within the course and scope of their job duties. Victims of dump truck accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries.
- Victims of car accidents can suffer soft tissue damage.
- Victims of car accidents might sustain spinal cord injuries.
- Victims of car accidents could have traumatic brain injuries.
- Victims of car accidents often suffer broken bones.
Even if a person is able to heal physically after a dump truck collision, they often suffer long-term psychological injuries. Many accident victims might not realize the full extent of their injuries for several weeks. Any person that is injured in a dump truck collision may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that often come with a serious accident. A Georgia personal injury attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Legal Help After Gilmer County Dump Truck Accidents
We at The Butler Kahn Law Firm extend our best wishes to Robert Green and his family as he continues to recover. This was a preventable collision that should not have taken place. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to the police.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Gilmer County truck accident? You may have legal recourse. Our team of truck accident attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of assistance we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 678-940-1444.