Georgia Highway Patrol Investigating Troup County Log Truck Accident Involving School Bus
Troup County officials are saying that the incident took place on Thursday afternoon. A school bus and a semi-truck carrying logs collided at the intersection under uncertain conditions.
The force of the impact caused logs to spill all over the roadway. A photo of the school bus showed major damage on its passenger side.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Troup County Semi-Truck Accidents
Semi-trucks account for a relatively small number of the total vehicles on the roadway. But they are involved in a disproportionate number of fatal collisions. According to the IIHS, “Most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. The main problem is the vulnerability of people traveling in smaller vehicles. Trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and are taller with greater ground clearance, which can result in smaller vehicles underriding trucks in crashes.” There are a number of steps that truck drivers should take in order to avoid collisions.
- Truck drivers should be well rested before heading out onto the road.
- Truck drivers should check their blind spots before making turns.
- Truck drivers should slow down during periods of inclement weather and reduced visibility.
Truck drivers and bus drivers must get a commercial license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Many collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. 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.” There are a number of steps that should be taken after any car accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- The police report for the collision should be reviewed.
- An experienced Georgia personal injury attorney should be consulted.
Depending on the facts of any case, there could be numerous liable parties for any collision. The factors that could contribute to a crash may take place seconds, hours, days or even months prior to a collision. Any person that is injured in a bus accident may have legal recourse through a civil claim. An Atlanta truck accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know if you have a claim that can be pursued.
Investigating Troup County School Bus Accidents
We at The Butler Kahn Law Firm extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a school bus accident? You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or are thinking about hiring an attorney we are here for you. You can reach out to us at 678-940-1444.