The driver of a tractor trailer truck, carrying a shipment of canned yams, was reportedly injured after his vehicle overturned along I-85 Tuesday morning, September 16, 2014.
The Newnan Times-Herald reports, emergency crews were called to the scene of an overturned tractor trailer accident on I-85 near Newnan, two miles south of exit 47.
The driver was apparently found trapped inside the smoldering vehicle, suffering lacerations to his head. He was transported by ambulance to Grady Memorial hospital in Atlanta, where he is reportedly in stable condition.
Our Legal Take
The Murray Law Firm is following the crash closely and questioning whether another driver or mechanical malfunction may have forced the vehicle off the roadway.
If the driver was working at the time of the crash he is almost certainly entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits per Georgia law. Additional claims may also be filed with any other drivers involved, as well as the vehicle and equipment manufacturers, should their negligence or a malfunction have contributed to the accident. Total claims may be substantial and would send a grave message to drivers on the need to share roads with tractor trailers, allowing proper space when passing and changing lanes.
As employers and insurance companies are often more concerned with their financial exposure and returning employees to work quickly, rather than the long-term medical care of their employees, the driver should retain an experienced workers’ compensation firm without delay to ensure their best interests are protected.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of catastrophic trucking accidents and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.