Jose Castro Killed in Tractor Trailer Accident at Rockmart Landfill; Tragedy May Lead to Tighter Tractor Trailer Safety Regulations
33-year-old Jose Castro, of Douglasville, was killed in a Monday morning tractor trailer accident at the Rockmart Landfill. The tragic incident, which may escalate to a multi-million dollar claim, is expected by some to throw a needed spotlight on Georgia tractor trailer safety regulations.
According to Polk County Police, Mr. Castro was walking outside of his tractor trailer truck at the Grady Road Landfill in Rockmart when another tractor trailer pinned him between the two trucks. Mr. Castro succumbed to his fatal injuries at the scene.
Attorneys at The Murray Law Firm are investigating this tragedy and believe it could potentially impact future Georgia safety regulations. Investigators are questioning what factors, such as distraction, impairment, failed safety sensors, or mechanical malfunction, may have lead to this tragedy.
Should the driver of the other tractor trailer be found at fault in this accident, Mr. Castro's family may elect to hold the driver civilly liable for his wrongful death. Additionally, as it appears Mr. Castro was working at the time of his death, his family is almost certainly entitled to workers' compensation benefits as per Georgia Workers' Compensation Law. Further claims may also be filed with the truck manufacturers should some sort of catastrophic malfunction or lack of safety sensor have lead to this incident. Given the complexity of this case, it is crucial that Mr. Castro's family retain a law firm experienced in both workers' compensation and personal injury as soon as practicable to ensure that their best interests are protected. Though compensation is certainly not of importance to a grieving family, such a substantial claim would demand Georgia truck drivers, legislators and manufacturers reevaluate current safety regulations to prevent future tragedies, such as this from, occurring.
Unfortunately, all too often insurance companies and truck companies are more concerned with limiting their financial exposure than providing victims and their families what they rightfully deserve. Photographs and an inspection of both trucks and the scene will need to be retained immediately before any repairs can be made or evidence destroyed. The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting families of catastrophic truck accidents, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise, if needed.
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