The amount of commercial trucks on the road seems to be increasing. This is probably a good sign for the economy, as the need for the transportation of goods is growing; however, this can create additional risks for drivers. Truck accidents involving cars becoming trapped underneath tractor-trailers can be devastating for families, as the outcomes are often fatal. A family who lost their teenage daughters in a tragic accident with a semi in Georgia is asking that new safety regulations be put in place regarding the under ride protection bars on these massive trucks.
The accident occurred last year in Greene County. Details of the accident are unknown, but somehow the family’s car became trapped underneath a semi on Interstate 20. The surviving family members recently submitted a petition to update the safety standards for tractor-trailers. The current standards have not been changed in 15 years.
With the death toll rising due to these incidents, it is certainly understandable that individuals and families would like to see the safety standards changed as soon as possible. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced it will be reviewing and strengthening these standards. While this is a good step toward reducing these types of fatalities, it is unknown if or when changes will actually be made.
Fatalities that result from truck accidents can be difficult for surviving family members to overcome, both emotionally and financially. Georgia families who have lost a loved one in an accident with a semi may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim against the truck driver and/or their employer. If either is found liable for the incident, a civil court could award the victim’s family financial relief for the expenses they have incurred from the crash and any other damages deemed recoverable under state laws.
Source: wsbtv.com, "Families seek to reduce fatal tractor-trailer accidents", Jim Strickland, Aug. 4, 2014