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A friend's sadness illustrates the tragedy of truck accidents

A tragic accident on recent Wednesday in early March in Georgia has led to the death of one person. According to the deceased victim's best friend, the accident happened at about 11:30 p.m. The fondness with which the victim is remembered by his best friend is heartwarming. The devastation felt by both the family and friends of the victim clearly illustrates the tragedy of truck accidents.

It is reported that a semi-truck in the emergency lane was trying to merge onto the highway. Another vehicle cut into its path. This caused the truck to brake, resulting in it being rear-ended by a second semi-truck driven by the deceased. The impact caused the first truck to jackknife, while the second semi's cab caught fire. The deceased does not carry any blame for the accident.

The accident is under investigation. Should the outcome of the investigation indicate that either the driver of the car or the semi-truck acted negligently, one or both of the drivers may have to face a wrongful death claim filed by the wife of the deceased. Criminal charges may also follow depending on what the investigators find. .

The legal estate of deceased victims of truck accidents has the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in Georgia. Claims for financial losses, such as funeral and burial costs, against the party whose negligent actions is deemed to have caused or contributed to the fatal accident may be made.  An award of damages cannot change what happened, but it may assist the family in meeting the financial burdens that typically accompany tragedies of this nature.

Source: times-herald.com, "Former Newnan resident killed in truck accident", W. Winston Skinner, March 7, 2015

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