• June 27, 2022

Jakob Evans Injured in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Burke County, GA

Burke County, GA -- June 23, 2022, Jakob Evans was injured after an accident where a tractor-trailer crashed into Evans's vehicle.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 2:00 p.m. along River Road outside Waynesboro. According to officials, Jakob Evans was in a Volkswagen Jetta traveling westbound on River Road. An oncoming tractor-trailer reportedly swerved to avoid stopped traffic, crashing into Evans's Jetta.

Due to the collision, Evans sustained injuries said to be serious. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Jakob Evans Tractor-Trailer Accident in Burke County

With crashes like this, the facts no doubt sound pretty straight-forward. They very well may be--there certainly aren't many reasons someone swerves into oncoming traffic without doing something wrong. But things aren't always so simple, and it's important victims and families have the tools to ensure they're getting the full story.

Jakob Evans Injured in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Burke County, GA

I'll give you an example from a while back that shows why this can be so important. I had a crash in which a truck driver was texting and driving when he caused a wreck. Pretty open-and-shut, right? Well, further investigations revealed the driver had been texting his supervisor. So why did this change things?

Put simply, there's a big difference between a driver doing something wrong on their own and doing something wrong to an environment of negligent behavior. This particular unreasonable supervisor essentially threatened drivers with their jobs if they didn't immediately respond to the endless texts and calls he made throughout the day. It was inevitable that someone was going to get hurt due to this behavior. Did it excuse the truck driver's actions? Not at all, but it showed that the consequences needed to be significant enough to properly address the problems leading up to the crash that would likely continue putting lives at risk if left unchallenged.

I can't say if anything like that happened here, and I certainly can't say who or what caused the crash without more thorough investigations. But I too often see folks jump to conclusions just because the facts seem clear only for them to find they don't have the right evidence or tools to get the resolution they deserve. Even less experienced attorneys are susceptible to these mistakes, which is why folks should take the necessary steps to ensure a crash this serious is in the hands of experienced professionals.

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