• July 01, 2022

Two Killed in Multi Truck Accident on I-75 in Bartow County, GA

Bartow County, GA -- June 30, 2022, two people were killed due to an accident in which multiple trucks collided on I-75.

Investigators responded to the area of mile marker 293 along southbound I-75. It appears that traffic was moving along I-75 when a tractor-trailer rear-ended another 18-wheeler. This sent that 18-wheeler crashing into another semi, then causing a chain reaction involving a box truck and a car.

Due to the crash, reports say two of the tractor-trailer drivers sustained fatal injuries. It appears one other trucker was hospitalized, and others involved had reportedly minor injuries. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Commentary on Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accident on I-75 in Bartow County

When an 18-wheeler hits the back of traffic, it may be easy to jump to conclusions. Undoubtedly, the most likely explanations in these situations is the driver was looking at their phone, speeding, following too closely, or fatigued. Those obviously warrant investigations. But things aren't always so simple, and victims and families deserve to know they're at least getting the full story. That often requires more thorough investigations than authorities alone typically handle.

Bartow County, GA Multi Truck Accident Injures 2 on I-75

For example, I handled a situation a while back in which a commercial truck driver caused a serious crash. Initial reports showed the driver had a medical emergency, so the whole thing seemed like just an unavoidable accident. However, I learned throughout my career to ensure the evidence can speak for itself, and that evidence showed the accident was more avoidable than initial reports suggested.

The driver's medical records in that particular case showed a long history of serious red flags. They were such that a reasonably prudent company, knowing their drivers need to be able to safely do their job, wouldn't have allowed that man behind the wheel of a multi-ton truck. Not only would it be a danger to the public, it would be a danger to the driver himself. Instead, this company either ignored what they saw or simply never bothered to check--it's hard to say which would be worse. As a result, the man inevitably suffered a medical event, resulting in a serious crash.

In a situation like that, a proper independent investigation can be the difference between victims and families getting the help they deserve and a negligent company avoiding consequences for their actions. While it's possible this situation isn't as complicated as the above example, the only way to ensure folks are getting the answers they deserve is to ensure all possible factors get attention from professionals. Are those steps being taken?

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