James Wright Killed, Several Injured in Semi-Truck Accident in Forsyth County, GA
Forsyth County, GA -- September 16, 2022, James Wright was killed and others were injured after an accident involving a semi-truck.
Preliminary reports indicated that the crash took place at around 8:30 p.m. in the Cumming area near Highway 400 and Browns Bridge Road.
It appears that 65-year-old James Wright was in a Kia traveling southbound on the highway. From oncoming lanes, it appears a semi-truck "failed to stop" and hit a Nissan in northbound lanes. This sent the vehicles across the center line where they hit the Kia.
Due to the collision, Wright sustained fatal injuries. Others involved were said to have non-life-threatening injuries. At this time, officials say that the semi-truck driver faces charges for vehicular homicide, reckless driving, going too fast for conditions, and following too closely. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on James Wright Semi-Truck Accident in Forsyth County
If the allegations here are true, then what exactly is going to happen next? Folks may be quick to assume this is all open-and-shut. These charges must mean the driver will be held accountable and their company will have no choice but to take responsibility for the harm caused by the crash, right? In reality, things are never really that simple.
Even with criminal charges, trucking companies and insurance companies are under no obligation to take responsibility unless a court orders them to. That's why the burden ultimately falls to the victims and families to gather evidence, prepare legal strategies, and ultimately convince a jury or the company itself to make things right. When folks just rely on the authorities for everything, the can quickly find themselves out in the wind without the tools needed to accomplish this.
I'll give an example. A while back, I handled a situation involving a semi-truck driver who was high on drugs and caused a serious crash. Despite the driver being charged, though, the driver's employer denied responsibility. They simply tried to blame a nearby ambulance for "blinding" their driver. It was clearly ridiculous, but it was our burden to set the facts straight. We were able to do so by tracking down the ambulance company that had been in the area, and their records proved the ambulance was almost half a mile down the road from the crash. It was only after showing a judge how ludicrous the defense was that they threw it out, and the company finally started cooperating.
I can't say right now what all did or didn't happen here. I can't even say who or what is ultimately responsible for all of this. But I see a lot of pitfalls that folks tend to fall into when they don't have someone guiding them who is experienced enough to avoid those traps. Instead, they can work toward building the case and ensuring there is no question who is responsible for their hardships. The sooner those steps are taken, the better.