• May 26, 2017

Darren Dwayne Rozier Killed in Truck Accident near Alma, GA

Alma, GA -- May 24, 2017, Darren Dwayne Rozier was killed as the result of an accident where his vehicle was hit by an 18-wheeler.

The Georgia State Highway Patrol say they received the emergency call in the morning hours of Wednesday. The incident took place north of Alma along US Highway 1.

Preliminary police reports indicate that 41-year-old Rozier was driving a GMC pickup along the southbound lanes of US 1. In the left traffic lane was an 18-wheeler driven by 44-year-old Cory Hill. The truck driver reportedly attempted to shift into the right lanes, colliding with Rozier's pickup. Both vehicles lost control as a result.

The vehicles went off the left side of the road and crashed, ejecting Rozier from the vehicle in the process. He sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. It's unclear if any other injuries occurred.

Police say the accident remains under investigation.

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Commentary

Considering investigators say the truck driver hit the rear of Mr. Rozier's vehicle while changing lanes, the likely explanation is that the truck driver either wasn't paying attention to the road or just didn't bother to look before changing lanes. Whatever the case may be, things certainly appear to put the 18-wheeler at fault here. There needs to be a very thorough investigation to determine exactly how this accident came about and what could have been done to avoid it.

Our firm has litigated hundreds of truck accidents over the years, and you wouldn't believe some of the things we've seen when it comes to inattentive driving. Sometimes it's something simple like the driver texting or eating while they're driving, but we've even had cases where drivers were watching full-on feature length movies and YouTube videos on their tablets or phones. Other times the inattention is less from a direct distraction and more the factors surrounding the incident, such as intoxicated/impaired driving or exhausted drivers who are too tired to properly pay attention to their surroundings. And, ultimately, sometimes it's just an isolated lapse in judgement that leads to these kinds of accidents.

Now I don't want any of this to sound like I'm condemning all truck drivers here. Most truck drivers are responsible and drive safely. The problem is that a dangerous driver behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler has roughly 40 tons of extra weight to do damage with versus a typical passenger vehicle. As such, those who can't operate such a complex and dangerous piece of machinery properly need to be held accountable for their actions and taken off the road.

Like I said, this accident needs to be investigated by an experienced professional independent of police--someone who knows all of the possible factors that can lead to these kinds of accidents. It could be an isolated incident, but it could also be indicative of a pattern of reckless behavior or the result of poor business practices on the trucking company's part. A thorough investigation will help those affected get to the heart of the matter and figure out exactly what can be done to get justice for their loss.

--Grossman Law Offices

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