Valdosta, GA

The city of Valdosta is located in south Georgia and is the county seat of Lowndes County. Valdosta has a population of approximately 45,500 making it the eleventh largest city in Georgia. Valdosta is home to Valdosta State University and Winegrass Georgia Technical College. US 84 and Interstate 75 (I-75) are the main trucking routes that run through Valdosta. US 84 runs west to east from Colorado to Georgia. In Georgia, US 84 runs through Bainbridge, Thomasville and Valdosta and heads north towards Savannah. I-75 is a major north-south interstate highway that travels from Michigan to Florida. I-75 enters Georgia from Tennessee in the northwestern corner and continues south through Dalton, Atlanta, Macon and Valdosta and then into Florida. Valdosta Regional Airport provides air service to Valdosta.

Recent Truck Accidents in the Area

June 2, 2011 – U.S. 1 south

Truck driver Richard Lain, 52, of Jacksonville, Florida was severely burned as a result of a collision between his tractor-trailer and a tractor-trailer driven by George Hardy in Waycross, Georgia. Smoke from a nearby forest fire may have contributed to limited vision in the area. The  cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

Truck-on-Truck Accidents: Truck-on-truck accidents are common. On any major trucking route, there are numerous tractor-trailers within a close proximity of each other. If a truck driver makes an error in judgment and loses control of his tractor-trailer, it is difficult for other tractor-trailers to move quickly to avoid the runaway vehicle. It is imperative that truck drivers keep a diligent lookout for stopped traffic ahead of them and manage space around them to keep their vehicle under control, especially in areas of high truck traffic. Unfortunately, truck-on-truck accidents often result in fatalities or catastrophic injuries because of the size and velocity of these vehicles.

Limited Visability: Truck drivers are required by federal regulations to use extreme care when visibility is limited by fog or smoke. If visibility is so restricted by adverse weather conditions that the truck cannot be driven safely, the truck driver is required to pull over and stop his vehicle until the conditions have cleared. Bad weather and poor visibility collisions are easily preventable if the truck driver follows these basic rules and adjusts his speed to the conditions. However, truck drivers all too often fail to recognize the problem until it is too late. We have handled a number of truck on truck accidents and several bad weather collisions. You can view our case results by clicking here.

May 24, 2011 – Highway 121

Charlton County Sheriff’s Sergeant Joey Chancey was attempting to pass a 1998 Mack truck owned by R & N Sitework in an area where passing is permitted in Folkston, Georgia when Roy Crews, the driver of the truck, attempted to turn left and collided with Chancey’s vehicle.  Both vehicles left the roadway and went onto the west shoulder of the road. Crews was cited for driving with a suspended license.

Unlicensed Drivers: Truck drivers have a duty to look in their mirrors for traffic around them before making any maneuver to leave their lane of travel. While tractor-trailers have blind spots, truck drivers are trained on how to use their mirrors to make sure that the area around them is free of vehicles before making a turning maneuver. Trucking companies are also required to monitor the competency of each truck driver, including making sure that a driver is both properly licensed and properly qualified to drive his vehicle. Trucking companies are subject to claims of negligent hiring, retention or supervision if they fail to properly monitor their drivers. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations prescribe the types of background checks and annual reviews of truck drivers that must be performed by the trucking companies. We have handled a number of cases involving negligent trucking companies who failed to perform the appropriate background checks and monitor their drivers. You can view our case results by clicking here.


Georgia Law

Interstate trucking companies are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (“FMCSR”), including trucking operations, driver qualifications, hours of service, maintenance of equipment, insurance, and alcohol and drug testing. Georgia also has state specific regulations governing intrastate trucking companies. Intrastate trucking companies pick up and deliver loads only in the state of Georgia and do not cross state lines. By statute, Georgia has adopted many of the federal regulations as also being applicable to intrastate trucking companies. Under Georgia law, intrastate trucking companies must have minimum insurance of $100,000/ $300,000 in liability coverage. Georgia also has a special exemption for logging trucks from many regulations applicable to other commercial vehicles.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a trucking accident, you should contact a trucking attorney at Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC as soon as possible to make sure that evidence is preserved and not destroyed by the trucking company. You can contact us by calling 877-591-1801 or clicking here to email us.

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