Logging Truck Accident - $680,000.00
Jurisdiction: State Court of Coweta County
Liability Facts: This collision occurred on Friday, November 11, 2011 at approximately 5:30 a.m. on GA Highway 14 in Coweta County, Georgia. Our client, The Plaintiff in the lawsuit, driving a 2002 Chevrolet “Tahoe”, was traveling south in the southbound travel lane of GA Highway 14. The Defendant trucking company and their driver, driving a 2003 Sterling “AT950” semi-truck (pulling a trailer loaded with timber logs) was attempting to turn left to travel north on GA Highway 14, from a gravel lot. As the logging truck was attempting his left turn onto GA Highway 14, the trailer (loaded down with logs) had not cleared the southbound travel lane. This was a stretch of country road in the dark of night. Just prior to the impact, our client was negotiating a right curve on a down hill grade of the roadway at approximately 5:30 a.m. (it was still dark outside) when he came upon the logging truck’s trailer across the roadway. Since he had no way of anticipating that a tractor trailer loaded with logs would be blocking the roadway, compounded by the fact that this incident occurred prior to daylight, our client’s vehicle crashed head on into the left rear side of the logging truck trailer, which was loaded down with logs. Our client’s vehicle came to an uncontrolled rest facing east in the southbound travel lane of GA Highway 14.
Injuries: Due to the fact that our clients injuries were life threatening, it was determined that his condition required urgent initiation of treatment and that the delay associated with ground transport would be detrimental to his condition. The onsite EMT’s placed our client in full spinal immobilization and Air Life 4 was called for rapid transport via helicopter to a nearby trauma center. At the hospital, it was determined that our client had received the following injuries:
- Fractures of the mandible (the lower jaw bone that forms the lower part of the skull and along with the maximilla forms the mouth and holds the lower teeth in place) on the right side.
- An anterior dislocation of the right mandibular condyle relative to the mandibular fossa.
- Fractures of the left fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth ribs.
- A soft tissue mass was noted in the right inguinal canal.
- A fracture of the left zygomatic arch (the bony arch at the outer border of the eye socket, formed by the union of the cheek bone and the temporal bone.
- Disc bulging at C3-4, C4-5, C5-6 and C6-7.
- A closed head injury.
- A hemorrhagic contusion.
Our client began experiencing respiratory failure. Therefore, he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit where he was constantly monitored. Upon admission into the Intensive Care Unit, our client was intubated, lethargic and confused. After our client was stabilized, his open thigh wound was closed with staples and he was transferred to the Neurological ICU via a stretcher. This client was hospitalized for approximately two weeks.
Attorney: Robert A. Falanga