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Carl Forss died after colliding with a semi-truck in Thompson, Georgia

THOMSON, Georgia—Carl Forss, 71, passed away on September 12, 2022, after his pickup truck slammed into the back of a semi-truck. The accident occurred just before 9:40 a.m. in the westbound lanes leading to the Cobbham Road exit on I-20 east of Thomson, Georgia.

Witnesses described Forss’s truck as being “embedded” in the back of the semi-truck, and authorities had to close two lanes of I-20 traffic for several hours to clear the wreckage.

Forss was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 9:53 a.m.

Investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing. No further details have been released.

Semi-trucks stopped on the side of the roadway can lead to fatal consequences, requiring both the driver and trucking company to accept responsibility for the accident.

Unfortunately, we see this kind of crash all too often: a car barrels into the back of a semi-truck parked on the side of a busy roadway, typically resulting in a fatality. In a way, many people have become numb to the frequency with which individuals lose their lives to stopped semi-trucks. This jadedness throughout the country is apparent in the few policy changes intended to prevent large vehicles from resting on the side of the road. However, the only true way to stop this from happening more is to hold both the semi-truck driver and the trucking company responsible.

Semi-truck drivers have a duty, like all drivers, to operate their vehicles in a safe way, especially on heavily trafficked highways or interstates. Although it may not be illegal for a semi-truck to pull over on the shoulder of a roadway, it is certainly not in the best interest of safety for the truck driver or others.

Even though we do not know all the details of this crash, it seems as though the semi-truck driver was negligent in parking the semi-truck on the side of the road. The truck driver could have been taking a break, attending to personal matters, or even sleeping in the semi-truck’s cab. If that was the case, the driver should account for his actions. If the truck was not parked on the side of the road, we would not be here right now.

Alternatively, the semi-truck may have had no choice but to pull over to the side of the road. Still, though, truck drivers attending to an emergency situation are required to set out hazard cones letting others know of the truck’s presence far in advance and turn on hazard lights. Most truck drivers experiencing issues will also attempt to pull over in a designated parking area, rather than risk pulling over on the side of the road. If the driver failed to do any of those things to prevent an accident, the driver may be liable for Forss’s death.

Even if the driver was not negligent in setting up warning signs around his truck, the cause of the accident may be better attributed to whatever caused the emergency in the first place. For instance, the semi-truck may have been experiencing mechanical issues such as engine troubles or a problem with the truck’s steering system.

Semi-truck manufacturers are responsible for producing a quality product capable of traveling long distances without breaking down. Similarly, commercial trucking companies are responsible for ensuring their drivers’ safety by taking measures to perform regular maintenance on their trucks and providing drivers with education about how to handle an emergency. If either the semi-truck manufacturer or commercial trucking company failed to perform such an obligation in this scenario, then Forss’s family may have a direct claim against the driver and the trucking company and/or the truck’s manufacturer.

We can help Forss’s family sort through these complex legal issues. At The Ammons Law Firm, we represent hundreds of families each year in getting to the bottom of these preventable crashes. Not only can we offer investigatory services to get more answers about the cause of the accident, but we help families pursue justice for the untimely death of their loved ones.


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