FORSYTH COUNTY, Georgia -- James Wright, 65, of Cumming, Georgia, was killed, and others were injured, after an accident involving a semi-truck on September 16, 2022. Wright was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders. All others were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the semi, who was uninjured, now stands charged with homicide by vehicle to the first degree, reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions, and following too close. The driver is reportedly being held without bond.
A preliminary report revealed that the accident occurred at around 8:30 p.m. in the Cumming area near Highway 400 and Browns Bridge Road semi-truck failed to stop for traffic on the southbound side of the highway, crashing into a Nissan, causing that vehicle and the semi to cross the center lane into oncoming northbound traffic where the trucker then hit a Kia on its driver's side, killing the man inside.
Other drivers on the road reported damage to their vehicles by flying debris. Deputies say the highway was closed down for five hours in order to investigate and clean up after the accident.
James Wright’s family will likely have a cause of action for negligence against the truck driver and the truck driver’s employer
Deputies said a Nissan Rogue, Jeep Cherokee, Honda Civic, and Cadillac CTS were in the northbound lane of GA-400 yielding or stopping for traffic. In the southbound lane of GA-400 was a Kia Sorento that was going through the intersection after getting a green light. At the same time, a loaded Freightliner tractor-trailer, operated by 61-year-old Charles Wilkins of Cumming, was traveling in the left northbound lane of GA-400, when officials said the tractor-trailer failed to stop and hit the rear of the Nissan, causing a chain reaction. The Nissan and the tractor-trailer crossed over into the median, and the tractor-trailer hit the Kia’s driver’s side front door.
To determine exactly what factors were involved in this tragic wreck, the family of James Wright should consult a lawyer who is experienced in catastrophic accidents. These lawyers have a team of professionals who will conduct their own investigation into the truck driver’s negligence, as well as investigate the truck driver’s employer to determine whether the trucking company involved had a proper safety culture in place.
Commercial trucks are vehicles of enormous size and weight, and it is imperative that they are constantly aware of their surroundings. In this accident, it looks like the semi-truck driver was not keeping a proper lookout and may have been distracted. Perhaps the driver fell asleep at the wheel due to not having enough sleep or going too long without a break. Another possibility is that the semi-truck driver was not properly trained on how to avoid an accident such as this. Now a man is dead, and his family will suffer his loss. Truck drivers must be held responsible for their negligence, and the trucking companies they work for can also be held liable if they failed to take proper precautions to prevent these tragic occurrences. A trucking company is obligated to instruct its drivers on the rules of the road and to teach them safety protocols in order to avoid deadly collisions such as this. If they fail to do so, the trucking company could share in the liability of the accident.
Therefore, the family of James Wright can pursue both the truck driver and the truck driver’s employer in court. To be successful in this regard, an independent investigation is necessary to pin down the precise points of negligence the driver and the trucking company are guilty of in relation to this devastating crash. At The Ammons Law Firm, we have the knowledge, training, and resources to handle an independent investigation like this. We have successfully pursued recovery on behalf of car crash victims for over 30 years. It is our goal to seek justice on behalf of our clients and to hold these large trucking companies liable for their negligence. We strive to make America’s roadways safe for all who traverse them.