The logging truck was retrofitted with a several-feet-long steel extension off the trailer. This extension impaled Keith’s vehicle and dragged it over 300 feet to its final resting position. Keith was severely injured and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler was uninjured.
This motor vehicle accident implicates not only the driver of the truck but also the trucking company that employed him. The truck driver failed to consider the poor visibility conditions when re-entering the roadway. Trucking companies have a duty to hire, train, and supervise their drivers to ensure that large commercial vehicles like the one involved in this accident are operated in a manner that follows Georgia law and prioritizes the safety of those with whom they share the road. The defendant trucking company failed at this duty, and as a result, Keith lost his life.
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