Truck accident law firm Beasley Allen has settled another case in Georgia involving a motor vehicle crash involving big trucks. On Aug. 29, 2017, our client Lynn Curry was driving a 2012 Jeep Compass vehicle northbound on Interstate 285 in Cobb County, Georgia. Her vehicle was in the third lane from the left shoulder. An 18-wheeler owned by CT Transportation, LLC out of Port Wentworth, Georgia, was being driven by Ernest Elmore, Jr. He was traveling northbound in the lane behind our client’s vehicle. Elmore was an employee of Defendant CT Transportation.
John Thomas Haugen was operating another big truck owned by Florilli Transportation LLC, located in West Liberty, Iowa, and was also traveling northbound. Haugen was an employee of Florilli Transportation.
In an attempt to change lanes, Elmore drove his truck into Haugen’s truck two lanes over, thereby causing a collision. Haugen was driving over the speed limit and too fast for conditions, rendering him unable to avoid a collision with Elmore’s vehicle. As the Elmore and Haugen trucks collided, the Haugen truck then entered our client’s lane, impacting her vehicle.
This accident occurred during early morning rush hour traffic. This caused the immobilization of commuters, including our Client. This road condition was a potential hazard well known to all commercial truck drivers. There was also active construction in the area, which created an additional hazard.
Both Elmore and Haugen ignored the danger created by the two hazardous conditions. Our client, properly belted, was on her way to work at the time of the accident and her vehicle was not moving at the time of the collision.
The speed limit in the area where the accident occurred was 40 mph, without factoring in rush-hour traffic and construction. According to John Haugen’s blackbox download on his vehicle, he was traveling at speeds that reached up to 53 mph right before the accident happened. Haugen maintained that he did nothing to cause or contribute to this accident, and stated that Elmore pulled into his lane of travel abruptly, causing the collision. He maintained that the speed limit in the area was 55 mph and that it was only 40 mph in the approaching curve. Although Haugen disputed the speed limit in the area, he admitted in deposition that he would have been able to avoid hitting our client had he been traveling at 40 mph.
Our client suffered serious injuries, including a traumatic brain injury; a C4-5-disc herniation causing ventral cord compression, and lumbar facet capsular injury. She filed claims of negligence and wantonness in her complaint against CT Transportation, LLC; Florilli Transportation LLC; Ernest Elmore, Jr.; and John Thomas Haugen. Plaintiff also alleged negligent hiring, training and supervision against Defendants CT and Florilli.
The Plaintiff was represented by Beasley Allen lawyers Chris Glover and Ben Keen from our Atlanta office, along with Gibson Vance, who is based in Montgomery. The case was successfully settled for the client. The lawyers and staff did a tremendous job in the investigation and presentation in this case.
As part of our practice as a truck accident law firm, Beasley Allen has lawyers and investigators with experience in handling these often-complicated claims. Handling a truck accident claim is very different than a standard automobile accident. There are many state and federal regulations under the direction of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) applied to these cases. A truck accident law firm must be familiar with these rules, and dedicate time to thorough investigation.
This story appears in the January 2021 issue of The Jere Beasley Report. For more like this, visit the Report online and subscribe.