Recent tractor trailer accidents in Savannah, GA
- Semi Truck Rollover Accident on Highway Access Ramp
Accident Facts A truck driver was rescued after firefighters dismantled the cab of his International tractor-trailer to reach him. The driver was trapped during an accident in which his vehicle rolled onto its side. The 44-year-old driver, whose name is unknown at this time, was on West Gwinnett Street and failed to properly access the... Read more »
- Motorcyclist Runs Red Light, Causes Fatal Crash with Tractor-trailer
Accident Facts A motorcyclist is dead after crashing into the side of a tractor-trailer at high speed. Police identified the rider as James W. Dorsey, 33, of Pooler, according to the Savannah Morning News. Dorsey was traveling west on U.S. 80 at 1:30 a.m. when he failed to stop for a traffic light and slammed... Read more »
- Semi Truck Driver Killed in Single Vehicle Accident
Accident Facts A late night semi truck accident proved fatal for the unnamed driver on June 28. The single vehicle accident involved a truck that flipped over between the Chatham and Lynes Parkways in the westbound lanes of Interstate 16 in Savannah, Georgia. The tractor-trailer reportedly took out roughly 150 feet of guardrail and some... Read more »
- Four People Injured in Accident Involving Three Semis
SAVANNAH, GEORGIA – An truck accident involving three semi trucks and one passenger vehicle caused Interstate 16 in Bryan County to be shut down for hours. Police say that one tractor-trailer hit another, which caused a third truck to jackknife. The fourth vehicle involved swerved to avoid the accident and crashed into a tree. All... Read more »
June 6, 2011 – Interstate 95
Ryan Shannon Breen Fortin, 27, of Edgewater, Florida was killed when the moving van he was riding in collided with a tractor-trailer in Brunswick, Georgia. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Joseph Alston, 56, of Columbia, South Carolina was not injured. Both vehicles were traveling northbound, and Alston’s truck was traveling at a low speed when the moving van ran into the rear of it.
Slow Moving Tractor-Trailer: Tractor-trailers are especially hazardous when driven at low speeds on the interstate. It is difficult for drivers to appreciate the speed differential on the interstates, and the approaching driver assumes that the tractor-trailer is driving at roadway speeds. The end result is that the approaching driver does not realize the tractor trailer is moving slowly until it is too late to avoid a rear-end collision. Truck drivers are trained to warn other vehicles with hazard lights if their vehicle is moving slowly or to pull off onto the side of the road until the mechanical problem that is slowing down the vehicle is repaired. We have handled several collisions involving slow moving vehicles. You can view our case results by clicking here.
The city of Savannah is located in southeast Georgia and is the county seat of Chatham County. Savannah has a population of 134,700 which makes it the fourth largest city in Georgia. Savannah is home to Armstrong Atlanta State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah State University and Savannah Technical College. The main trucking routes that run through Savannah are Interstate 16 (I-16) and Interstate 95 (I-95). I-16 branches off of Interstate 75 (I-75) in Macon and travels southeast to Savannah where it ends. 1-95 is the main highway on the east coast of the United States. It runs north to south from Maine to Florida and enters Georgia in Savannah and continues south through Brunswick and into Florida. Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport provides air services to Savannah.
Interstate trucking companies are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (“FMCSR”), including trucking operations, driver qualifications, hours of service, maintenance of equipment, insurance, and alcohol and drug testing. Georgia also has state specific regulations governing intrastate trucking companies. Intrastate trucking companies pick up and deliver loads only in the state of Georgia and do not cross state lines. By statute, Georgia has adopted many of the federal regulations as also being applicable to intrastate trucking companies. Under Georgia law, intrastate trucking companies must have minimum insurance of $100,000/ $300,000 in liability coverage. Georgia also has a special exemption for logging trucks from many regulations applicable to other commercial vehicles.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a trucking accident, you should contact a trucking attorney at Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC as soon as possible to make sure that evidence is preserved and not destroyed by the trucking company. You can contact us by calling 877-591-1801 or clicking here to email us.