Some Norcross, Georgia residents are off to a rough start in 2020. On Thursday, January 2, 2020, a semi-truck carrying large rolls of paper slammed into two cars stopped at a red light, sending the semi-truck and one of the cars into a QuikTrip parking lot. In total, ten cars were damaged in the crash and one person had to be extricated from their car by first responders.
Early Morning Crash
The accident happened just after 7 a.m. at the corner of Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Brook Hollow Parkway in Norcross. According to Georgia State Patrol officers, the semi-truck was driven by Andrel Meadows. Meadows stated that when he tried to apply the brakes to avoid hitting the cars at the red light, his vehicle began to slide and he lost control of it. A video from a nearby shopping center shows the semi-truck sliding, leaving the road, and then crashing into several parked cars in the QuikTrip parking lot before coming to a stop and landing on its side.
The scene of the aftermath was so unbelievable that even tow-truck drivers were taking pictures of it. Two cars ended up on top of each other, and some vehicles were so smashed that if there had been someone sitting inside, they most likely would have been killed.
Truck Driver Charged
Meadows has now been charged with driving too fast for conditions, following too close, and having an unsecured load. The nine rolls of paper he was carrying in the trailer weighed 5,500 pounds each. It is likely that when he tried to stop the truck, those unsecured rolls in the trailer contributed to him losing control and tipping over.
Only One Injury
Amazingly, the only person hurt in the accident was the person who had to be extricated from their vehicle by the first responders. That person was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Firefighters and other emergency personnel had to close down the area to traffic for hours while the damaged cars were removed and the area was cleaned up, causing other motorists serious commuting delays.
The Hadden Law Firm, Truck Accident Experts
This accident just goes to show that even if you are not on the road driving, you can still be a victim of a truck driver's negligence. In this case, at least ten people are probably looking at having to replace their totaled vehicles, thanks to this trucking accident. If you have suffered property damage or loss, or you were injured in an accident involving a truck driver here in the greater Atlanta area, you deserve experienced legal representation to get you the compensation you deserve. John Hadden used to work as an insurance defense lawyer, but now he devotes his time to representing victims of negligence and wrongdoing. Call The Hadden Law Firm at 404-939-4525 or fill out a contact form to get started on your case today.