The city of Albany is located in southwestern Georgia and has a population of approximately 75,600 making it the ninth largest city in Georgia. Albany is the county seat for Dougherty County. Albany is home to Albany State University, Albany Technical College and Darton College. There are two main trucking routes that run through the city of Albany: US 19 and 82. US 19 runs north from Albany to Atlanta and south into Florida. US 82 runs west from Albany to Alabama and east through Tifton, and onto Brunswick where it meets Interstate 95. Southwest Georgia Regional Airport provides air services to Albany.
Recent Truck Accidents in the Area
October 10 – on River Road
Around 1:00 a.m., a collision occurred involving a tractor-trailer near Albany, Georgia. Mr. Yip Thai Nguyen of Westminster, California was driving his tractor-trailer south in Mitchell County, Georgia when he ran a stop sign and was hit by Ms. Barbara Ann Thomas of Leary, Georgia. Ms. Thomas was driving along State Route 37. Mr. Nguyen and Ms. Thomas were both injured in the collision. Mr. Nguyen was issued two citations, one for running a stop sign and two for driving too fast for conditions.
24-Hour Awareness: The most dangerous time for truck drivers is after midnight and before 6 a.m. Many truck drivers overdrive their headlights, meaning they drive at a speed that exceeds their ability to see hazards within the visibility of the headlights. Fatigue is also an issue with nighttime driving. Truck drivers are only allowed to drive 11 hours per day according to federal regulations. As they near or exceed this limitation, the truck driver becomes tired and sleepy and prone to not recognizing traffic control devices. We have handled numerous nighttime tractor-trailer accidents. You can see our case results by clicking here.
May 2, 2011 – Intersection of State Highway 520 and Doublegate Drive
A pregnant teenager from Lee County, Heather Aycock, died after the silver Mustang in which she was a passenger was involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer. The accident occurred just north of the Dougherty-Lee County line. The Georgia State Patrol identified the driver of the tractor-trailer as Berry Broadhead of Alabama. The driver of the silver Mustang was confirmed to be Teresa Aycock. Authorities are not certain as to how the accident occurred but believe the Mustang was turning at the time of the collision when it was struck by the tractor-trailer.
Smith System of Defensive Driving: Truck drivers must be diligent in their lookout for vehicles around them. Because of the size and velocity of a tractor-trailer, even a low speed collision with a passenger vehicle can have devastating results. Truck drivers are taught to use the Smith System of Defensive Driving. The Smith System cautions the truck driver to beware of traffic around them and to always have an escape route in mind for all traffic on the highway. Truck drivers are professional drivers and are held to a higher standard of care than a regular driver like you and me. We have handled numerous collisions involving tractor-trailers and commercial vehicles. You can see our case results by clicking here
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 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.