Tractor-trailer and train crash in Norcross, Gwinnett County, Georgia

An example of the dangers of semi-trucks in Georgia disobeying the law

This past Friday in Gwinnett County an accident in Norcross in which a train collided with a tractor-trailer fortunately resulted in no reported injuries despite the truck's trailer being split in half. The AJC reported that the incident was not the first near this location. In November 2016 there was another semi-truck collision nearby also involving a train. 

This area of Norcross is near the historic downtown and fortunately no pedestrians, shoppers, or restaurant patrons were injured. The AJC story linked above does, however, point out an interesting fact. The roads have signs prohibiting these semi-trucks from driving in the area. This accident never should have happened if the rules of the road were obeyed.

O.C.G.A. § 40-6-20(a) requires:

"[t]he driver of any vehicle shall obey the instructions of an official traffic-control device applicable thereto, placed in accordance with this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, subject to the exceptions granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this chapter. A violation of this subsection shall be a misdemeanor, except as otherwise provided by subsection (f) of this Code section."

In other words, when an official traffic sign is in place prohibiting the use of a roadway by a vehicle such as an 18-wheeler, it is a violation of Georgia law for the driver of such a truck to drive on that road. The incident demonstrates the dangers of semi-trucks when their drivers do not obey the law.

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or loss in a Georgia trucking accident, please contact Gwinnett County based injury lawyer Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation. 

Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585. The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.