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Tractor trailer accident causes chain reaction injury and death

Accidents on a highway can lead to a chain of events, affecting many more vehicles than a crash on lower-traffic roads might. Due to the size of a tractor trailer, one that crashes on a Georgia freeway has the potential to cause serious damage. Truck accidents can destroy guardrails, vehicles and even lives, as was the case with one recent incident.

According to law enforcement, a tractor trailer overturned on Interstate 81 South in Virginia early one morning, damaging a section of guardrail. The driver, who was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries, was later charged with reckless driving. A woman driving a Lexus SUV struck the truck just moments after its driver escaped. Shortly afterward, another tractor trailer hit a piece of the damaged guardrail in the road. The truck veered off the highway and into the median, continuing to travel until it hit a bridge and fell onto the road below.

Impaired Georgia driver kills two, injures four

When you see a driver stranded on the side of the road, you may want to pull over to offer help. Many Columbia County motorists benefit from the help of strangers in situations such as this. The road is a dangerous place, however, and injuries can occur even when you are simply helping someone change a tire. A November incident is an unfortunate reminder of how irresponsibility behind the wheel can harm innocent bystanders.

Early one morning, a Chevrolet Sonic ran out of gas and pulled over on Interstate 20. A Toyota Camry stopped in the right travel lane to help the people in the Sonic. A 29-year-old man driving a Jeep Patriot ended up striking the Camry and side-swiping the Sonic. Two people died as a result of the incident: a passenger in the Camry and a pedestrian who was standing between the vehicles. Four individuals were injured.

Negligent drivers cause fatal car accidents on Georgia roads

Traffic laws are put in place for a good reason. Speed limits and other regulations help keep Georgia residents safe while on the road. When drivers follow too closely or do not pay attention to road signs, major accidents can occur. Two recent fatal wrecks serve as unpleasant reminders of what can happen when motorists fail to take every precaution.

A 67-year-old man was traveling east along a road in Cobb County when another driver struck his car from behind. The crash forced the man’s vehicle into the oncoming lanes where it overturned and struck another car. The man was pronounced dead on the scene, and his passengers – one of whom suffered serious injuries – were taken to a local hospital. The driver of the vehicle who struck the man’s car was not injured and neither was her passenger.

Truck driver jackknifes onto I-85 in Georgia causing fatal crash

Merging from one highway to another can be dangerous for any driver. Tractor-trailers in particular have unique risks on the road as they are typically hauling tons of freight. When moving from one Georgia highway to another, drivers of these large vehicles need to take every precaution to avoid a truck collision. Failure to do so can result in major injuries and even death, as one recent incident reminds us.

According to law enforcement, a tractor-trailer was exiting Interstate 285 one morning when the driver lost control. As a result, the truck jackknifed onto Interstate 85. A second tractor-trailer driving north on I-85 was not able to avoid the first truck and crashed into it. The first truck was sliced in half. The cab of the second truck was crushed and the driver, a 33-year-old from Lithia Springs, was killed.

Impaired woman drives car into Georgia dollar store

A car crash does not always take place on the road. When a Columbia County driver is distracted or impaired, he or she can veer off the road and run into buildings. A car accident such as this can cause serious damage both to property and to people. In one recent incident, a Martinez woman never even got her car out of the parking lot and still caused substantial pain and suffering.

The 37-year-old driver had parked her 2011 Volkswagen Jetta across a small parking lot from a dollar store. According to local law enforcement, she put her car into first gear, driving straight through the front doors of the store. She hit a store register and pinned the cashier under her car causing a leg injury. Two customers in the store were also injured.

Hit-and-run driver kills man changing tire on Georgia interstate

Most drivers have seen a motorist on the side of the road at one time or another. A flat tire can derail any Augusta resident’s commute. Sometimes, an individual will pull over and offer assistance. Unfortunately, it can be dangerous to put yourself in those situations. Negligent passersby can cause accidents that result in serious injuries. For two local good Samaritans, such was the case.

A Stone Mountain resident was driving along Interstate 20 in DeKalb County early one morning when she got a flat tire. She called two friends to help her. A 29-year-old man and his friend arrived and began changing the tire on her 1995 Nissan Maxima. The woman remained inside her car during the process.

Georgia driver did not see other vehicle before fatal accident

While distracted driving and alcohol consumption are to blame for many car wrecks, there are a number of incidents that can be chalked up to simple ignorance or human error. No matter the reason the accidents, the results can be devastating. Many Georgia families have lost loved ones in a wreck. One recent fatal accident serves as a reminder of how important it is to practice extreme caution while on the road.

A 58-year-old man will be remembered as a jack of all trades, according to a family friend. The individual said the man, who was a retired teacher in Georgia, was a friend to everyone and always willing to help where he could. Unfortunately, the man lost his life after a head-on collision early one morning.

Negligent driver kills college student in pedestrian accident

A crosswalk is more than just painted lines on the street; it is actually a safety mechanism put in place to protect pedestrians as they cross the road. Drivers in Georgia are supposed to yield to people in crosswalks when the pedestrians have the right of way. Failure to do so can result in devastating injuries, as one local family is learning the hard way.

A 21-year-old student at Valdosta State University was crossing North Patterson Street when a Chevrolet Silverado turned south onto the road and struck her. The motorist stopped his vehicle and got out of the car to help. According to law enforcement, the driver simply did not see the young woman in the road.

Google: Georgia laws dont apply to new hands-free technology

Distracted driving is a hot-button issue. There are countless campaigns encouraging Georgia drivers to avoid behaviors such as texting and driving, which can result in a car accident. When a negligent driver causes such an incident, he or she may be held responsible both legally and financially.

A search engine company is pushing a new kind of technology that advocates claim is no more distracting than dashboard internet applications. Google has not yet made their wearable computer available for purchase, but it did not stop representatives from making a presentation to Georgia lawmakers recently. The search engine company argues that their product, dubbed “Google Glass” and worn like a pair of eyeglasses, should not be included in distracted driving legislation because it is hands-free technology.

Forced blood tests possible for Georgia drivers accused of DUI

When someone is accused of driving under the influence, local law enforcement typically conduct a sobriety check. A Georgia driver may be asked to submit to a Breathalyzer test or other exam. Up until recently, a driver could refuse certain tests, which could actually help them escape some consequences of a car accident. However, a recent ruling will allow for law enforcement to mandate tests under certain conditions.

A 2006 state Supreme Court ruling had decided that if an individual refuses a test and therefore accepts any punishment associated with doing so, law enforcement are not permitted to conduct a sobriety test. However, there was a provision added to this implied consent law that said if a judge issues a search warrant, law enforcement are able to collect evidence.

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