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Car Strikes and Tragically Kills Woman on Interstate 75 in Dalton, Georgia


December 20, 2019

DALTON, GA- Newschannel9.com writes that a woman died earlier this week while returning to her vehicle, which she had parked on the side of the roadway. The Georgia State Police stated that the victim and her passenger exited a black Honda Civic on the right side of the road. When the woman, a 37-year-old from Resaca, Georgia, attempted to get back into the Honda, police say that she stepped into the right lane of traffic. A commercial vehicle in the rightmost lane of traffic struck the victim. The Whitefield County Deputy Coroner stated that the woman died at the scene of the crash.*

The Georgia State Police have not yet filed any charges against the driver who killed the victim. 

When it comes to high-speed roadways like divided highways and interstates, a broken down vehicle or minor crash can cause some serious risks and dangers. Vehicles are traveling at high speeds, and there can be considerable distances between exits. The shoulder of the roadway might be the only option for a driver to use to pull out of traffic.  

Of course, the shoulder of the road is located right next to lanes of traffic. Across the country, there are roads with speed limits up to 80 miles per hour. Add that with the fact that about 70 percent of drivers readily admit to speeding, and it becomes painfully clear that the shoulder of the road is a dangerous place.

According to AARP, stopping on the shoulder should only be done in an absolute emergency. If it is necessary to stay on the shoulder, drivers should turn on their emergency blinkers in an attempt to make themselves more visible. For drivers traveling past disabled vehicles, AARP says to give those vehicles or people space. Drivers should move into a lane farther away from any vehicles and people located on the side of the road.

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Sources:https://newschannel9.com/news/local/gsp-woman-hit-killed-after-exiting-car-on-i-75-shoulder-near-dalton-tuesday-night and https://www.aarp.org/auto/driver-safety/info-2013/10-strategies-for-highway-driving.html and https://www.motoringresearch.com/car-news/70-percent-drivers-knowingly-speed/ and https://www.iihs.org/topics/speed/speed-limit-laws

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