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Fatal Gainesville Multi-Car Accident Poses Complex Legal Challenges for Families

August 19, 2013

The dangers of disregarding traffic signals at busy intersections can scarcely be overstated.  Drivers that run red lights or disregard flashing yellow lights that indicate a driver must yield can put vehicle occupants directly on a path that leads to a devastating collision.  Collisions caused by drivers that disregard traffic signals could be caused by driver inattention, excessive speed or simply reckless driving.  Because intersections necessarily entail vehicles crossing paths, the coordination offered by observing traffic signs and signals as well as right of way rules is essential to preventing serious accidents.

The danger posed when drivers do not observe traffic signals and other traffic controls at an intersection was demonstrated by a horrific four-vehicle collision a few weeks ago on Georgia Highway 365 in Gainesville that was reported by  Three vehicle occupants died and six more people were injured in the multi-car pileup.  Our Georgia personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates express our sympathies to the victims and families affected by this terrible chain-reaction crash.

While the incident is still under investigation, Fox indicates police investigators made a preliminary determination that the wreck may have begun when a pickup truck turned left into the path of a tractor-trailer.  The extent of the carnage and property damage may have been greater because the massive tractor-trailer that rolled over was transporting a heavy load.  The weight of the tractor-trailer was so massive that some of the load had to be removed to even clear the wreck so that the roadway could be reopened.

A local resident who lives near the busy highway intersection purportedly told Fox that a traffic signal had only been in place at the intersection for a few months.  She also indicated that more warning indicators might be needed because people who are not paying attention frequently disregard the light.

Multi-car pileups like this can be challenging for personal injury victims.  There are four separate drivers and their insurance companies that will typically try to assign blame to other parties involved in the collision.  The involvement of the commercial carrier for whom the truck driver worked also complicates the process of analyzing fault because an investigation may be necessary to determine if the truck driver violated any trucking safety regulations that may have contributed to the crash.  Further, the public entity responsible for installing the light may also share liability if there was reason to know that motorists were failing to notice the light.

At Montlick and Associates, our Atlanta auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia, the Southeast and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state of Georgia.  No matter where you are located our Atlanta personal injury attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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